Having a food allergy in the house can make mealtimes a challenge, but with a handful of easy—and yummy recipes—you can cook meals that the whole family will love. This Allergy-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins Recipe is naturally sweet, really moist, and have a hint of cocoa flavor that makes them taste almost like a treat. We love them warm out of the oven for breakfast, packed in lunches, or chilled and topped with a drizzle of honey as dessert.
A few years ago, I was having debilitating daily migraines. It took me many months to figure out the cause and once I realized that wheat (or gluten) was the culprit, I knew I had to change my diet. Since then, I’ve been very aware of how hard it can be to eliminate common ingredients from our diets—and the diets of our little ones. Thankfully, gluten-free (and allergen-free) baking has come a long way in the past few years—it’s so much easier to make delicious foods that more of us can eat without having to stock the kitchen with piles of expensive ingredients.
Gluten-free baking can be a challenge since wheat flour naturally provides structure to baked goods like muffins, but after many (many) experimental batches, I’ve found a few methods for baking muffins, cakes, and cupcakes that deliver on both texture and flavor. And since I know that so many families face the challenge of allergies to foods including eggs and nuts, I developed these muffins to be free from the top 8 allergens—so they are free from wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, corn, milk, fish, and shellfish.
I’ve even “frosted” these little muffins with nut butter, Sunbutter, or whipped coconut cream and served them as cupcakes to my girl and her little friends. No one is ever the wiser!
- Stir together the chia seeds, coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut oil in a small bowl. Let set while you preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin with nonstick spray.
- Smash bananas with a fork and set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the chia mixture and the bananas to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spoon into the prepared muffin tin, filling right about to the edge.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from tin, using a paring knife around the edges as needed, and let cool on a wire rack.
- Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.
Amy Palanjian is a writer, editor, recipe developer, and crafter for magazines, books, and websites. She’s also mama to a very energetic little girl who inspires her to share wholesome, yet realistic recipes and feeding tips with other parents of little ones at her site Yummy Toddler Food. For more inspiration, check out her website and Instagram.
I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.Learn More about Natalie