Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Muffins

Banana Walnut Muffins are a delicious breakfast or snack. This healthy recipe uses brown rice flour and is sweetened with honey for a nutritious and delicious muffin!

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!

Banana Walnut Muffins | Gluten-Free and Naturally Sweetened. Made with brown rice flour and honey for a healthy snack or breakfast #recipe

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.


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,


Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Muffins

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Muffins

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, banana muffins, gluten free
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 9 muffins
Author: Julia

Gluten-free banana walnut muffins made with rice flour




  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!

Recipe Notes

*You can also use grapeseed or olive oil


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  1. Kari

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

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks Kari! She’s an incredible woman and I feel so lucky to have her as a mom! Happy Mother’s Day to you too!!

    1. Julia Post author

      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. Sugar et al

    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. dishing up the dirt

    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!

    1. Julia Post author

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

  4. Mom

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

  5. Clara Wells

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    1. Julia Post author

      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!

      1. Sandy

        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.

    1. Julia Post author

      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. Daniele

    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!

    1. Julia Post author

      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!

    1. Sam

      Coconut flour is very absorbent and fluffy, so it might eat up the wet ingredients quickly. Almond meal would probably be the best, but with a nut/almond allergy, you might also consider oat flour (aka blended rolled oats), which are less absorbant options. As it is, my attempt was on the dry side. You can read my notes from attempting this in the comment below.

  10. Sam

    Adorable story about your mom. Thank you for posting this recipe! I’m getting ready to cook for a crowd and this is perfect for some food intolerances.

    I tried this with safflower oil and a tsp of vanilla extract to the wet. I also subbed 1/3 of the flour for buckwheat, and added a tsp each of allspice, ginger root powder, and nutmeg. Other than that I stuck to the recipe….

    The results out of the oven looked pretty good. Evenly cooked, good texture on the first appearance. When they cooled, I cut it and they were a little dense. There were nice moist little chunks of banana still in the muffins which I love. The nuts cooked perfectly inside, I don’t like raw walnuts and considered caramelizing them first, but didn’t for the sake of time and an extra pan to clean! The flavor was flat, but overall they were a bit bitter, and dry. I’m cooling them in the fridge because that somehow has elevated the banana flavor with breads I’ve made in the past, and I hope it does so with these as well. My quick fix to not waste them would be to slice them in half and spread some jam for flavor. Toasting them with butter might help as well, but the crowd I’m testing these for won’t be able to add anything to them, its a grab and go kind of thing.

    Next time, I will try using coconut oil, sub 1/3 almond meal, double the spices, double the honey, and maybe a splash of coconut milk. I’ll also make half with a light oat streusel topping to give it more flavor. I hope it’ll work out better!

  11. gabriele

    Well… so much better than I’ve expected! (had a bad day for cooking)
    I have used white rice flower and a bit of almond flour + all purpose, used coconut oil, also did a smaller batch. The texture is beautiful! The only thing I would change, I would use less honey as muffins turned out nearly too sweet :O :p
    Thanks for an easy and really good recipe 😉


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