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I haven’t written much about it here but I’ve switched to a Paleo diet/lifestyle for the last couple of months (since my auto immune flare up) and I’ve never felt better. I absolutely LOVE eating this way and my body is loving it too (more on that later). 

Paleo, Gluten Free Banana Muffins from All for the Memories

I thought I’d share my favorite “go to” banana muffin recipe. I love this one for a couple of reasons – I almost never have 3 ripe bananas and SO many recipes want 3 (this one calls for 2) and it’s really easy to customize – adapted from So…Let’s Hang Out

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Paleo Banana Muffins
I love this recipe because you can adjust the ingredients to your preferences. Also, it uses almond meal so you can easily grind your own almonds instead of buying the expensive almond flour.
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350º FMix dry ingredients (almond, coconut, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg) well in a large bowl. Beat the eggs and mix in the rest of the wet ingredients (coconut oil, bananas, maple syrup, vanilla). Combine the wet into the dry ingredients mixing well. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into cupcake liners in muffin tin (about 3/4 of the way full) and bake for 20 minutes. *If making a loaf pour batter in greased loaf pan and bake for about 40 minutes.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 muffins or 1 loaf

My husband likes omitting the vanilla and using 2tbsp of rum instead. We’ve also used blueberries or nuts in place of the chocolate chips. 

Paleo, Gluten Free Banana Muffins from All for the Memories

If you have a heavy duty blender you can grind your own almonds to make the almond meal. We have a Blendtec and I grind no more than a cup of whole almonds (we get the big bag at Costco) on the Ice crush setting for about 25 seconds – you don’t want to go too long or you’ll end up with butter and if you put more than a cup in you’ll get a lot of chunks.


Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.

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