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Banana Chia Seed Muffins with Pecans

Banana and Chia Seed Muffins with Pecans are the perfect grab-and-go snack or breakfast. The crunch from the Pecans and Chia Seeds is lovely! These muffins are naturally sweetened and not too sweet and have a wonderful lightly spiced cinnamon banana flavor. They're made with white whole wheat flour, for a healthy muffin recipe that isn't too dense or "healthy tasting." Give them a try!

Pile of whole wheat banana chia muffins

Chia seed muffins

Chia seeds make a great addition to overnight oats, chia lemonade drinks, salads, and yes, MUFFINS!

If you like poppy seed muffins, then you will probably like these chia seed muffins! The chia seeds give these banana muffins a subtle crunch.

The banana adds natural sweetness to the muffins, and I add just a little cinnamon to the muffin batter to give everything more flavor (plus a little antioxidants never hurt anyone!).

These muffins also have chopped pecans because I love how toasted pecans taste in baked goods, but you can absolutely skip the pecans if you don't like nuts in your muffins or want to make nut-free muffins. Instead of pecans, you can try adding some fresh or frozen blueberries, or just omit them.

Related recipe: Blueberry Wheat Germ Muffins

Banana chia muffin closeup

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Whole wheat chia muffins

Since we're going with the "healthier" theme thanks to the chia seeds, I also used white whole wheat flour in this recipe.

White whole wheat flour is one of my favorite ingredients ever! It has all the benefits of whole grain flour, but it looks and tastes a lot lighter when baked, so it can be substituted directly for all purpose flour in many recipes, even for baking.

You can find white whole wheat flour in most large grocery stores (I like the King Arthur brand!), or on Amazon.

More muffin recipes to try: Mulberry Muffins

Ingredients for banana chia muffins

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour (or use 50/50 regular whole wheat / all-purpose flour)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup pecans, crushed or chopped

Equipment

In addition to bowls, measuring spoons and cups, you'll need:

  • 12-muffin tin (the standard size)
  • Muffin liners
  • A squeeze-release ice cream scoop to spoon the batter into the muffin pan. I think it's so much easier to use than a spoon—less messy!

More muffin recipes to check out: Cranberry Date Muffins

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350F. Place muffin liners in a muffin pan.

Step 2: Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, chia seeds, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.

Step 3: In another bowl, mash the ripe bananas really well. Add the egg, honey, oil, and vanilla and mix well.

Step 4: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until mostly combined. Add the pecans and incorporate them into the batter until everything is combined. Do not overmix!

Step 5: Use an ice cream scoop or a large spoon to add the batter to the muffin pan lined with paper liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350F, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

More muffin recipes: 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredient tips and substitutions

→ Pecan substitution: for a nut-free muffin, substitute with dried cranberries, or fresh or frozen blueberries.

→ White whole wheat flour: If you can't find white whole wheat flour, you can use 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour. Using 100% whole wheat flour will end up with muffins that are a little too dense.

→ Spray your measuring cup with oil before measuring out the honey, it won't stick to the measuring cup!

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Banana chia muffins
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Banana, Cinnamon, and Chia Seed Muffins with Pecans

Banana, Cinnamon, and Chia Seed Muffins with Pecans are the perfect grab-and-go snack or breakfast. The crunch from the Pecans and Chia Seeds is lovely! These muffins are not too sweet and have a wonderful cinnamon banana flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Kate

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Place muffin liners in a muffin pan. 
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl - flour, chia seeds, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. 
  • In another bowl, mash the ripe bananas. Add the egg, honey, oil, and vanilla and mix well. 
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until mostly combined. Add the pecans and incorporate them into the batter until everything is combined. Do not overmix!
  • Use an ice cream scoop or a large spoon to add the batter to the muffin pan lined with paper liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350F, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal (9%) | Carbohydrates: 31g (10%) | Protein: 4g (8%) | Fat: 5g (8%) | Saturated Fat: 1g (5%) | Cholesterol: 14mg (5%) | Sodium: 194mg (8%) | Potassium: 183mg (5%) | Fiber: 4g (16%) | Sugar: 12g (13%) | Vitamin A: 40IU (1%) | Vitamin C: 2.6mg (3%) | Calcium: 49mg (5%) | Iron: 0.9mg (5%)

The nutritional information displayed is an estimate and not to be used as dietary or nutritional advice. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for nutritional info based on the exact ingredients you use.

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Laurie Burrell

Monday 8th of February 2021

My muffins turned out very dense. I used ground chia seed. Is this why?

Kate

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

yea that would do it! ground chia seeds absorb more liquid faster than whole chia seeds. Try them with whole chia seeds next time!

Kate

Tuesday 16th of September 2014

This was my first time baking with chia seeds, and it went just fine! I was worried about the chia soaking up too much of the moisture and leaving the muffins dry, but they were delicious.

ATasteOfMadness

Tuesday 16th of September 2014

These muffins look amazing!! I have never baked with chia seeds, but I have always been wanting to!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Tuesday 16th of September 2014

I grew up saying pee can but when I moved to the South for college it was pee cahn. I'm comfortable either way. It's pee can in Australia and that works for me. So would these muffins!

Kate

Tuesday 16th of September 2014

Good to know that it's just a regional thing! I've always awkwardly mumbled the word (probably turning red in the meantime), but I'll stop worrying about it.

I think I am extra sensitive to it because English is my second language, so there have definitely been times when I thought I was saying things right without anyone correcting me out of politeness.

Kate

Tuesday 16th of September 2014

There were pretty good, I'm not gonna lie :)

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