Banana Split Muffins from Pocketfuls

Banana Split Muffins Group from PocketfulsAs March Muffin Madness continues, today I have the privilege of sharing some creative and delish Banana Split Muffins from Lisa of Pocketfuls. Lisa’s muffins are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and vegetarian, with vegan option (depending upon the chocolate used in the recipe).

March Muffin Madness

Enjoy Lisa’s recipe (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here) and be sure to leave a comment on today’s post to enter the MMM giveaway that will be conducted on March 31 and includes three different muffin pans (mini 24-cup, steel 12-cup, or cast iron 6-cup), an immersion blender, a spiral vegetable slicer, an electric pressure cooker, a 12-cup food processor, and—just added from  the kind folks at Blendtec—a Blendtec blender (with Wildside Jar)—oh my goodness, such great kitchen tools! Please remember that EVERY comment in the series will be an entry for the final giveaway, so if you’ve missed some posts, take a moment and visit them and leave a single comment on each to get in the maximum number of entries. (FYI: You can also check out all the prizes on the sidebar right beside this post.)

Lisa is a writer, wife, and mom to two boys. She lives in Canada. Her family made some very significant changes to their diet nearly six years ago when they discovered that both Lisa’s youngest son and Lisa herself had multiple food intolerances. Lisa says that their whole family is now healthier as a result. She shared their inspiring story in a terrific series called Making the Switch over at Lexie’s Kitchen and more recently on her own blog here.

Lisa Betik Pocketfuls Bio Pic

Lisa says that she considers her blog to be a creative outlet that combines several of her passions:  humorous and heartfelt storytelling, healthy cooking and baking, and sharing ideas that can help others. Her blog is really all those things, so it is really a lovely and helpful place to visit!

Some of Lisa’s delightful recipes that have caught my eye in the past—which I simply had to share on All Gluten-Free Desserts, of course—are Chocolate Hazelnut Snowballs, Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, Mini Pumpkin Pies in Mason Jars, and Go Bananas Chocolate Almond “Ice Cream” Sandwiches, and last but not least, Banana Spit Freezer Pops! Yes, Lisa has a talent for banana split-themed creations! Let me stop talking so we can get to Lisa and her Banana Split Muffins. Here’s Lisa and a close-up of her yummy treats!

Banana Split Muffins Close-up from Pocketfuls

Hello there!  I’m Lisa from Pocketfuls, and I’m very happy to be here on gfe to share a recipe as part of Shirley’s March Muffin Madness event.

As a mom to two active, growing boys (one of whom is intolerant to gluten, dairy, and eggs), I spend a lot of time in my kitchen baking nutrient-dense snacks so I can keep my kids feeling energetic and happy.  Muffins have long been a favourite snack in our house, and while we have some well-loved reliable recipes that we turn to again and again, every so often I like to try and come up with something new and fun for our family to enjoy.

When I asked my boys what kind of muffin recipe I should create for this event, they answered as they always do when I ask them to help me with ideas:  “Make something with chocolate!”  I went with their suggestion, because it seems to me you can’t go wrong whenever chocolate is involved!

These banana split muffins are also full of other ingredients that make them both healthy and delicious:  almond flour, pure oats, chia seeds, walnuts, coconut oil, and three different kinds of fruit.  It’s great to have another muffin option now that my boys and I can all feel really good about eating. I hope you’ll enjoy these yummy banana split muffins as much we do!

Lisa’s Banana Split Muffins Recipe

Banana Split Muffins Rows from Pocketfuls

Banana Split Muffins from Pocketfuls
Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast
  • 2½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ cup certified pure gluten-free oats, ground
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water (stir and let stand for a minute to form a gel)
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • ½ cup chopped strawberries*
  • ½ cup chopped sweet dark cherries*
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
  • 12 fresh banana slices, plus some extra chopped walnuts and dark chocolate for sprinkling on top of the muffins
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F, and fill a 12-cup muffin tin with paper baking liners. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, ground oats, sea salt, and baking soda.
  2. Whisk together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla in a smaller bowl, and then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir well to combine. (The mixture will be somewhat dry and crumbly.)
  3. Add the mashed bananas and the chia seed gel to the mixture and stir until a thick, uniform batter forms. Fold in the strawberries, cherries, walnuts, and dark chocolate.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 lined muffin cups. Place a banana slice on the top of each muffin and sprinkle some additional chopped walnuts and dark chocolate on top. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. Cool and serve.
*I used frozen fruit that I let thaw just enough to be able to chop it into pieces.

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, with refined sugar-free and vegan options (depending upon the chocolate used in the recipe).

This recipe is linked to Gluten-Free Tuesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, and Whole Food Fridays.

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94 Responses to “Banana Split Muffins from Pocketfuls”

  1. Janet L on March 7th, 2014 12:46 am

    These look delicious and I can’t wait to try them!

  2. Laureen on March 7th, 2014 1:06 am

    I can’t do bananas, but the rest looks really good! What an awesome idea! I love bananas and miss them so much, but noticed a major increase in my anxiety and migraines when eating them :/

  3. carmen on March 7th, 2014 7:47 am

    look amazing! thanks for sharing….may be our weekend treat.

  4. Lisa on March 7th, 2014 8:17 am

    Thanks, Shirley, for inviting me to be part of this marvellous March Muffin Madness event! It was fun to share my recipe here. :)

  5. Jamie Smith on March 7th, 2014 8:53 am

    Yummmmmmm! I’m making these today!

  6. julie on March 7th, 2014 10:12 am

    amazing, my son would love to make these with me!

  7. Jennifer Werstein on March 7th, 2014 11:09 am

    Would be awesome!!!

  8. Bri on March 7th, 2014 2:03 pm

    That is quite the muffin!

  9. Arleen on March 7th, 2014 2:32 pm

    Oh, goodness! These look and sound just perfect!

  10. Vicky on March 7th, 2014 3:03 pm

    Wow! Awesome recipe, yum!

  11. Lindsay Ham on March 7th, 2014 4:43 pm

    These just look like heaven in my mouth! I’ll be making these for Sunday Breakfast!

  12. Ruth M. Henshaw on March 7th, 2014 4:49 pm

    I love making muffins and this one really looks intriguing. It’s fun sharing with all my friends and hearing them say Yummy! when I hand them some.
    Looking forward to this.

  13. April on March 7th, 2014 5:44 pm

    Thank you so much for the giveaway and the recipe!

  14. wendy brazeau on March 7th, 2014 5:49 pm

    would love to win..thankyou for the contest..and not to mention some great recipes!

  15. Heather Brandt on March 7th, 2014 5:51 pm

    Wow! I love the idea of this recipe but may have to tweak it to incorporate it in a grain-free muffin. It won’t be quite the same but the combo of flavors but hopefully it will capture a tiny bit of this awesome flavor combo! Great recipe & giveaway!

  16. Jen on March 7th, 2014 5:53 pm

    Yum, these look and sound fab! Though anything with a strawberry-banana combination…that is a winner right there.

  17. Sarah on March 7th, 2014 6:36 pm

    Love the limited amount of added sugar! Looks great!

  18. Susan on March 7th, 2014 8:10 pm

    These sound wonderful! I love the combination of the fruits and chocolate and now that my chia seeds have arrived I have to add these to the list of to-makes!

  19. Linda S on March 7th, 2014 9:48 pm

    These look great. Can’t wait to try them!

  20. Sheila S on March 7th, 2014 10:36 pm

    These look delicious!

  21. Lorri T on March 7th, 2014 11:14 pm

    My g/f daughter would go crazy for these! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  22. Kristen on March 7th, 2014 11:32 pm

    Such a creative muffin! :)

  23. Julia on March 8th, 2014 3:39 am

    Oh yes, must make soon! Thank you for sharing!!

  24. Nikki on March 8th, 2014 8:15 am

    Oh wow! These look so yummy!

  25. Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free on March 8th, 2014 9:18 am

    Banana Splits! Such a treat (and I just won’t mention that they’re healthy).

  26. Tessa@tessadomesticdiva on March 8th, 2014 10:18 am

    So many goodies in these muffins, nice to ‘meet’ you Lisa!

    • Lisa on March 8th, 2014 6:24 pm

      Nice to ‘meet’ you too, Tessa! I was very interested in your sweet potato muffin recipe earlier this week — looks yummy!

  27. michelle on March 8th, 2014 10:38 am

    Look yummy

  28. Karen on March 8th, 2014 1:42 pm

    Could we use another flour instead of the oat? Maybe teff? Sorgum?

    • Lisa on March 8th, 2014 6:20 pm

      Hi Karen. I haven’t done much baking with teff or sorghum flours, so I’m not sure how they would work as a substitute for the oat flour, but it’s worth a try! I’d be interested to know how it turns out if you experiment. :) Coconut flour might be another option (though I think I’d use less than 1/2 cup). Hope that helps!

      • Karen on March 8th, 2014 6:30 pm

        Thanks. Yeah coconut has such absorbency that I would definitely cut it to maybe 2 Tbsp. I’ll think on it. I prefer coconut, seed, and nut flours. I have fewer problems with them. I appreciate your response.

  29. Amanda (amethystjean) on March 8th, 2014 4:38 pm

    So much going on here and I can’t wait to try them. To the person who can’t have bananas, how about plantains, or pineapple (another split topping I’ve seen).

  30. Lynne L on March 8th, 2014 6:12 pm

    All of the recipes on Muffin Madness look amazing! Thanks so much!

  31. Amy G on March 8th, 2014 10:23 pm

    These look great! I’m glad I have all the ingredients on hand right now!

  32. Emily on March 9th, 2014 12:48 am

    I love that this uses almond flour AND is vegan. We have a hard time finding recipes with that combination. I’ll have to check out Lisa’s blog!

  33. mysweetiepiepie on March 9th, 2014 11:03 am

    These look so yummy, I’m definitely going to try this!

  34. Tina on March 9th, 2014 11:42 am

    do you have the nutritional breakdown of this recipe?

    • Lisa on April 7th, 2014 1:12 pm

      I’m sorry, Tina, but I don’t have that information. (Providing the nutritional breakdown for recipes is not something I have any training or experience in.)

  35. Megan on March 9th, 2014 1:09 pm

    Oh yum, these look amazing!! And sinful!

  36. Venessa F. on March 9th, 2014 2:25 pm

    These sound decadent! Yum!

  37. Cindy W. on March 9th, 2014 4:18 pm

    Oh my gosh. These look amazing! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  38. Sharon on March 9th, 2014 9:37 pm

    My kIds would love these!!

  39. Amanda on March 9th, 2014 11:08 pm

    These look fantastic. Wondering what I could use in place of almond flour?!?

    • Lisa on April 7th, 2014 1:16 pm

      I’m not sure, Amanda — I find almond flour has different properties than non-nut gf flours, so you’d have to do some experimenting with the ratios of the other ingredients if you wanted to try something different. Let me know how it works out if you do! :)

  40. insiya on March 10th, 2014 4:47 am

    Yum, yum yum! I am salivating!

  41. Carina on March 10th, 2014 5:24 pm

    These look delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  42. Elise on March 10th, 2014 7:36 pm

    These sound amazing and definitely up our alley. Thanks for the recipe.

  43. Karen Culbertson on March 10th, 2014 10:23 pm

    These look fabulous. I am always looking for recipes to impress upon my wheat-eating friends that being gluten-free doesn’t mean being “muffin-free”!

  44. Colleen M on March 11th, 2014 12:39 am

    Wow – these look delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  45. Lynn on March 11th, 2014 10:35 am

    I used a bit of freeze dried fruit and the crunch was delicious!

  46. Susan Scott on March 11th, 2014 11:54 am

    Ok! I’m making these today!! :-) I have the bananas that need to be used right away. I’ll leave out the cherries. Chocolate , bananas and oatmeal? Bliss!!

  47. Heather on March 12th, 2014 9:09 pm

    These look tasty!

  48. clarissa west on March 12th, 2014 10:40 pm

    These sound packed full of goodness!

  49. Teufelchen on March 13th, 2014 2:03 am

    I baked them but replaced the oats ( can’t tolerate them) by shredded coconut, It turned out really well. Thank you for sharing.

    • Lisa on April 7th, 2014 1:17 pm

      That sounds really yummy! Thanks for the great idea!

  50. Bev maiers on March 13th, 2014 8:56 am

    These look great and I have all of the ingredients except cherries. Yum!

  51. Laurel on March 13th, 2014 11:58 am

    I appreciate your response on the oat flour and although I realize things bake up more bread like using it substitutions can still be difficult. I like the idea of 2 Tbsp coconut flour for 1/2 C oats.

  52. Ronalyn Hurley on March 13th, 2014 3:17 pm

    This muffin sounds good and also healthy with all the fruit.

  53. Terisa on March 13th, 2014 4:26 pm

    Oh wow. Be more like a dessert for me but they look so amazing.

  54. Margaret on March 13th, 2014 7:34 pm

    I’m going to make this recipe to take when I travel to see my two youngest granddaughters on the 22nd. I know they will love them and I will also. Thank you Lisa for the recipe.

  55. Cheryl Harris on March 13th, 2014 10:24 pm

    These look really good! I can’t believe how many paleo/vegan muffins you’ve got in this roundup.

  56. Mary Tokar on March 14th, 2014 12:16 am

    looks great!

  57. sunrisetep on March 14th, 2014 6:21 pm

    i excited to try the chunky monkey & banana split muffins

  58. Susan on March 15th, 2014 11:38 am

    These muffins look like a great dessert idea! My husband said “Wow, those sound good! ” when I told him about them.

  59. Donna B on March 15th, 2014 9:42 pm

    I’m pinning this to share with others!

  60. patricia on March 15th, 2014 11:05 pm

    I like using all those healthy ingredients you have in your muffins. Sounds very good.

  61. Patricia Hinds on March 16th, 2014 2:48 am

    These look and sound so delicious have got to try them for sure. Thanks for all the great recipes and giveaways!!! you ROCK!!!

  62. Christa on March 16th, 2014 11:09 am

    These look amazing!! I’d have to skip the walnuts, but still… YUM!

  63. Jennifer Werstein on March 16th, 2014 3:55 pm

    Am saving this recipe for my family reunion this year!!!

  64. Linda on March 17th, 2014 7:27 am

    These look totally amazing. I love that you don’t use a lot of weird ingredients, only items I have heard of.

  65. Katie on March 18th, 2014 1:31 pm

    Wow is all I can say….*drool*

  66. Michelle Cantwell on March 18th, 2014 9:48 pm

    These look divine. Can’t wait to try it

  67. Kinsey on March 20th, 2014 1:27 am


  68. Heather on March 20th, 2014 3:17 pm

    I love that these are gluten and dairy free.

  69. Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats on March 20th, 2014 11:24 pm

    Love the protein content in these!
    Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats

  70. Linda on March 21st, 2014 3:17 pm

    These look great. I’ve got the ingredients on hand. Time to start baking. Thanks!

  71. Kay on March 22nd, 2014 12:21 am


  72. Jillian on March 25th, 2014 8:40 am

    Mmmm these look delicious! I can’t wait to make them! I love bananas!!!!

  73. Wendy on March 28th, 2014 8:49 pm

    These look sooo good! Can you substitute the oats with quinoa flakes?

    • Lisa on April 7th, 2014 1:19 pm

      I think there’s a very good chance that would work — let me know how the muffins turn out if you try it!

  74. Lewann Rice on March 29th, 2014 11:44 pm

    These sound amazing! Nothing like dessert for breakfast!

  75. Janelle on March 30th, 2014 9:39 am

    Thank you for your recipe!

  76. Megan on March 31st, 2014 7:52 pm

    This sounds like a recipe my husband and I will both love. Thanks for sharing

  77. Melanie Binkley on March 31st, 2014 10:30 pm

    great idea!

  78. Lori Lewis on March 31st, 2014 11:04 pm

    Looks like a bit of work but totally worth it! Those photos made me drool on my keyboard. Thanks for the recipe!

  79. Ilissa on March 31st, 2014 11:10 pm

    Oh man these look good!

  80. Lisa on April 7th, 2014 1:20 pm

    It made me smile to read all of your comments here. :) I hope all of you who made these muffins enjoyed them!

  81. Glorya on April 19th, 2014 1:50 pm

    Mine are in the oven… Lil taste of batter and ONG YUMMY!!

    • Shirley on April 20th, 2014 6:42 pm

      Hi Glorya–Welcome to gfe! :-) And how did the final product taste? ;-)


      • Glorya on April 20th, 2014 7:09 pm

        Super yummy oh my goodness!!! Even my dad who is picky loves them!!

        • Shirley on April 26th, 2014 9:21 am

          Yay!!!! I’m so happy to hear that, Glorya! :-)

          Happy weekend!

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