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1-Bowl Banana Buckwheat Muffins (Vegan + GF)

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Two banana buckwheat muffins on a paper liner with the first one partially eaten to show the fluffy crumb texture

The goal: portable, delicious, and a bit nutritious! And so banana buckwheat muffins were born! These nutty, wholesome muffins are vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and easy to make with just 1 bowl and 10 ingredients required. 

They’re great for after-school snacks, on-the-go breakfasts, and more! Grab your mixing bowl, let’s make muffins!

Potato starch, almond flour, buckwheat flour, water, cocout sugar, walnuts, vanilla, salt, baking soda, banana, and flaxseed meal

These 1-bowl buckwheat muffins begin with the wet ingredients: a flax egg, mashed banana, coconut sugar, a little oil, and vanilla.

Buckwheat can have a strong flavor on its own (and a dense texture), so it’s not always our go-to gluten-free flour. But when paired with another strong flavor like banana? This low glycemic, gluten-free nutrient powerhouse seed is going in our muffins!

Using a fork to mash a banana in a bowl with flax egg

Then it’s on to the dry ingredients: gluten-free flours, salt, and baking soda. To balance the denser texture of the buckwheat flour, we include almond flour and potato starch. The result? A wholesome, not-too-heavy muffin with a perfect crumb texture!

Using a spoon to add muffin batter to a lined muffin tin

The final step before baking: deciding whether these will be banana muffins or banana nut muffins. Adding walnuts gets our vote! But if you’re not a fan, no one will be mad if you leave them out. And they definitely won’t be mad if you go rogue and throw in some chocolate chips.

Stack of vegan gluten-free banana buckwheat muffins

We hope you LOVE these banana buckwheat muffins! They’re:

Nutty
Wholesome
Perfectly banana-y
A little sweet
Easy to make
& SO delicious!

These sturdy muffins are perfect for on-the-go breakfasts, brunch gatherings, after-school snacks, and so much more! Our Cinnamon Vanilla Dandelion Tea Latte and Easy Masala Chai would be delicious pairings.

More Wholesome Muffin Recipes

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo @minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Two vegan gluten-free banana buckwheat muffins on a plate

Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 35 minutes

Total Time 1 hour

Servings 10 (Muffins)

Course Breakfast, Snack

Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan

Freezer Friendly 1 month

Does it keep? 3-4 Days

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  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal (to make flax egg)
  • 2 ½ Tbsp water (to make flax egg)
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar*
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil or melted coconut oil (or other neutral oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buckwheat flour (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/4 cup potato starch (NOT potato flour)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour* (we like Wellbee’s)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a standard-size muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside.

  • To a medium mixing bowl, add flaxseed meal and water. Stir to combine and let gel for 5 minutes.

  • Add the bananas to the flax mixture and mash well with a fork until only little chunks of banana remain. We prefer them to be pretty smooth! Next add coconut sugar, oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk well to combine. Add buckwheat flour, potato starch, almond flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Whisk until no flour streaks remain. If using walnuts, fold them into the batter at this point.

  • Divide the batter evenly between 10 muffin liners (or 12 if including walnuts // adjust if altering batch size) and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few crumbs.

  • Once cooked, let the muffins cool for 10 minutes in the muffin pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before enjoying. Leftovers can be stored lightly covered at room temperature for up to 3-4 days or frozen for 1 month!

*We haven’t tested this recipe with eggs, but it would likely work to replace the flaxseed meal + water with 1 egg if not vegan/egg-free. Let us know in the comments if you try it!
*If you tend to prefer less-sweet treats, you can use half the amount of coconut sugar with success. Make sure to let the muffins cool fully for best texture.
*Both homemade and store-bought buckwheat flour work well in this recipe. Store-bought will be a bit more dry and homemade a bit more moist.
*Almond flour keeps these muffins a little moist with a crumb-like texture. If you need to make them almond-free, cashew flour would be the next best option. If nut-free, you could try sunflower seed meal, but it may give your muffins a green-tinted color because of the way the seed meal reacts with baking soda.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Serving: 1 muffin Calories: 131 Carbohydrates: 22.6 g Protein: 1.5 g Fat: 4.6 g Saturated Fat: 0.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 154 mg Potassium: 137 mg Fiber: 1.5 g Sugar: 12.8 g Vitamin A: 2 IU Vitamin C: 2 mg Calcium: 12 mg Iron: 0.3 mg



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