Avocado Banana Muffins

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We all know avocados are absolutely loaded with lovely nutritious goodness well, this recipe lets you take that goodness and bake it into a muffin! My avocado muffins are low in sugar and have the added bonus of being dairy-free!

muffin sitting on a cooling rack, avocado and banana visible in the background
mmmmm my kids love these avocado muffins!

Why this recipe works

Kids love muffins and these banana avocado muffins are no exception!

  • This recipe is low in added sugar, only 2 tablespoon of honey is needed to sweeten up these muffins!
  • The goodness of avocado baked into a muffin!
  • Using avocado in a muffin means there is no need for butter, oil or milk, the avocado keeps the muffin moist
  • Perfect for lunchboxes

The ingredients you will need

Avocado, banana, eggs, flour, baking powder and honey is all that you will need. I often add vanilla essence to this recipe too. Chocolate drops are a lovely addition as well, but they are optional.

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Avocado in muffins

  • Avocado actually works brilliantly in baking. Avocado is a great dairy-free alternative to butter in this recipe, and the end muffin has a nice soft texture. 
  • You will find that the muffin may have a slight green tinge, but other than that avocado muffins are fabulous for those people who need to, or wish to, skip dairy. 
  • You can also make Avocado Brownies or Chocolate Avocado Muffins.

Sweetening these muffins

  • Bananas are naturally sweet and usually loved by kids, This makes them a really good base for healthy muffins for kids.
  • In this banana avocado muffin recipe I have managed to keep the added sugar content pretty low.  Sugar content-wise I have managed to get the recipe down to 2 tablespoon of honey per batch, which is not too bad.
  • You could definitely sub in maple syrup or regular sugar if you prefer. (Particularly if your child is under one) But For some reason, honey just seemed right to me.
  • For this recipe to be vegan you will need to sub the honey for either maple syrup or a granulated sugar.
  • You could also try making these banana avocado muffins without any sugar at all.  The recipe works fine without the added sweetener,  but maybe not quite as palatable as it is with a little honey.
  • If your family is not used to lower sugar baking, or if the bananas you are using are not super ripe and sweet, I would actually recommend trying 3 Tablespoons of honey, to start with, then try a smaller amount the next time you make them.

A little bit of chocolate

  • I find a few chocolate chips or drops can really encourage a kiddo to try a new muffin recipe
  • To keep this avocado muffin recipe dairy-free make sure you choose a dairy-free chocolate chip, most dark chocolate is dairy-free.
  • If you don't want to mix the choc chips through the muffin, you can even just pop a few on the top of each muffin before baking them this means you use less chocolate, but it still makes them very tempting for kids.

Step by step instructions

  • Heat your oven to 180 degrees Celcius, if you are using fan bake reduce the temp to 160 degrees
  • Blitz the avocado, banana, eggs, honey, and vanilla in a food processor or blender (photo 1)
  • Blitz until smooth (photo 2)
  • In a large bowl sift the flour and baking powder, if you can't be bothered sifting just make sure you fork through the baking powder so it is well mixed (photo 3)
  • Add the avocado and banana mix to the dry ingredients along with the chocolate chips if you are using them (photo 4)
  • Mix gently until just combined (this is the secret of a good muffin texture, do not over mix them) (photo 5)
  • Spoon into a greased or lined muffin tin, I find the recipe makes 9 muffins (photo 6)
  • Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 20-25 mins, when cooked the muffins will spring back when pressed in the center
  • Leave to cool in the tray before you attempt removing them
  • Serve
6 photo collage showing the steps to making avocado muffins

Recipe FAQs and tips

From what age are these muffins suitable from?

These avocado muffins have a soft texture and texturewise would be suitable for babies over 6 months of age. However, you will need to substitute the honey for another sweetener if your child is under 1 year of age.

Can I make these muffins gluten free

I have made this recipe with a gluten-free baking mix. This mix was a combined gluten-free flour and worked well. I used Bakels gluten-free baking mix.

Can I freeze these muffins

Yes they freeze very well. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature.

  • Be sure your oven is not too hot. I find these muffins have a tendency to brown quickly if the oven is too hot. So don't go over 180 degrees Celsius on bake or 160 degrees if using Fanbake or Thermowave.
  • This recipe works best with nice ripe bananas, as the sweetness of the recipe relies on a lot on the banana.
Woman's hand holding a muffin above a bench top covered with muffins, banana and avocado
I hope you like them

Other muffin recipes

I have actually ended up with a whole section for muffin recipes. You will find my low-sugar muffins, baby led weaning muffins and savoury muffins are all kid friendly and easy to make.

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Avocado Banana Muffins

Avocado and Banana muffins are a delicous low sugar muffin which are perfect for kids
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado banana muffins, avocado muffins, banana avocado muffins, banana muffins, low sugar muffins, muffins for kids
Servings: 9 Muffins
Calories: 179kcal
Author: My Kids Lick The Bowl

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4.61 from 209 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 150 g ripe banana approx 1-2 small bananas (weighed with skin on)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon honey Can be substituted for maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1.5 Cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup dark choc chips optional

Instructions

  • Add the avocado, banana, eggs, honey and vanilla to a food processor or blender
  • Blitz until smooth
  • In a large bowl sift the flour and baking powder, if you cant be bothered sifting just make sure you fork through the baking powder so it is well mixed
  • Add the avocado and banana mix to the dry ingredients including the chocolate chips
  • mix gently until just combined (this is the secret of a good muffin texture, do not over mix them)
  • Spoon into a greased or lined 12 hole muffin tin 
  • Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 20-25 mins
  • Leave to cool in the tray before you attempt removing them
  • Serve
  • Yum

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Notes

  • If your kiddos are under 1 yr, sub the honey for maple syrup, regular sugar, or even try it with no sweetener at all
  • This recipe is dairy free as long as the choc chips are dark chocolate and dairy free
  • I have tested this recipe with a gluten-free baking mix and it worked well. The baking mix was based on potato flour but also had other ingredients.
  • I find these muffins can brown quite quickly if the oven is too hot, I find 180 degrees celsius on bake, or 160 degrees celsius on fan bake/thermowave is a good temperature

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg

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28 Comments

  1. Hi these sound yam and a good option to my little chocolate monster, for they freeze well, how long can I keep them out?

    Thanks

  2. I bake these today and they are the colour green and taste abit doughy. Not sure of the taste. I stuck to recipe.

    1. The avocado does give the mixture a greenish tinge, it's unavoidable when you use avocado

    1. I haven't tested with coconut flour, I find coconut flour sometimes gives a more crumbly result than other flours, so some of the other ingredient amounts may need to be tweaked as well

  3. 5 stars
    These are great! I didn't have honey so I used Splenda. My daughter loved them and kept asking for more! She's almost 2. Great for toddlers especially if they're picky eaters!

  4. maybe I will finally be able to get our oldest to eat avocado! we've been struggling with getting him to eat "normally"

  5. Hi, we enjoyed making these muffins, i love that they are low in sugar. Whats the best way to store them ? freezer or fridge or just in a sealed container on the counter ?

    1. I store them in an airtight container for 3 days, longer than that and I would freeze them

  6. 5 stars
    I am eating them as i type! They are delicious ? . I am about to give one to my three year old picky eater lol.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  7. 3 stars
    I will try these again because they are healthy but I really think they need salt. At least a little bit.

    1. You can always add salt. I don't add it to my recipes as most are designed for young children where added salt is not recommended. Salt can be added to adjust any recipe to your palate

  8. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I had overripe avocado and banana and googled a recipe I could use them in. I added some cacao as the muffins were intended for my kids and they will eat anything that looks like chocolate without question 🙂
    I also stuck a small square of dark chocolate in the middle of each muffin before baking.
    The kids got home from school and devoured one each - loved them. Husband loves them too.
    Next time I'll try with gluten free flour so I can test one out too!