Delicious Gluten-Free Banana Cupcakes for All Occasions

Hello there, my fellow food lovers! Today, I’m excited to share with you my gluten-free and dairy-free banana cupcakes recipe. Not only is this recipe incredibly delicious, but it’s also healthy and filled with amazing ingredients that your body will thank you for.

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I understand the importance of eating a well-balanced diet. However, I also believe that food should be enjoyable and tasty. That’s why I’ve been working tirelessly to create the perfect gluten-free and dairy-free banana cupcakes recipe that is both nutritious and mouth-watering.

These moist and fluffy banana cupcakes are made with ripe bananas, coconut oil, gluten-free flour blend, and a few other essential ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry. This recipe is perfect for anyone who has dietary restrictions or simply wants to eat healthier without sacrificing taste.

So whether you’re hosting a birthday party or just craving some baked goods, these gluten-free and dairy-free banana cupcakes are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your body happy and healthy. Stay tuned for the rest of the recipe article where I’ll be sharing more details about this must-try recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Banana Cupcakes
Gluten Free Banana Cupcakes

Picture this – it’s a lazy weekend morning and you want to treat yourself to something special for breakfast. Enter these Gluten-Free Banana Cupcakes! Warm, moist, and bursting with delicious banana flavor, these cupcakes will quickly become your new favorite brunch treat.

But what makes this recipe truly amazing is that it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and made with organic ingredients. That’s right – you can indulge in these cupcakes without any guilt or digestive discomfort. With coconut oil replacing traditional butter and a gluten-free flour blend made with xanthan gum, these cupcakes are perfect for anyone looking for healthier options.

And the best part? These banana cupcakes are incredibly versatile. You can add nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips to the batter for an extra burst of flavor. Or swap out the bananas for applesauce or pumpkin puree to create a new variation each time you bake them.

If you’re vegan or have an egg allergy, don’t worry – you can easily substitute bananas for eggs and make this recipe completely vegan. And if you’re unsure about where to find gluten-free flours or xanthan gum, fear not! Most grocery stores now carry a wide range of gluten-free baking supplies.

In summary, the Gluten-Free Banana Cupcakes recipe is not only delicious but also healthy and accommodating of different dietary needs. Do your body (and your taste buds) a favor and give this recipe a try – your mornings will never be the same!

Ingredient List

 Sweetness overload in every bite!
Sweetness overload in every bite!

Before starting to cook, let’s take a look at the key ingredients needed for this delectable Gluten-Free Banana Cupcakes Recipe.

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups of gluten-free flour blend (see Note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 cups of mashed overripe bananas (about 4 medium bananas)
  • 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Zest from one medium lemon

If you don’t have gluten-free flour on hand, don’t worry! You can substitute it with all-purpose flour. However, note that using all-purpose flour will no longer make this recipe gluten-free.

Pro Tip: Make sure that you are using ripe bananas as they are sweeter and will provide a more natural flavor to this delightful dessert.

The Recipe How-To

 These cupcakes are bananas (literally)!
These cupcakes are bananas (literally)!

Now, let’s dive into the details of how to make these delicious Gluten-Free Banana Cupcakes.


Before we begin, let me remind you about the ingredients you’ll be needing. You will need:

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour blend (see Note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 ripe, mashed bananas
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Recipe Steps

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, here are the steps you should follow:

Step 1: Preheat your oven

First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C.

Step 2: Mix dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, baking soda, salt and xanthan gum. Add in the cinnamon if you are using it.

Step 3: Add wet ingredients

In a separate bowl, mix together the melted coconut oil and sugar. Then add in the lightly beaten eggs and mashed bananas. Stir until well combined.

Step 4: Combine wet and dry ingredients

Add the wet ingredients mixture into the dry ingredients mixture and stir well.

Step 5: Fill muffin cups

Line a muffin pan with paper cups and fill each with batter until two-thirds full.

Step 6: Bake for approximately twenty minutes

Bake in preheated oven for around twenty minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 7: Cool and serve

Remove from oven and cool for about fifteen minutes before serving.


That’s it, you now know exactly how to make these delicious Gluten-Free Banana Cupcakes. Enjoy your delicious healthy treats!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get your daily dose of potassium with our banana cupcakes.
Get your daily dose of potassium with our banana cupcakes.

Baking is all about creativity and experimentation. Luckily, this gluten-free banana cupcake recipe is incredibly versatile and can be customized to suit your taste buds or personal preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations that you may want to try:

– If you prefer not to use coconut oil, you can replace it with an equal amount of softened butter, ghee, or any neutral-flavored vegetable oil.

– For a vegan version of these cupcakes, simply swap the eggs for 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tbsp water), use maple syrup instead of honey or sugar, and choose a dairy-free frosting.

– We know not everyone is a fan of bananas. If you still want to enjoy the moist texture of these cupcakes but not the banana flavour, you can substitute bananas by using unsweetened applesauce in the same quantity as mashed bananas.

– You can add different flavours to this recipe by mixing in some chocolate chips, cinnamon, or grated nutmeg. Alternatively, try adding ½ cup of your favorite chopped nuts or dried fruits like raisins or chopped dates.

– To make these cupcakes suitable for various dietary restrictions or allergies, be sure to use certified gluten-free oat flour and baking powder that is both corn-free and aluminum-free. You can also use coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar.

With these substitutions and variations, the possibilities are endless! You can unleash your creativity and experiment with different ingredients until you find the perfect flavour combination that suits your taste buds. Whether you’re making these cupcakes for a party or just for yourself, don’t be afraid to get creative with this delicious gluten-free banana cupcake recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 Be gluten-free and have your cupcakes too!
Be gluten-free and have your cupcakes too!

Now that you have created these delicious, gluten-free banana cupcakes, it’s time to serve them up and pair them with something equally as tasty. These cupcakes can stand on their own without any toppings, but they can also be jazzed up a bit with some whipped cream or frosting.

For a dairy-free option, try using a coconut whipped cream. This will add an extra dimension of flavor to the cupcakes and complement the natural sweetness of the bananas. You can also try a vegan frosting made with coconut oil, maple syrup, and blended cashews for a creamy and decadent touch.

When it comes to pairing these gluten-free banana cupcakes with something to drink, we suggest tea or coffee. The warm flavors of both beverages work well with the sweetness of the bananas and provide a perfect balance.

As for serving suggestions, we recommend setting them out on a beautiful platter and letting your guests help themselves. You can also showcase them in individual cupcake papers if you want your guests to feel extra special.

In summary, these gluten-free banana cupcakes are incredibly versatile and pair well with many different toppings and drinks. Whether you want to dress them up or keep things simple, they are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfectly moist and fluffy cupcakes without the gluten.
Perfectly moist and fluffy cupcakes without the gluten.

Once you’ve finished baking those delicious gluten-free banana cupcakes, you may be wondering what’s the best way to store them, and how you can reheat them or make-ahead for future consumption.

The good news is that these moist cupcakes are just as tasty the next day or even a few days later if stored correctly.

Here are some tips on how to store and reheat your gluten-free banana cupcakes like a pro:

Make Ahead:

If you want to get ahead and have some gluten-free banana cupcakes ready for breakfast or snack time, you can make the batter ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. When you’re ready to bake, let the batter come back to room temperature before filling the cupcake liners.


If you plan on storing your gluten-free banana cupcakes outside of the refrigerator, make sure to keep them in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also wrap each cupcake individually in plastic wrap before storing them in a ziplock bag- this way they’ll last up to four days.

For longer storage, place the wrapped cupcakes in an airtight container in the freezer. They can last up to three months this way. When defrosting, allow at least 12 hours in the fridge before unwrapping them.


To enjoy your leftover gluten-free banana cupcakes warm again, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Remove any paper cups from the muffins and wrap each one loosely with foil. Heat them for approximately 5-6 minutes and voila! You have fresh-out-of-the-oven tasting muffins again.

Alternatively, pop your muffins into the microwave for about 10-15 sec on medium power. Enjoy hot or cold with your favourite cup of tea or coffee.

With these tips, your gluten-free banana cupcakes will stay fresh and delicious even after a few days!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Who said gluten-free can't be delicious?
Who said gluten-free can’t be delicious?

When preparing these gluten-free banana cupcakes, there are a few tips that can help ensure perfect results every time. Even if you are an experienced baker, it’s always a good idea to review some tried and tested tips for making gluten-free baked goods come out just right.

First, be sure to measure your ingredients carefully. Gluten-free flours can be especially finicky if not measured accurately, so use a kitchen scale if possible to ensure precision. And when measuring flour, avoid packing it down tightly in the measuring cup; instead, lightly spoon it into the cup and level off with a knife.

Another tip is to use a flour blend specifically formulated for gluten-free baking. These blends typically include several types of flours and other ingredients (such as xanthan gum or guar gum) that help the baked goods bind together and rise properly. One such blend is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.

In addition, don’t overmix the batter once you’ve added the dry ingredients. This can result in tough cupcakes that don’t rise properly. Instead, mix until just combined and then fold in any add-ins (such as nuts or chocolate chips) gently.

To keep your gluten-free banana cupcakes moist, you can try adding an extra egg or a bit of applesauce to the batter. And if you want to make them even more special, top them with some cream cheese frosting or drizzle them with melted chocolate.

Finally, be prepared to experiment a bit with substitutions and variations until you find what works best for you. For example, try using mashed avocado instead of butter for a dairy-free version or adding some spices like cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to baking perfect gluten-free banana cupcakes every time!


After going through the ingredient list and how-to of this Gluten-free Banana Cupcakes Recipe, it’s understandable that you might have some questions about the recipe – its nutritional values, possible modifications, how to store or freeze leftovers, etc. In this section, we’ll be addressing some frequently asked questions about this recipe to help you make informed decisions and get the most out of your baking experience.

Why did my gluten free muffins not rise?

If you’ve noticed that your cake isn’t rising or is sinking in the middle, it could be due to insufficient use of raising agents. It’s essential to use the right type of baking powder to get perfect results. Double action baking powders are an excellent choice to experiment with. If you’re adapting a recipe to be gluten-free, try using 25 percent more chemical raising agents, such as baking soda or baking powder. This should help your cake to rise and be fluffy in the center.

Can I add bananas to Quaker muffin mix?

To incorporate bananas in your recipe, it would be wise to limit the amount to 2 mashed bananas and skip adding water. The banana will aid in adding adequate moisture.

What are gluten free cupcakes made of?

When it comes to gluten-free and dairy-free cooking, there are several alternative ingredients that can be used in place of traditional options. One such example is Rice Flour, which is made by finely grinding rice into a powder. Another popular choice is Almond Flour, widely recognized for its nutty flavor and versatility. Buckwheat Flour, Sorghum Flour, Teff Flour and Arrowroot Flour are additional options that can be used in a range of dishes to elevate taste and texture. Similarly, Brown Sugar can be an excellent alternative to white sugar. For moistness, Applesauce and Fruit Puree serve as great substitutes, while also adding natural sweetness to the recipe.

What can I substitute banana with in muffin mix?

When it comes to baking, bananas are a common ingredient in many recipes. However, did you know that you can swap them out for applesauce? This healthy substitute can be used whether you have store-bought or homemade applesauce. Simply replace one banana with 1/2 cup of applesauce, but make sure not to add more than 1 cup or you risk an overly wet mixture. Additionally, for baked goods calling for bananas, egg whites or a whole egg can also be a suitable replacement.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these Gluten Free Banana Cupcakes are perfect for those who want to enjoy a sweet treat without compromising on their dietary restrictions. With a few simple substitutions, you can make these cupcakes vegan and dairy-free as well. The recipe is easy to follow and provides you with moist gluten-free cupcakes that are rich in flavors of ripe bananas and cinnamon. You can also add raisins or nuts to the batter to create a variety of textures and flavors.

These banana cupcakes are perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. They also make great party treats – frosting them with cream cheese or decorating them with fresh fruits or sprinkles. You can store them in an airtight container for up to three days, or freeze them for later use.

The recipe ingredients are easy to source and affordable. A blend of gluten-free flour, mashed bananas, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and baking powder will make your baking experience worthwhile every time. Additionally, substituting some of the ingredients can result in variations such as Vegan Banana Oat Muffins, Blueberry Banana Muffins, Chocolate Chip Muffins, Banana Nut Muffins, Chocolate Banana Muffins, and Oat Flour Banana Baked Goods.

In conclusion, this recipe is a must-try for all those seeking healthier options without missing out on taste or flavor. The cupcakes are perfect with a cup of milk or chai tea – creating a delightful experience for your taste buds. Enjoy baking!

Gluten Free Banana Cupcakes

Gluten Free Banana Cupcakes Recipe

This recipe is perfect for a small family. I frosted the cupcakes and then froze them. They defrost nicely. These are sinfully delicious frosted with recipe Recipe #70900 and garnished with chopped peanuts.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Calories 148.8 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, gluten free blend
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cake, enhancer (Modified Tapioca Starch)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla, gluten free
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1/4-1/3 cup milk (I used almond milk.)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder and cake enhancer. Using the wire whisk attachment to a stand mixer whisk until thoroughly blended.
  • Place the oil, vanilla, egg, banana and 1/4 cup of the milk in a blender container. Blend until liquid.
  • Replace the whisk attachment with the beater attachment and add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. If the batter looks dry add in the additional milk. When thoroughly combined continue to beat the batter for 2 minutes.
  • Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop batter into prepared cupcake liners. Place in oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow the cupcakes to rest for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and place on wire rack to cool. Once completely cool frost and enjoy.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 50gCalories: 148.8kcalCarbohydrates: 23.3gProtein: 2.4gFat: 5.3gSaturated Fat: 4.2gCholesterol: 16.2mgSodium: 151.2mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 9.8g
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