The last few days, when I went grocery shopping, the only bananas that were available, including the organic ones, were already beyond the ripeness stage that I usually look for, so I was going to pass on buying them. Then I thought, hey what about baking, I can make banana muffins and bread, as long as I do so as soon as I get these home or the next day. If I don’t then I’d best freeze them.
To freeze the bananas slice them first, then put in a freezer bag and into the freezer, simple and quick.
Frozen bananas, sliced before freezing, are great fo making smoothies. I just add them to the blender along with some coconut milk and whatever else I want to use and blend, delicious.
Another plus with ripe bananas is mashing them for baking. They are soft enough so that this is easily and quickly done.These bananas were ripe enough that mashing them was incredibly easy, not that mashing a banana is a particularly difficult task.
When you bake muffins with ripe bananas you do not need to add sugar, add some cinnamon and they are sweet enough to eat.
Sugar Free Banana Muffins
3 lg. bananas
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 1/2 c. organic whole wheat flour
1/3 c. melted butter
Add cinnamon and slightly beaten egg.
Add melted butter.
Sift dry ingredients together and add to above mixture.
Mix until moistened.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
This makes one dozen muffins, which go great with coffee in the morning, or are ideal to put in a lunch for later that day.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
4. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.
5. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten.
6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
7. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
8. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
There is no reason to toss bananas away of they begin to age as long as you either use them or freeze them. Freezing is also a good technique when bananas are on sale, you can buy extra and set them aside for another day.
Sam Walmer on May 30, 2019:
Hi, I just got a job as a Personal Trainer and am currently making these to bribe people to come meet me in the lobby tomorrow AM. They're perfect because I'm trying to draw people in with the no sugar added, plus I substituted pumpkin puree for the butter. I also sprinkled a very small amount of cacao on top. First batch of 3 is in the oven so fingers crossed I don't mess this up somehow :D. Thanks for the recipe, the comments are promising!
Jeff Hutchings from Bournemouth UK on June 05, 2017:
What a fab way of using bananas that are a tad too ripe. Thanks so much
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 08, 2013:
Janelle on April 02, 2013:
Just about to make a batch of these for my breakfast this week. I am going "no-sugar" for a week and googled no sugar banana muffins. Thanks for the recipe and can't wait to bite into a hot warm muffin fresh out of the oven. I too freeze my banana when the family will no longer eat them as is. My mom taught me that trick when I was young and it's the easiest, and frugal way to have an already "mashed" banana. I will be sharing your recipe with a few adaptions to my liking on my blog, with tons of link backs for you. Again, thanks.
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on August 11, 2012:
Sounds tasty. thanks for sharing.
Ana on August 11, 2012:
I am doing a no added sugar diet and this recipe was great! I replaced the butter with unsweetened applesauce. I also used half whole wheat flour and half oatmeal. Added 1 tsp of vanilla for extra flavor, doubled the cinnamon, and loaded them up with walnuts! Yum!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 01, 2012:
You are welcome, enjoy.
rebecca on July 01, 2012:
the best no sugar recipe for banan muffins I have found to date! thank you!!!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on May 20, 2012:
I am pleased ypu fd something you like, thanks for the comment.
Natalie on May 20, 2012:
very yummy and so glad to find a tasty recipe that has no sugar
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on January 21, 2012:
Reducing or eliminating sugar is a good way to drop some weight, thanks for stopping by.
Brie Hoffman from Manhattan on January 21, 2012:
Thanks so much for this recipe. I have been sugar free for 6 months now, lost 25 pounds and am always looking for good sugar free recipes!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on January 21, 2012:
The baking powder is important to get the texture.
Eeyoreem on January 20, 2012:
Does it change the recipe too much if you leave out the baking powder? I have all the other ingredients on hand but that.
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on December 15, 2011:
I am pleased you enjoyed them, cranberries are a nice touch, thanks for the comment.
jacqui, Mallorca on December 15, 2011:
Just made these wonderful banana muffins with cranberries as an extra and they were fabulous. My husband and I have eaten most of them already but with no sugar and wholewheat flour we don't feel guilty thanks for a great recipe
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on October 23, 2011:
I am pleased you and the babies enjoyed the muffins and thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a great day.
Tamara on October 23, 2011:
Wow-- just made these banana muffins for my 10-month old babies and they were a huge hit! I am a nutritionist and was searching everywhere for a no-sugar-added, whole grain muffin for my kids and yours was the only one I could find... wasn't optimistic that they'd be moist or delicious based on the ingredient list, but was so pleasantly surprised! Have already shared the recipe link with 4 others who tasted the muffins. Thank you!!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on October 20, 2011:
You are welcome, enjoy and thanks for the comment.
Eve Petford on October 19, 2011:
What a great find of a recipe!
Thank you for sharing!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on September 22, 2011:
Enjoy, thanks for commenting.
Miss Meg on September 21, 2011:
Thanks Bob, am about to make the muffins for my boys' lunch boxes tomorrow. YUM!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on May 26, 2011:
I am fine with that, thanks for dropping by and all the best.
Berendina on May 26, 2011:
I just made this yummy simple recipe with small changes of my own :). I love baking and I even have a blog where I try out recipes from the net, books, family etc and share my experiences, reviews and the recipes.I'll be even sharing about this recipe soon. Hopefully you are okay with that because I always leave links to the original recipe and I always write the recipes in my own words to how I made them to let you know.
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on May 03, 2011:
Please do and have a happy party.
Kathy MacDonald on May 03, 2011:
making them tomorrow for my granddaughters birthday party I'll keep you posted
they sound good
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 04, 2011:
Troy on April 04, 2011:
Wow, thanks for the quick response!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 03, 2011:
If you remove the baking soda you will see a difference in the end result, they will not rise as much and the flavour will be different.
Troy on April 03, 2011:
Is it possible to remove either baking soda or powder without affecting the end results? I am trying to cut down the sodium content. Thanks!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 02, 2011:
I am happy you enjoyed the muffins, thanks for commenting.
Littlec on March 01, 2011:
This is such a great recipe! My husband is on a no sugar diet and he loved these. It is also great with a little bit of fruit preserved on top :-)
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on January 27, 2011:
Enjoy, thanks for dropping by.
thesweetlife from San Diego, California on January 27, 2011:
Thanks for the recipe they sound yummy and healthy too. I am going to go make them right now...can't wait!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on January 17, 2011:
Thank you , I will make some for myself later today.
mcnela on January 17, 2011:
These muffins are absolutely fantastic .My picky eater son loved them & my daughter said they are the best banana muffins I've ever made. Kudoos to you.
I also added some flax seed to them as well...I add it to everything..
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on December 01, 2010:
Apple juice would be a good touch, thanks.
Dave Kovacs on December 01, 2010:
Great Recipe!! Here were my modifications: (1) made a little apple sauce (2 small apples, pealed and cored, and a little water) using a small juicer. Added some in the final mix to bring to the "proper" batter thickness; (2) added some semi-sweet chocolate morsels. The original recipe is so great that you definitely do not need the chocolate.; (3) 1/3 tsp nutmeg to replace the cinnamon (allergy); 1 cup whole wheat and 1/2 cup white. Delicious and very moist! Thanks!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on October 19, 2010:
Thanks for commenting.
Petral on October 18, 2010:
A really easy recipe to use!!!! Great taste!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on September 02, 2010:
Thanks, glad you enjoyed them.
Halie Lynn on September 02, 2010:
I just came across your recipe, the muffins were fantastic! The only substitution I made was exchanging the butter for sugar free applesauce. I also added a cup of blueberries and about a tablespoon of organic brown sugar.
Thanks for the great recipe,
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 12, 2010:
Glad to hear and will do.
Miranda on March 12, 2010:
The dates are awesome! Little nubbins of super sweet. I recommend it!
Oh, and the post will be published on saturday. Please stop by!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 11, 2010:
Dates would be an interesting addition, I'll take a look, thanks for dropping by.
Miranda on March 11, 2010:
I'll be making these muffins this afternoon. I'm low on bananas so i'll be adding some chopped dates to fill in the half banana i'm missing, and subbing butter for homemade applesauce.
I may blog my results, so check it out (i'll be sure and credit you).
Thanks for the great sugarless recipe!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on December 22, 2009:
Thanks for dropping by.
John on December 21, 2009:
That looks good. Mmm. I'm not even diabetic.
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on December 12, 2009:
Glad they helped and good luck, thanks for dropping by.
Mitchell on December 12, 2009:
I have quit smoking, these muffins have been a saviour! I reach for these bad boys whenever I have a huge craving. There is no sugar which is a plus. I like adding things to my baking.. so what I did was put a tad bit of oats on top :) Delicious. Cheers Bob. Have a good holiday :)
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on November 26, 2009:
You are welcome, and applesauce is a gr8 substitute, thanks for dropping by.
Kara on November 25, 2009:
I just made these and half-way through realized that I didn't have butter, so I used applesauce instead. Not only are they sugar-free, but also fat-free! Delicious, thanks for the recipe.
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on August 25, 2008:
I peel them ,slice them and bag them. Easy to sue that way for this and for smoothies, thanks.
marisuewrites from USA on August 25, 2008:
This recipe is excellent and I will share with my brother; he's diabetic so they no sugar muffin is a good choice for him. Especially if he uses whole wheat flour...
How do freeze your bananas? do you slice them? thanks, Marisue
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on August 23, 2008:
Hi Scooter, thanks for the visit.
Scooter Gray from Sunny Georgia on August 23, 2008:
Sounds great, I plan on trying it sone. I am always looking for recipes with no sugar.
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 31, 2008:
Thanks for the testimony and for stopping by to comment.
summer10 from my happy place :) on July 31, 2008:
Thank you Bob!!! I just tried your recipe for the sugar free banana muffins and they were incredible!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 09, 2008:
Using what you have on hand is a great idea, these sound delicious. I like figs.
CherylTheWriter from Humble, Texas (the ultimate oxymoron) on July 09, 2008:
Bob, the figs are ripening on our tree out back, so I altered this recipe a bit. Figs instead of bananas, honey instead of brown sugar, partly whole wheat flour and the remainder unbleached white, baked in three small loaf pans (3x6) in our toaster oven at 350 for about 40 minutes. It's orgasmic with coffee.
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on June 22, 2008:
You are welcome, and i alos enjoy banana bread.
cvaughn570 on June 21, 2008:
Banana bread is a favorite of mine, but I could never find a recipe that I liked. I like this one, simple and straight to the point. I never thought of freezing bananas...another good tip to remember!
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 19, 2008:
thanks and enjoy, I make these and variations regularly
mrs know it all from The Windy City Suburbs on March 19, 2008:
Great recipe! I'll try it. My kids like to eat "sweets" when they wake up with their dad but I'm a stickler for no sugar cereals etc. so this and a few of your others will be good ones. I look forward to recipe hopping here now that I've discovered you. thanks!