I waver between being stuck in my ways (why risk trying a new muffin recipe when my current favorite muffin recipe is already perfectly yummy?) and the desire to try something new (but could this new muffin recipe open me to a whole new world of muffin deliciousness that I didn’t know existed?). Coconut Flour Muffins are here to give us the best of both worlds!

Blueberry coconut flour muffins in a muffin pan

The recipe is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.

Moist and springy, with a tender crumb and subtle sweetness, these marvelous muffins have the classic hallmarks of any muffin recipe worthy of a spot on your plate. They’re wholesome and sweetened naturally with banana. You’ll feel excellent starting your day with one, superb starting it with two.

What makes these muffins unique and worthy of trying, even if you’ve already settled on your favorite healthy blueberry muffins, is the coconut flour itself. It makes these muffins especially moist. Because coconut flour is in high protein and fiber, they are extra filling too.

The other key to these fluffy coconut muffins’ marvelous texture and homey flavor is mashed banana. Think of this recipe as a fresh take on blueberry banana muffins that might not be your grandma’s recipe, but that she’d enjoy very much.

A muffin pan with tasty, healthy baked goods for snacks or breakfast

Why You Should Add Coconut Flour to Your Pantry

If you’ve never bought it before, coconut flour might feel like an usual ingredient to add to your pantry or even a splurge, but it’s worth it. These days, coconut flour is fairly mainstream, so you can find it at most grocery stores (and online).

My favorite brand of coconut flour is Bob’s Red Mill. Different brands of coconut flour can vary in consistency and performance, but Bob’s never ever fails me. It performs the same from recipe to recipe and bag to bag. Bob’s puts intense care into sourcing its ingredients, which results in a higher quality (and often more nutritionally dense) product.

A bag of coconut flour, blueberries, eggs, and honey for making healthy muffins

Coconut flour is healthy too!

  • It offers a wide array of nutrients, including iron.
  • It contains more fiber than most other gluten free flours.
  • It has more protein than typical flour.
  • Coconut flour is naturally gluten free and grain free, making it especially popular in gluten free baking, another reason I like Bob’s. While I’m not gluten free myself, I have a number of friends who are, and Bob’s is one of the safest gluten free brands to buy because they have a dedicated GF section of their facility (I actually visited a few years ago!).
  • It’s low carb (and keto-friendly).

No matter your dietary needs, picking up a bag of coconut flour will open you up to a new world of healthy baked goods you haven’t tried before. Best of all, it makes for some seriously tasty muffins (and seriously tasty Coconut Flour Pancakes and seriously tasty Coconut Flour Cake…).

Since I never want you to buy a brand new bag of flour for just one recipe, no matter how awesome that recipe is (and yes, these coconut flour muffins are pretty awesome), you can use the rest of your bag to try out any of these healthy coconut flour recipes.

Plus, since most recipes only call for a small amount of coconut flour (this is because coconut flour is very dry, so a little goes a long way), you’ll earn some mileage from your purchase.

Speaking of how special coconut flour is and why you’ll want to use it…

A pan filled with healthy blueberry coconut flour muffins

Substituting Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is an unusual flour with its own unique properties, like weight, protein content, and how much moisture it absorbs (a lot of moisture). This means that it reacts differently in baking than other flours.

I don’t recommend a coconut flour substitute. If you want to bake with coconut flour, it is best to seek out recipes that already call for it, and vice versa. Just like you can’t throw coconut flour into a different recipe and expect good results, you also can’t use a different flour in place of coconut flour; the recipe would likely fall apart, because coconut flour is so dry.

The good news: there are many DELISH things you can make with coconut flour, especially coconut flour muffins!

Batter for delicious and healthy baked goods with blueberries and honey

How to Make Coconut Flour Muffins

If you start reading coconut flour recipes, you’ll notice that most call for a large number of eggs (this top-rated Paleo Zucchini Bread, for example, calls for six). This is because you need a large amount of eggs to offset the dryness of the coconut flour, as well as to help the recipe rise.

Because of this, a downfall of some coconut flour recipes is that they taste “eggy.” My solution for these muffins: to replace a portion of the eggs with a different moist ingredient, mashed ripe banana.

The banana gives the muffins a wonderful, fruity flavor, helps to sweeten them naturally, and ensures the muffins are fluffy and moist, not dry.

For those looking to make vegan recipes with coconut flour: I have not yet succeeding at making coconut flour muffins without eggs. While I did successfully swap a number of the eggs for banana, I haven’t yet found a way to make these muffins with no eggs at all. If you do find a way, please leave a comment and let me (and others!) know.

Once you have the coconut flour and a ripe banana, everything else you need to make these muffins is an easy pantry staple.

The Ingredients

  • Coconut Oil. These muffins are dairy free! Coconut oil makes the muffins moist and promotes a satisfying texture.
  • Baking Powder. Helps our muffins rise and makes them fluffy.
  • Honey. To keep these muffins free of refined sugar, I opted to use honey as the natural sweetener. Maple syrup would also work here.
  • Vanilla + Almond Extract. This recipe really benefits from both extracts. The almond flavor makes them extra special.
  • Blueberries. Delicious with the banana! You also can swap these out with another favorite mix-in. (Chocolate chip coconut flour muffins anyone?)

Mashed banana, blueberries, and honey for making healthy baked goods

The Directions

  1. Spray 10 wells of a muffin pan with nonstick spray. Melt the coconut oil, then let cool to room temperature. Stir the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  2. In another mixing bowl, add the banana and whisk in the wet ingredients. Add the cooled coconut oil.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, whisking until smooth. It will be lumpy at first, but just keep whisking. Fold in the blueberries or your mix-in of choice.
  4. Scoop the batter into the muffin cups (about ¾ of the way to the top). Bake for 16 to 18 minutes at 400 degrees F. Once a toothpick comes out clean, let them cool in the pan. Then, let cool completely on a wire rack. ENJOY!

Make Ahead and Storage Tips

  • To Make Ahead and Freeze. Prepare the muffins as directed, and let them cool completely. Wrap each muffin individually in plastic wrap, and store them in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Remove muffins as desired for healthy snacks and breakfasts.
  • To Store. Place muffins in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Storing Coconut Flour. The freezer or refrigerator is the best place to store your coconut flour to keep it from going bad. Store it in the package or in an airtight container.

More Gluten Free Muffin Recipes

A wire rack with tasty blueberry coconut muffins for healthy snacks and breakfasts

Do you bake with coconut flour? I’m loving baking with it, and I think you will too. And if you try this blueberry banana coconut flour muffins recipe, please leave a comment to let me know how they turned out!

A muffin pan with blueberry coconut flour muffins

Coconut Flour Muffins

4.82 from 22 votes
These moist and fluffy coconut flour muffins are made with healthy ingredients and bursting with fresh blueberries! Easy to make and gluten free.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 18 mins
Total: 40 mins

Servings: 10 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup Bob's Red Mill Coconut Flour sifted if lumpy
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup mashed ripe banana about 2 small/medium or 1 extra large
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2/3 cup blueberries chocolate chips, or mix-ins of choice (if using fruit, after rinsing be sure you pat it very dry)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat 10 wells of a standard 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray, or line them with paper liners and coat the liners with nonstick spray.
  • Place the coconut oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Continue to heat in 15-second bursts, just until melted. Alternatively, you can melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the coconut flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate, large mixing bowl, add the mashed banana (make sure you have the ½ cup called for in the recipe). Whisk in the eggs, honey, vanilla extract, and almond extract until combined. Whisk in the melted, cooled coconut oil.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Whisk until smooth and very few lumps remain (you may have some small ones from the banana but get the batter as smooth as it can be). Gently fold in the blueberries.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling the cups about ¾ of the way to the top.
  • Bake the muffins for 16 to 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the tops spring back lightly when touched. Place the pan on a wire cooling rack. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then gently remove them to the wire rack to finish cooling completely.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 65mgPotassium: 101mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 108IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Erin, I really like some of your recipes and think you are incredibly talented. However, your blog has become so overly bloated with advertising that it’s almost impossible to read. When I first subscribed, I enjoyed reading your writing as well as the recipes. Then when it became too cumbersome to wade through all of the ads to get to the content, I could at least scroll past the many ads to get to the recipe, but now you’ve inserted advertising there too. I get it that this is your business, but your words are getting drowned out by all the ads. I find myself skipping your blog altogether now which makes me sad because I actually really like your content. Just thought you might like to know.

    1. Hi Jill, I’m truly sorry for any inconvenience the ads caused you! I will certainly keep paying close attention to the number of ads and how they load, as I never want them to hinder your ability to view the recipe or the blog post. I do truly appreciate your feedback and apologize again for the inconvenience!

    2. I couldn’t agree more I’ve counted 13 ads through this post not to mention the pop up and videos. It takes so long to scroll to the recipe because of all of these ads. 

      1. Hi Kate, I’m sorry for any inconvenience that the ads caused you. In the future, you can click the “Jump To Recipe” button at the top of the page, and it will take you directly to the recipe. I hope this helps!

  2. Are you sure 1/2 cup of flour is all you need for 10 muffins? I love your recipes and am planning to pre order your cookbook!

    1. Hi Leslie! Yes, you should use 1/2 cup coconut flour for this recipe. THANK YOU for your kind words and support!

  3. Hi Erin,

    Can yogurt be used to substitute the banana? I’m looking for a low carb alternative to that.

    Thanks.

    Dean

    1. Hi Dean! I have not tried the recipe this way, so I’m not sure how it might turn out. The banana helps make the muffins moist and adds sweetness, so I’d suggest only swapping out part of the mashed banana to see how they come out before trying a full swap. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  4. Healthy, delicious, low in calories – Priceless! Shared recipe with family and friends (some who are gluten free). They were all waiting for me to make them first. As if you can’t tell, they got two thumbs up.5 stars

  5. The flavor is good and I like that these have more nutrition than flour based muffins, but if I make them again, I will lower the oven temp. I don’t usually have to do that with Erin’s other muffin recipes, but maybe because of the additional eggs, these were verging on burned on the bottom by the time they were done. 400 was a little high for me… I might try 375.4 stars

  6. Can i substitute butter for the coconut oil? In a rental, getting ready to go home and don’t want to buy coconut oil.

    1. Hi Sally! I’ve never tried this swap, but you could experiment with melted butter. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

      1. I made this twice, with coconut oil and with melted better (1:1 volume substitution) and both worked out great. However, I used 1 cup coconut flour both times. Also added a tsp rose water to go with the almond extract :)4 stars

  7. I’ve made these coconut flour gluten free muffins x2 now and have turned out beautifully I’m gluten free myself but they are a very big hit with the family as well, especially the chocolate chip ones they are gorgeous thank you for sharing this recipe.5 stars

  8. These are FANTASTIC! So I DIDN’T have Blueberries but I had homemade strawberry Rhubarb compote to use and I swirled a few spoonfuls in and made MINI MUFFINS { cooked for 12 minutes @400°}. THEY ARE DIVINE. They taste like mini strawberry short-cakes with the almond extract and fluffy spongy texture! I also made a Choc chip batch of regular sized muffins that are perfect! Coconut flour recipes can be tough to pull off and this is the best I’ve tried after 4 years cooking Gluten Free! Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  9. These muffins came out super but i added a another quarter cup of coconut flour . My batter was too runny. But then they came out perfect . 5 stars

  10. Tried to bake this, it was very good! I was short one egg so probably the texture is different than what it should’ve been. One thing I recommend adding to the recipe is a little brown sugar sprinkled on the top of each muffin before baking for caramelization, since the muffins aren’t overly sweet. Thanks for this recipe!!4 stars

  11. This was my first time baking with coconut flour, next time I’m going  to have to adjust the temp setting (probably to 375 and cook for a longer period) and definitely will add more coconut flour. The bottoms were burning, and the inside was uncooked. I’m sure it’ll be delicious next go. 

  12. I love this recipe and have made it several times now. I didn’t have any banana on hand today, but had some apple butter in the fridge, and used that as a substitute for the banana. Worked really well and blended nicely with the other flavours. Thank you for this awesome recipe.5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed these muffins, Crandall! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  13. I tried your recipe today! Didn’t have muffin tins so I baked it in a cake pan, was soo good and moist, just the right texture. Will definitely be saving this in my fave recipes ;)5 stars

  14. I found this recipe last night after getting ready to throw out some very sad looking bananas. I’m on a very limited diet thanks to Lyme disease, but the rest of my family eats “normal”. My son and husband have already eaten half the batch and I keep giving them the stink eye when they go back for more ;-) Love that these are ok for my diet and are soooo yummy!  5 stars

  15. I’m doing a vaguely keto/paleo style diet at the moment purely to figure out what does and what doesn’t agree with my body, and this recipe perfectly suits my dietary wants when I comes to sweet treats. And wow, are the muffins ever delicious!

    I made one batch last week for me and my boyfriend and they came out really nicely. I’ve got a got a fan oven so I lowered the temperature a bit, but they were a still touch over brown on top before they were fully cooked inside and the thickness of the batter stopped them rising and shaping very much. But the taste was incredible, and I should have just smoothed the batter over more in the paper cases to get a better appearance. We both loved them.

    Today I made another batch with a few modifications; I added a bit of lemon extract to the batter, replaced the almond extract with ground almonds in the wet ingredients (not the dry, so the almonds were in the batter before the super absorbent coconut flour was) and thinned the batter a tiny bit with lemon juice. When they were cooling, I mixed up some lemon juice and coconut sugar to made a thick brown lemon syrup which I then brushed over the muffins as they cooled. This gave them a gorgeous sticky golden sheen and the lemon flavour works wonderfully with blueberries.

    This is the first recipe of yours that I’ve tried and I’ll definitely be coming back for more!5 stars

  16. Hi Erin, first time baking with coconut flour. The flavor was delicious but the inside of my muffins were wet yet didn’t taste raw. I baked them at 400 for 18 mins and outside of muffins were brown. What adjustments can you suggest? Thank you!

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with these muffins, Judy. It’s so hard to say what might’ve happened without being in the kitchen with you. It’s possible that the banana didn’t incorporate fully and created this texture. I hope you were still able to enjoy them!

  17. I bought a bag of coconut flour months ago but was a bit intimidated by it so I didn’t touch it for some time… After much hesitation, I finally decided to give Erin’s recipe a go and I’m SO glad I did!! Both my husband and I were absolutely amazed at the results. We loved how tender these muffins are and the beautiful hint of coconut. I also appreciate that they’re quick, easy, healthy and pack so much protein without the slightest egg taste- it’s incredible!! It looks like coconut flour will now be a staple in our home. I’ve already made these muffins twice this month and look forward to making variations of these muffins and trying more of your coconut flour recipes soon! :)5 stars

  18. These were outstanding! Didn’t change a thing and they were perfect. Required a couple extra minutes on my end but likely due to my old oven ♡5 stars

  19. I just began a low carb/sugar diet for insulin resistance. This is the third coconut flour muffin recipe I tried and it’s my favorite. I used dark cacao nibs instead of blueberries and these are delicious. I’m excited to try different varieties using the same basic recipe. Thank you for this !5 stars

  20. This recipe looks awesome!

    Do you have a recommendation amount of monkfruit sweetener with erythritol to substitute for honey or maple syrup?

    I’m finding that it taste so much like sugar that it would also be a great in this recipe.

    1. Hi Melissa! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so it would be an experiment. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  21. I am going to substitute ground flaxseed for the eggs. Info taken from https://jessicainthekitchen.com/how-to-make-a-flax-egg/

    I will let you know how it works out.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  22. I didn’t have banana so I used applesauce to replace the banana and pecans for the blueberries and added cinnamon. Sooo yummy. Thank you!5 stars

  23. Has anyone tried turning this into a bread pan? The muffins were great but I want something I can easily freeze for a family.

    1. Hi Tricia! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so you’d be experimenting. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

    1. Hi Ro! I’ve never tried a swap, but you could experiment with melted butter. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed them, Kathryn! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  24. Made these today with banana sweetened them with 2tbsp of stevia both of my kids are used to gluten muffins but to my surprise they kept on praising me how yummy these ones are thank you so much for sharing these recipes5 stars

  25. Can the honey be substituted with monk fruit? I don’t need the carbs but the recipe looks great.
    thank you,

    1. Hi Calvin! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so it would be an experiment. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!