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No Sugar Banana Bran Muffins

No Sugar Banana Bran Muffins! These refined sugar free banana muffins are sweetened with nothing but bananas and dates. Made with whole wheat flour, oats, lots of bran, and studded with walnuts and banana chunks, these healthy bran muffins make a great breakfast, snack, or lunchbox treat. 
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword banana bran muffins, healthy muffins
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 295kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pitted dates about 200g dates
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large very ripe bananas mashed
  • 3 Tbsp of soft butter OR olive oil I've used both with the same results
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 banana diced
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped


  • Grease your muffin tins (I use butter), and preheat your oven to 200°C/ 400°F.
  • In a small (but not too small!) pot, combine the dates and water and heat to boiling on high heat. As soon as the water boils, add the tsp of baking soda, and stir to combine. Marvel at the foamy science that is happening and do not be alarmed, just make sure your pot is large enough that it won't foam over. Set mixture aside to cool.
  • In a stand mixer, mix together mashed bananas and butter or olive oil until it is light and frothy.
  • Add the eggs and mix to combine them.
  • Stir in milk, bran, and oats, and set aside.
  • Add the dates to the wet mixture, and stir to combine.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined.
  • Mix in diced banana and walnuts.
  • Spoon the mixture into prepared muffin tins.
  • Bake for 20 - 25 min, until tops are golden and a knife inserted into the middle of one of the muffins comes out clean.


  • Nutrition values are an estimate only


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 588mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 2.4mg