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Low Carb Banana Bread Muffins

Low Carb Banana Bread Muffins are quite possibly the most addictive and delicious healthy snack you’ll ever make! They’re a favorite in the lunch box. Looking for a delicious snack that won’t require you to wear stretchy pants when you eat it?  Try this recipe for low carb banana bread bites.

Low Carb Banana Bread Bites - Recipe from @itsyummi - These banana bread muffins have just 10 net grams of carbs per muffin. If you make them into mini muffins, they're just 5 net grams of carbs each!

Hey there!  Thanks for stopping by to see me!  I hope your weekend’s been a great one.  Mine was pretty danged awesome.  The weather is finally starting to warm up and the last bits of snow are trying like crazy to melt, so my winter blues are packing up their bags and heading out of town.  I can’t wait for the lilacs to bloom.  Then I’ll believe it’s spring in Wisconsin.

Earlier last week, I mentioned on my Facebook page how out of control my excess weight has become.  I started gaining weight shortly after my hysterectomy last August, and once the cold weather kicked in, the pounds just packed themselves onto my bod.  I’m not a winter sports lover, so the extent of my exercise has been lifting my leg to get over snow drifts and raising my arm to get my coffee mug to my lips.  Things are SO crazy bad now that none of my clothes from last spring fit me.  UGH.

My obsession with carbs and sugars is wicked!  Instead of bitching about it (ok, I guess that WAS a bitching of sorts), I decided to take some action to fix the problem by making more low carb snacks.

Low Carb Banana Bread Bites

The last time I was baking with bananas, I made this recipe for banana bread muffins. I decided to update my photos for this post at the same time. I left the old ones at the bottom of this post., and I think you’ll agree, there’s been a slight improvement in my photo quality. 😉

Low Carb Banana Bread Bites

I acknowledge my love of simple carbs and sugars, and I can honestly say that I have no desire to give them up completely.  I’ll feel WAY too deprived if I let them go completely from my eating plan.  SO, I decided to create some healthier options to indulge my sweet tooth and my bread obsession.  Thanks to the help of this low carb baking mix from Bob’s Red Mill, it may not be quite as tough as I initially thought.

Baking with Bananas

I love baking with bananas because they’re a great ingredient to substitute for high fat ingredients like butter.

Also, I am addicted to quick breads like pumpkin loaf, blueberry muffins, and banana bread muffins.

The thing is, quick breads are typically loaded with so many unhealthy carbs and sugars that it could cost me half a day’s worth of Weight Watcher points to indulge in one.  Thankfully, I created this low carb muffin recipe, so now I don’t need to freak out every time I’m craving something carby.

These low carb banana bread bites might be the most addictive and delicious snack I've ever made! Get the recipe from ItsYummi.com

After I calculated the nutrition for the low carb banana bread muffins and realized that they’re so much healthier of a snack, I could hardly believe it.

If you’re looking for another low carb snack recipe to try, be sure to also check out my recipe for low carb almond raspberry cheesecake bites. Quick, easy, and so yummi!

Whether you’re monitoring your food intake or not, these low carb banana bread bites are a tasty, healthy treat that are perfect for a breakfast on the run or a mid-afternoon snack.

I hope you enjoy this low carb banana bread recipe!

low carb banana bread bites on a picnic table

Low Carb Banana Bread Muffin Recipe

These banana bread muffins are low in carbs and simple sugars, making them a perfect for breakfast on the run or a great snacking option any time of day. This low carb recipe makes 12 regular sized muffins or 24 mini muffins.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Bread, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 186 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup erythritol or other cup-for-cup sugar substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F; Line 24 standard sized muffin cups with papers or spray lightly with nonstick spray.
  • In large mixing bowl, whisk together flours, erythritol, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking powder. Make a well in center of ingredients and set aside.
  • In medium bowl, combine egg, oil, water, applesauce, mashed banana, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined; Pour wet contents into bowl with dry ingredients and stir with wooden spoon until all baking mix has been incorporated.
  • Place 3 Tablespoons batter into each cup and bake for 22-24 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. - Remove pan from oven and allow muffins to cool in pan for 3 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely

Notes

The nutritional information was compiled from information listed on the My Fitness Pal website and may or may not be completely accurate. Nutritional information could vary depending on ingredients used.
1 regular sized muffin has 10.5 net grams of carbohydrates
1 mini sized muffin has 5.25 net grams of carbohydrates

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 6gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 107mgPotassium: 271mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 1.8mgCalcium: 115mgIron: 1.4mg
Tried this recipe? Mention @itsyummi or tag #itsyummirecipe!

It’s fun (and a little bit scary!) to see how far I’ve come along and improved in my blogging and photography. These are photos of what the banana bread bites originally looked like!

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15 Comments

  1. Not sure if I missed this bit of nutritional info but we’re the carbs per muffin listed?…I’m on a ketone in diet and would be helpful if I knew this…thanks ?

    1. Hi Christine,
      I was on a ketogenic eating plan last year and I remember being advised to avoid bananas. They’re just awfully loaded with carbs.
      That being said, if you take my recipe and make the following substitutions, each muffin will have 5.25 net grams of carbs:
      Make 24 mini muffins instead of 12 regular size
      Use 2 cups Bob’s Low Carb Baking Mix instead of 3
      Add 1 cup almond meal/flour
      Use 2 small bananas instead of 3 medium
      Add 3 Tablespoons melted butter
      Instead of Nectresse, use 1/4 cup erythritol
      Good luck!

  2. These look great! We can’t use the Nectresse Calorie-Free Sweetener. Could I substitute agave or honey? (I’m also not against using a small amount of brown or granulated sugar.) If any of these can be successfully substituted, how much should I use? Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks so much for writing, Debbie! You could certainly substitute with honey or agave, but my concern is that you’d end up with a batter that is more loose (wet). That may end up causing you problems with them not becoming firm enough. If you’re not opposed to using brown or traditional sugar, I would suggest substituting with one of those instead. 1 packet of Nectresse is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar, but honestly, if you use bananas that are well ripened, they’re pretty darned sweet on their own. You could try 1 Tablespoon of sugar/brown sugar, or just leave it out and see how the batter looks. If it needs something dry to bring it together a bit more, add a little bit of sugar, or perhaps even just a little bit more flour instead. Good luck, and please let me know how they turn out for you!

  3. Thanks for the catch, Dan. I meant to add a note in the recipe. I used a teaspoon of mini chocolate chips. 15 calories extra and 1 extra Weight Watcher point.

    1. Not that I’m doing weight watchers but could stand to lose a few pounds myself plus always looking for something new to try. Perhaps others saw this and thought the same

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