Carrot Banana Muffins from Elana’s Pantry

Carrot Banana Muffins from Elana's Pantry

Carrot Banana Muffins from Elana’s Pantry

Today for March Muffin Madness, I get to share some top notch Carrot Banana Muffins from my good friend Elana of Elana’s Pantry. Her muffins are gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free (because they’re fruit sweetened), paleo, and primal. She says they are the perfect breakfast fare and I know they’d make me happy any day as a dessert or afternoon treat!

Enjoy Elana’s Carrot Banana Muffins (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—drum roll-l-l-l-l please—a Blendtec all-in-one-kitchen appliance! Thanks to the folks at Blendtec for sponsoring our Super Grand Prize! 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.)

March Muffin Madness

Elana Amsterdam, Her Blog, and Her Cookbooks

Most of you already know Elana from her blog and wonderful cookbooks. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling cookbook, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, which is her latest cookbook. I shared my review, including Elana’s Flourless, Nut-Free Brownies and Paleo Bread recipes (courtesy of Elana and Ten Speed Press), earlier on gfe. I’ll stand by what I said then …. there are over a 100 reasons to add this cookbook to your kitchen bookshelf!

Elana’s first cookbook was The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, which pretty much single handedly put almond flour on the map for not only the gluten-free world, but many others as well. It was her Chocolate Chip Cookies from this book that sustained a whole group of gluten-free blogger friends at a conference when the evening cocktail event was sponsored by Campbell’s soup. There truly wasn’t any food there that we could eat and cocktails alone would not have sufficed. But cocktails and Elana’s divine grain-free, dairy-free, vegan chocolate chip cookies, now that we could do! In addition to being on Elana’s blog and in her first cookbook, you will also find that recipe right on the back of the bag of Honeyville Almond Flour. Incidentally, Elana’s newer Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies are equally good, and now she even has a mother-in-law-approved Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Her second cookbook was Gluten-Free Cupcakes:  50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond Flour and Coconut Flour, which is worthy of a timely mention as so often there’s not much of a difference between a good cupcake and a good muffin. Our favorite recipe from this cookbook is Elana’s Marble Cupcakes. We love the mixture of vanilla and chocolate and I love the texture and sweetness offered by the coconut flour base. I use our bees’ honey and substitute olive oil (or coconut oil) in this recipe. These cupcakes don’t get frosted in our house, so they’re more like a muffin and that’s just fine with us!

Elana Amsterdam Her Cookbooks Collage

Elana has been grain free since 2001, so the recipes shared on her blog have always been grain free (which means they’re gluten free by default, of course). She went grain free after having been gluten-free for a few years. She had seen health improvements from living gluten free, but was still having some issues. She has been dairy free and cane sugar free since 2001 as well. So she has a wealth of experience in sharing great grain-free, paleo, and primal recipes! Best of all they are always recipes with short ingredient lists. Such simplicity is a gift to all of us.

I also love that Elana is willing to share other parts of her healing journey—like non-food treatments. While food is incredibly powerful in healing, there is more that is often needed. And as Elana says: “Getting well is a process without any rules.” To paraphrase Elana’s advice, do your research, seek the counsel of trusted medical professionals, consider all treatment options, and learn how to read your own body.

On a lighter note, I’m going to brag a bit and confess that I’ve actually been inside Elana’s Pantry! She has since moved, so she has a different pantry now, but I have some very fond memories of hanging out with several gluten-free blogging friends and Elana in her kitchen baking and enjoying gluten-free baked goods together. Several of us took turns posing in her pantry and snapping photos of each other. The whole experience was a blast! We didn’t make any muffins that day, but it was March so Elana had Irish Soda Bread waiting for us and we also enjoyed grain-free cake, hot tea, and smoothies!

Elana’s Carrot Banana Muffins Recipe

Carrot Banana Muffins from Elana's Pantry
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 ½ cups carrots, shredded
  • ¾ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  1. In a small bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
  2. In a food processor, combine dates, bananas, eggs, vinegar and oil
  3. Transfer mixture to a large bowl
  4. Blend dry mixture into wet until thoroughly combined
  5. Fold in carrots and walnuts
  6. Spoon mixture into paper-lined muffin pan
  7. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes.
Makes 18 muffins.


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67 Responses to “Carrot Banana Muffins from Elana’s Pantry”

  1. Emily on March 9th, 2014 12:50 am

    Looks awesome! Elana’s recipes rock!

  2. susan reed on March 9th, 2014 1:57 am

    can’t wait to try these.

  3. Jamie on March 9th, 2014 8:42 am

    Always love Elanas recipes!

  4. Sheila S on March 9th, 2014 9:18 am

    Excited to try these – always love Elana’s recipes!

  5. Jen on March 9th, 2014 10:34 am


  6. Jen on March 9th, 2014 10:36 am

    Excited about these books!

  7. Linda S on March 9th, 2014 10:54 am

    I think the madness has only just begun as I think I’m going to be baking muffins every day this month as each and every recipe looks irresistible! Wow!

  8. Linda on March 9th, 2014 11:06 am

    Looks easy to make and sounds so yummy! Can’t wait to make these!!

  9. mysweetiepiepie on March 9th, 2014 11:20 am

    I’m always looking for good muffin recipes and these look yummy.

  10. Kim on March 9th, 2014 12:35 pm

    Carrots have become one of my favorite vegetables recently. Can’t wait to try these.

  11. Terris | Free Eats on March 9th, 2014 12:55 pm

    I always love Elana’s recipes. This muffin looks like my ideal breakfast!

  12. Venessa F. on March 9th, 2014 2:10 pm

    I love making muffins. I can’t wait to try these. Thanks!

  13. Krista on March 9th, 2014 2:33 pm

    Going to try these today!

  14. Karen on March 9th, 2014 2:41 pm

    Love Elana’s recipes. I have all three of her books and use her blog recipes frequently. I like hers because they are simple, delicious, and always turn out…..

  15. Cindy W. on March 9th, 2014 4:12 pm

    I love baking with almond flour. Thanks for the recipe and giveaway.

  16. Marilyn B on March 9th, 2014 8:31 pm

    I am relatively new to gluten free and was so happy to find your site. I have an additional challenge of trying to be sugar free as well so am still learning a lot. But reading your recipes has made this journey sound so much more doable. Thanks.

  17. Sharon on March 9th, 2014 9:31 pm

    Elana has such great simple recipes. This one sounds like a great breakfast!

  18. Sarah || Celiac in the City on March 9th, 2014 10:19 pm

    I love that you’ve been in Elana’s Pantry. ;) I met her briefly in Chicago a few years ago, but no pantry selfies.

  19. Amanda (amethystjean) on March 9th, 2014 10:42 pm

    These look healthy and hearty mmm

  20. Amanda on March 9th, 2014 11:12 pm

    I have had these and they are really good !

  21. insiya on March 10th, 2014 4:53 am

    Been following Elana for sometime. I love her recipes. These muffins have such a lovely color due to the carrots & dates!

  22. Gretchen Schlier on March 10th, 2014 8:48 am

    My favorite cake is carrot cake and these muffins sound like a great, healthy substitute…I think I might add a few golden raisins!

  23. Carina on March 10th, 2014 5:35 pm

    These sound yummy, haven’t had carrots and banana together, but sounds good!

  24. Lindsay Ham on March 10th, 2014 7:36 pm

    Anything that taste remotely like carrot cake is made for me!

  25. Elise on March 10th, 2014 7:37 pm

    Can you do these egg free? They sound delish..

  26. julie on March 10th, 2014 8:37 pm

    these look easy enough to try this weekend

  27. Colleen M on March 11th, 2014 12:35 am

    I am excited to try these – love that they are GF and Grain Free.

  28. Lynn on March 11th, 2014 10:33 am

    Yummy, yummy for my tummy

  29. Susan Scott on March 11th, 2014 11:48 am

    Tea time! I’m trying to do Paleo, so am looking forward to trying these!

  30. Heather on March 12th, 2014 9:12 pm

    I have to admit, I want to slather these in cream cheese frosting, but they look tasty all on their own too.

  31. clarissa west on March 12th, 2014 10:42 pm

    Interesting combination, carrots and banana.

  32. Teufelchen on March 13th, 2014 2:05 am

    I am a big fan of Elanas recipes. I can’t wait to try this one.

  33. Bev maiers on March 13th, 2014 9:03 am

    I always make carrot cake for Easter. These might be a hit too.

  34. Tessa on March 13th, 2014 1:04 pm

    love that these are sweetened with dates and banana!

  35. Ronalyn Hurley on March 13th, 2014 3:08 pm

    My grandchildren will enjoy these.

  36. Laurel on March 13th, 2014 3:54 pm

    I love Elana’s recipes. I own her first two cookbooks and make my husband treats from them often. I just know he’ll enjoy these as well. Now if I could only figure out the perfect 3 egg replacement I’d be in baked goodie heaven AND FAT!!! :-)

  37. Mary Tokar on March 14th, 2014 12:19 am

    Another great one to try!

  38. Terisa on March 14th, 2014 3:46 pm

    I love Elana’s recipes. These muffins look like another winner.

  39. Susan on March 15th, 2014 12:01 pm

    Isn’t it funny how carrots are in the vegetable category and yet they are used in baked goods because they are so sweet? I like carrot cake and these muffins do look yummy!

  40. Donna B on March 15th, 2014 9:49 pm

    These sound awesome! I’m pinning to share with others!

  41. patricia on March 15th, 2014 11:12 pm

    I love recipes using almond flour. Looks really close to a carrot cake, a must try.

  42. Christa on March 16th, 2014 11:19 am

    I love her blog!! These look awesome and I’ve missed carrot cake since going GF. :)

  43. Katie on March 18th, 2014 1:34 pm

    I can’t have carrots but I’m thinking I can swap them out for sweet potatoes or something similar…mmm

  44. Michelle Cantwell on March 18th, 2014 9:04 pm

    Love this idea! Is there a reason for celtic sea salt? Or will just sea salt work?

  45. Karol on March 18th, 2014 11:21 pm

    These look really tasty. I like the ingredients too, may have to try making these soon as well.

  46. Kinsey on March 20th, 2014 1:30 am

    made these before and I love them

  47. Heather on March 20th, 2014 3:14 pm

    I miss carrot cake, so I’m going to have to give these a try.

  48. Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats on March 20th, 2014 11:27 pm

    These are packed with tons of nutrients. Love seeing healthier muffins.
    Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats

  49. Linda on March 21st, 2014 3:24 pm

    I have Elana’s cookbooks and love her site. These are a must try. Thanks

  50. Kay on March 22nd, 2014 12:44 am

    Going to give these a try

  51. Erin on March 25th, 2014 3:38 pm


  52. Mackenzie on March 26th, 2014 11:46 am

    Carrot cake & banana bread are two of my absolute favorites & 2 things I’ve been craving since being diagnosed with Celiacs and going gluten free. Cannot WAIT to bake these!!!

  53. Maureen on March 28th, 2014 2:40 pm

    I love Elana’s recipes! They have just a few ingredients that makes cooking them that much easier–been in the mood for carrot cake so time for these muffins

  54. Wendy on March 28th, 2014 8:53 pm

    I want to make these! They look so healthy.

  55. Lewann Rice on March 29th, 2014 11:49 pm

    Oh I love carrot muffins and have never tried adding other fruits to them! What a great way to get more fruits and veggies in your body!

  56. Janelle on March 30th, 2014 9:41 am

    Love the moistness of carrots! This looks like a very easy recipe to try!

  57. Tracy Mann on March 31st, 2014 1:16 am

    Elena’s pantry hasn’t led me wrong yet! These look good to try too!

  58. Melanie Binkley on March 31st, 2014 10:32 pm

    going to make these!

  59. Lori Lewis on March 31st, 2014 11:10 pm

    For some reason this recipe scares me? Dates? Apple cider vinegar?! Hmmm… not sure if I’m brave enough to make theses ones!

  60. Sarah on March 31st, 2014 11:13 pm

    Love that there isn’t any added sugar. Yum!

  61. Ilissa on March 31st, 2014 11:14 pm

    So healthy and yummy!

  62. Becca on May 3rd, 2014 3:40 pm

    I cant wait to make these!!

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