Whole Wheat Banana Flax Muffins & how to make your snacks healthier

Servings: 12 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

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whole wheat banana flax muffins

Somehow, two days before we headed away on March Break, we ended up with two bunches of bananas in the fruit bowl.

We go through bananas quickly in our house so they rarely have a chance to get nice and ripe. I considered the extra bananas a bonus, stuffed them all in the fridge as we ran out the door, and enjoyed a very merry, storm filled, flight delayed, family-filled holiday.

Normally I’d peel and freeze excess bananas but I was out of time and this bunch was barely ripe so as it turned out the fridge was a good holding place. When we got home I peeled and froze them all and then set about digging up a few family favourite recipes.

whole wheat banana flax muffins

For years I have been making a banana muffin recipe from one of the Silver Palate cookbooks. The book was a gift from my mom and when I got my copy I went through hers and transposed all of her recipe notes to mine. This was one of the recipes she had a checkmark beside.

I know this is an excellent recipe because my daughter’s friend “M”, who is notoriously difficult to feed, loves them.

whole wheat banana flax muffins

How to make a healthier muffin:

Sometimes I can’t help but tinker with recipes, even the great ones.  I don’t necessarily tinker to improve, this s a case of tinkering to create something a little different.

To turn these into whole wheat banana flax muffins I added molasses, reduced the refined sugar, added a bit of flax meal, used whole grain flour and reduced the vanilla a little bit to create a healthier version of the muffin.

Whole Wheat Banana Flax Muffin Recipe

Makes 12 muffins


  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup sugar*
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/4 cup grape seed oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned in)
  • 1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour (spooned in)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 3 Tbsp. buttermilk or milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla (this is not a typo!)

*Feel free to reduce the sugar to 1/3 cup. (One reader wrote to tell me she forgot the sugar entirely and they were still delicious).


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Mash bananas with sugar. Whisk in egg then molasses, oil and apple sauce.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk flours with baking soda, salt and flax.
  4. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture and mix gently until almost combined.
  5. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla taking care not to overmix.
  6. Spoon into prepared muffin tins.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes

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3 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Banana Flax Muffins & how to make your snacks healthier

  1. Lauren Chung says:


  2. Sheila Sandul says:

    I have made the Whole Wheat Banana Flax muffins twice, they are light and full of flavour. I reduced the sugar, and used mostly applesauce for the oil. They are going to be a favourite. Would it be possible to have a calorie count for your original muffins, I am a member of TOPS and I would like to pass the recipe onto our members.

    I have just borrowed Brown Eggs and Jam Jars from the library, and I am enjoying it very much.

    I am from NB and I have made it a mission to check your website regularly, and try your recipes often, to promote our beautiful province.

    Thank you,

  3. L.C. says:

    I wanted to say thanks for this recipe. I was looking for healthy muffins for Father’s Day & these hit the spot for him & my entire family! I doubled the recipe & kept the sugar at 1/3 cup. Really good!

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