Banana Walnut Muffins for My Mom on Mother’s Day

Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Muffins

Hey Mom,

Happy Mother’s Day! I wish I was enjoying the day with you in person, but since I’m not, I figured I’d write you a letter broadcasting how much I la-de-dove you.  Right now, you’re in the mountains hiking around, enjoying nature with Carlo and having a relaxing day. You’re far from the intranet, and that’s awesome, so you’ll get to read this when you’re home and all tuckered out.

Mother. You’ve given everything you have to your family.

Every morning in high school, you made me my favorite smoothie and toast with the perfect amount of butter (about half a stick). You made me turkey pitas for lunch and even though those got reeeeeal old after a while, you made sure I always had healthy food to fuel my developing brain. You drove me to school at 6:30am to get tutored by my physics teacher. You raised a family while owning a business. You. are. a. powerhouse!

You made me tea while I wailed about my breakups. You travelled with me all across the country. You pretended to be my sister while we were in a comedy club in New York City. You cultured me. You bought me my first Ayn Rand book, my Barbara Kingsolver books, my Paulo Coelho collection. We watched foreign films together. Ate too much Dulce de Leche ice cream. You and me. We’re real firecrackers.

You taught me how to bake. You made my brother’s and sister’s wedding cakes. Who does that? You.

Gluten-free banana walnut muffins

You encouraged me to be me. You never told me who to be or what to become. You gave me unconditional support and for that…I have no words.

You love geology. Right now, you’re looking at rocks in the mountains. I don’t get it and sometimes I tune you out a little bit while you’re telling me about geology, but I love that you love the earth and I love that you are always learning. You’re my rock. And now you’re crying, I can just tell.

You’re energetic and animated with your grandkids. You teach them, play with them, give them sugar and they love you to pieces.

You’re the hardest worker I know. The most honest person I know. You never make mountains out of mole hills and you help everyone around you keep life in perspective.  You make every person you meet feel good about themselves.

I love that you always have dreams. You always want to do things. And you and Carlo are building a cabin with your own hands. I love that. And you posted on my blog! How freaking cool!

If I could teleport these Banana Walnut Muffins to you so that you and Carlo could have a hikey treat, I absolutely would. I don’t need to tell you how these should be served because you already know. With half a stick of butter. Drizzle of honey. A berry smoothie. Alongside as many books as you have the attention span to read. Bangity BOOM!

Gluten-free banana walnut muffins

Your favorite flower is growing in my front yard, so I think of you every time I leave and come home. I know you like the white irises the best, but this guy’s pretty friendly too.

Iris

I love you mom. This year, you get a letter. Next year you get a rap song. Mueller women, represent!

From your daughter who thinks the woooooorld of you,

Julia

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Muffins

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 38 minutes

Yield: 9 muffins

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup walnut oil*
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil a muffin pan
  2. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas and whisk in the eggs, oil and honey.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the brown rice flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and walnuts.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix until completely combined.
  5. Fill the muffin holes three-quarters of the way up with batter.
  6. Bake in for 30 minutes or until muffins test clean.
  7. Serve with butter and honey!

Notes

*You can also use grapeseed or olive oil

http://www.theroastedroot.net/gluten-free-banana-walnut-muffins/

Comments

  1. Kari says

    What a beautiful tribute to your dear Mother! Sounds like she deserves a lot of love ! Happy Mother’s Day!

    • Julia says

      Ohhhhh nooooooo! I should have put a disclaimer at the beginning: Do not listen to country music while reading this post. It will cause tears. I feel like country plus anything emotional is a recipe for cry face. Hope you’re having a great weekend, lady!

  2. says

    That was such a lovely tribute to your Mom. I bet she is proud of you! Words are never enough to share what Mother’s do for us whether they are near or far away. My Mom is miles away and I so miss her. The banana walnut muffins look out of the world. With half a stick of butter and a drizzle of honey, I would be in Heaven. Oh and the flower is so beautiful just like your post!

  3. says

    This post totally has me tearing up. Damn you Julia!
    Absolutely lovely tribute to your mom. The older I get the more and more I love and appreciate my mom. My world would be a scary place without her!

    • Julia says

      I was balling while writing it…I agree, great moms are so important and we’re so lucky to have them!

  4. Mom says

    Thank you, my talented daughter, for your loving and kind words. You are the best gift a mother could have.

  5. says

    You recalled me of my late mom. This post is a real tribute to your Mom. Thanks for sharing your feelings. Nobody can take the place of a mother. Keep her preserved.

  6. Carol Stroud says

    It looks lovely but I cant even try them as they have honey and honey causes more pain than regular flour does. Pity

  7. Sarah says

    made your muffins…really enjoyed them first time doing gluten free something ( bought some rice flour but didn’t know what to do with it and now i have a great recipe)

  8. Sandy says

    I tried this recipe yesterday, and substituted the olive oil for the walnut oil. Other than that, I followed the recipe. When we tasted them, there was an extremely bitter taste, which was so bad we threw out the muffins. Could I have done something wrong?

    • says

      Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear the recipe didn’t work for you, Sandy! What type of brown rice flour did you use? My only guess would be the flour had a bitter taste to it. Also, were you sure to use baking powder instead of baking soda? I find a lot of people try to substitute one for the other, but too much baking soda leads to an awful bitter taste. Let me know, and so sorry again the muffins didn’t work out!

      • Sandy says

        Thanks for the reply, Julia. My husband’s nutritionist suggested he try going GFCF to see if it helps some of his heath issues. This was the first try at baking something for him. Maybe I’ll try it again and see how it comes out. I’ll let you know.

    • says

      Oh great!! I’m so glad you made and enjoyed the muffins. I’ve been meaning to make another batch and add dark chocolate – my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Thanks for your feedback, Katie, and have a great week!

  9. says

    Thank you thank you thank you for this recipe! I have tried so many gluten free muffin recipes and so few of them have worked out. Until today – this recipe was perfect! My son just told me they are the best muffins I ever made. Thank you!

    • says

      Yaaaaaaay! I’m so happy to hear it, Daniele! It’s one of my favorite muffin recipes I’ve made. So easy and always so satisfying! Thanks so much for your kind words and Happy Holidays!

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