Gluten free, banana, almond and chocolate muffins

– My Mom does make the most gorgeous banana muffins. Here I modify things slightly to go gluten free. You can add the cocoa or leave it out. Your choice.

The Recipe:

Preheat oven to 180C/350F


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil or good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 2/3 cup ground gluten free oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp good quality cocoa


  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds


  1. Prep muffins tins with light lining of coconut oil
  2. Mix together beaten eggs, mashed banana, maple syrup, oil, vanilla and baking powder.
  3. Add in ground almonds, ground oats and cocoa plus any optional ingredients and stir just until mixed.
  4. Pop in oven at 180C/350F for 30-35 minutes or knife comes out of a muffin clean.
  5. Enjoy!

Makes about 10 small muffins.

I suggest doubling recipe if you want some muffins for a few days.

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Charlene Hutsebaut

Charlene Hutsebaut is a Canadian Personal Trainer and corporate wellness speaker working in London. Charlene wants to help you become the hero in your own healthy story! She was a Life Fitness - Top 10 Global Finalist in the Personal Trainers to Watch Competition 2015. Charlene was the only UK woman to make it and 1 of only 3 women in the top ten. She brings her passion for the outdoors to the core of her workouts. She aims to make wellness achievable for everyone, with or without a gym membership. Her love of fitness started early, at age 3, on her first pair of ice skates. Since then, she has completed degrees in Physical Education and Education as well as studying Athletic Therapy. She is a Stott Pilates instructor and has Functional Sports Nutrition Academy Levels 1 & 2. She has logged an impressive 15,000 PT hours in her 24 years of experience. Charlene’s training is a cutting edge fusion of pilates foundations, mind-body connection and traditional weight training. Charlene trains at the St. Pancras Hotel Spa, or outdoors, in Mother Nature’s gymnasium. When she isn’t training or making fitness videos, Charlene runs corporate workshops, and is the featured expert in Psychologies Life Labs and Monarch Airlines in-flight magazines.

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