Monkey Muffins – Banana Bread with No Sugar or Oil!

monkey muffin banana bread recipe no sugar or oilEver wonder what to do with those ugly brown bananas that you’re getting ready to throw away?  This is the perfect whole food recipe for ‘Monkey Muffins’ (aka Banana Bread), using NO refined Sugar or Oil!!  Plus the ingredients are actually healthy for you and they taste so good!

I always keep these mini-muffins on hand in the freezer for when I get that ‘gotta have bread’ craving… one little muffin will usually do the trick!  They’re also perfect for my teething toddler – I just take one out of the freezer and let my little monkey happily gnaw on one (without nuts).

I use this recipe to make my second son’s first birthday cake.  This way, he could still messily devour his cake without me having to worry about all that horrible sugar and food coloring!

If you’re looking for a Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Bread Recipe… I have one of those over HERE!

The special tools & ingredients I used in this recipe are:

Vitamix - The Best Kitchen Tool I Own!

Monkey Muffins - Banana Bread Recipe - No Sugar or Oil!
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This Monkey Muffins Banana Bread Recipe is made with NO refined Sugar, NO Oil & can easily be made Gluten Free! It's perfect for regular or mini muffins.
Recipe type: Gluten Free
Cuisine: Baked Goods
Serves: 12 Large Muffins
  • 1½ cups Flour (you can use any flour - Regular or Gluten Free)
  • ½ cup Ground Flax Meal (I grind mine fresh in the VitaMix right before - if you don't do this, just be sure that your flax meal is fresh)
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 3 Ripe Bananas (the riper they are, the better & sweeter they will be)
  • ⅓ cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Milk or Milk Alternative (Coconut, Almond, Soy, Rice, etc...)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg
  • Natural Coconut
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Raisins
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Whole Almonds
  1. Pre-Heat Oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In medium sized bowl, combine Dry Mix Ingredients & set aside.
  3. In small bowl (or in VitaMix/Blender), beat wet ingredients until smooth and well pureed.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk together until smooth.
  5. Fold in any optional ingredients.
  6. Pour mixture into greased or papered muffin pans.
  7. Garnish with optional toppings before baking.
  8. Bake for approximately 15 - 20 minutes until tops brown and toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let muffins cool completely before storing in a Ziploc bag.
  10. Store muffins in airtight container on counter or refrigerator.
Makes 12 Large or 24 Mini Muffins

monkey muffin banana bread recipe no sugar or oil


  1. Jan says

    wow, i just found your blog via a youtube search, and it’s incredible! i’m going to try this recipe and your dirty juice this afternoon. we use a blendtec blender and i’m sure it will work as well. i’m thinking about getting a dehydrator for making snacks. my husband is addicted to chips, and i’m trying to figure out a way to come up with a healthier alternative. back to exploring your blog! :)

  2. Sue says

    Hi Erika,
    These are amazing! Can you possibly make the Living Cookbook recipe file available? :-)
    After testing this software (due to your recommendation), I decided to buy it too and am slowly putting my fave recipes in it. :-)

    • says

      Hi Sue!

      So glad to hear that you like Living Cookbook, it’s a great recipe program!

      I stopped creating Living Cookbook files for my recipes once Living Cookbook upgraded their software… Now you can just copy and paste any recipe right into the program! It’s a really cool new feature! =)

      Here’s a link to a ‘How-To’ Video done by the software developer… he does a great job explaining how to do it.

      Hopefully this will make your life a lot easier as you fill your new software with yummy recipes!

      If you need any more help figuring it out, feel free to ask! =)

      Thanks & God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  3. Sue says

    Thanks for this! I’ve now been using this copy/paste feature in my Living Cookbook and it sure makes life easier.
    By the way, I LOVE these muffins. So easy and soooo good!

  4. says

    I made these muffins last week for the first time and they were gone within days. I am getting ready to make them a second time today! I make half the batch with just the basic recipe and the other half I mix in dried blueberries. My 2 children love them, thank you!

    • says

      Hi Sally!

      What a great idea to add dried Blueberries – that sounds so good! Glad you and your family are enjoying the muffins.

      God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  5. Jude Washington says

    Hi Erika,
    I found your site after searching for recipes to use with my Vita Mix! I’m super excited to have found your site because I am a vegetarian and so are my 2 sons, but my hubby, like yours LOVES meat! I can’t wait to try some of your yummy recipes. I am making these muffins tonight I pick up my son from school and I’m just SO excited to try them. Any way you could post the sugar free Cream Cheese frosting recipe? Thanks so much!

    • says

      Hi Jude!

      Thanks for the sweet comment! Glad to know that I’m not the only one with a ‘Meaty’ Husband =)

      I have a few alternative ‘Frosting’ recipes I want to share, so thanks for the reminder to add the Sugar Free Cream Cheese Frosting to the list. I’m will hopefully post it soon!

      Hope the muffins were a hit!

      God Bless!

  6. Kayce says

    I just watched your video on YouTube and this recipe seems amazing!
    I’m just wondering if I could use flax seed and then grind them, would that be the same as ground flax meal? Thank you so much! (: Please reply soon, so I can make some AWESOME Monkey muffins! haha~

    • says

      Hi Kayce!

      Yes, you can totally grind your own Flax Meal out of fresh Flax Seeds! =) In fact, that’s what I do all of the time… it’s the freshest way to go! Hope you love the muffins as much as we do!

      God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  7. Sharon Eads says

    My husband cannot have honey. Can I substitute maple syrup or just sugar for the sweetener in this recipe? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Sharon!

      Yes, any real sugar substitute will work fine… so Maple Syrup, Date Sugar or Regular Sugar will work great!

      God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  8. Delphine says

    Can I make the sandwich bread recipe with regular all purpose flour 1:1 since I do not have all of the other flours to make your mix? I really want to try this but am afraid the bread will come out very dry. Please advise.

    • says

      Hi Delphine, You could try the substitution, but I don’t think it would turn out great. There are so many wonderful regular flour sandwich bread recipes online, perhaps one of those would be better. I also have a fantastic standard white bread recipe for a bread maker that I could share if you have one of those. God Bless! ~Erika

  9. Laura says

    Hi, I love this recipe but I don’t have any flaxseed at home. Is it possible to use chia seeds as a substitute? Thanks so much!
    -Laura V

    • says

      Hi Laura! Chia doesn’t have the oil content that flax does, so it may not work as well… but if you decided to give it a try, let me know how it goes! =) God Bless! ~Erika

    • Laura says

      Hi Erika, I did use chia seeds and they turned out really good. I did have to cook them longer but they taste awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Laura Wing says

    Hi Erika, I have made your gluten free flour and love it. I have celiac and had to learn a whole new way to bake. I love to bake. I have used the flour in all of my baking now and everything turns out good. I was eating a muffin and my husband said what are you doing you are going to get sick. He didn’t relize they were gluten free. Thank you for your flour recipe. I also use it to coat chicken for frying. So good.

  11. Aletha says

    Thank you so much Erica for sharing. I am going to start with putting together the flower mixture and trying your chicken pie recipe. I am so excited. Every pie recipe I have tried so far have not been keepers (too dry, too moist to roll out, or taste like cardboard. Going gluten free has been relatively easy, but I miss pie. :-)
    My best, Aletha from Monterey California

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