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Banana Blueberry Muffins with Orange Glaze Icing

By Jess

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You know, interestingly enough, I was never much of a muffin fan until I switched over to the paleo diet. Once I started trying out a few different paleo friendly muffin recipes, I was instantly hooked though. Today I wanted to share a banana muffin recipe that’s easily one of my all time favorite muffin recipes. The recipe makes banana blueberry muffins with an out of this world orange glaze icing. I put it on everything–pancakes, waffles, even on some of my cookie recipes!

banana blueberry muffins

 Banana Blueberry Muffins with Orange Glaze Icing

One Incredibly Scrumptious 2-for-1 Paleo Muffin Recipe

This banana muffin recipe offers up a whole lot of bang for your buck because not only does it make the most ridiculously tasty banana blueberry muffins, but the homemade orange glaze icing is absolutely to die for as well.

banana blueberry muffins

The first two things that you’re going to want to do are preheat your oven to 350°F and then line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cups. With that out of the way, you can then combine the almond flour with the ground cinnamon and baking powder before setting to the side.

banana blueberry muffins

Next, place your bananas and eggs into your food processor and process until it forms a nice, smooth mixture. You may then add in the almond flour mixture and process until combined. Finally, fold in your blueberries as well.

banana blueberry muffins

Scoop your muffin batter into your prepared muffin cups and go ahead and top them with extra fresh blueberries if you would like. This step is totally optional though. Whatever you decide, once you’re all set you can go ahead and bake the muffins for 25-30 minutes, which should be just long enough for a toothpick to come out of the center clean.

banana blueberry muffins

While your muffins are baking, you can make the DIY orange glaze icing as well. Simply get a small bowl and add in the coconut butter, honey (or maple syrup if you would prefer), and orange zest. Mix to combine and then start adding in orange juice until the glaze reaches your desired consistency.

banana blueberry muffins

To finish the muffins off, simply pour your orange glaze over top of them and then enjoy.

banana blueberry muffins

2 Other Paleo Flours You Can Bake with Aside from Almond Flour

If you would rather not use almond flour for whatever reason when making these banana muffins, you still have a few other viable options. Here are my top two other picks for alternative paleo baking flours that you can use instead:

1. Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is a great substitute option that also provides an abundance of quality fats with modest amounts of both protein and dietary fiber as well. In addition, contrary to popular belief, the type of saturated fats found in coconut flour and other coconut products actually has a cholesterol lowering effect according to studies, which may suggest that it has potential when it comes to reducing your risk of developing heart disease. (1)

2. Cassava Flour

Cassava Flour also works great in paleo baking recipes. It’s perfect for giving your muffins a nice, moist texture that’s simply to die for. On top of that, cassava flour is a good source of protein, as well as essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin.

banana blueberry muffins

How to Make Your Own Almond Flour

Would you rather go full blown DIY with this recipe and make your own almond flour from scratch? You definitely can! As a matter of fact, making your own almond flour is actually an incredibly straightforward process. Not only is it easy, but it can actually end up saving you a lot of money over the long term because it’s way cheaper to simply buy blanched almonds compared to store bought almond flour brands.

Steps:

  1. Add one cup at a time of your blanched almonds into a food processor.
  2. Process them until they are finely ground.

That’s all there is to it! Homemade almond flour that you can use for all of your paleo cooking needs!

banana blueberry muffins

How to Know If Your Bananas Are Ripe Enough for Baking

If you’ve done much baking with bananas before, then you already know how important it is to make sure that your bananas are ripe enough (but not too ripe) for baking. On the other hand, if you’re not sure what you should be keeping an eye out for, here are signs that they’re good to go:

  1. Ripe bananas will feel especially soft to the touch compared to bananas that are still green.
  2. They also typically have obvious signs of bruising on the outside of the peel.
  3. You can also tell if your bananas are ripe enough based on how many days it has been since you purchased them. Any longer than a few days old and the odds are pretty good that your bananas are ripe enough.

These are guidelines you can use for other recipes that require bananas, like banana bread!

Can I Use Other Kinds of Fruit for the Glaze?

Yes, you can absolutely use other types of fruit instead of oranges when making the DIY glaze icing for this recipe. Here are a few other options that I’ve actually tried and would recommend:

  • Lemon glaze
  • Blueberry glaze
  • Strawberry glaze
  • Apricot glaze
  • Cherry glaze

(You may also like: The Best Paleo Banana Nut Muffins Ever (OMG!))


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Ingredients

  • For the muffins:
    • 3 cups almond flour
    • 3 medium ripe bananas
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 cup fresh blueberries plus extra for decoration
  • For the orange glaze icing:
    • ¼ cup coconut butter, softened
    • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
    • 1 tsp orange zest
    • 2 tbsp orange juice or as needed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cups. Set aside.
  3. Combine the almond flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. In a food processor place the bananas and eggs and process until smooth.
  5. Add in the almond flour mixture and process until well combined.
  6. Fold in the fresh blueberries.
  7. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
  8. Top with extra fresh blueberries if using.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  11. To make the glaze, add the coconut butter, honey and orange zest to a small bowl and mix to combine.
  12. Add enough orange juice until you reach your desired consistency.
  13. Pour it over the muffins and serve.

Servings

Serving Size

1

Servings/Recipe

12

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