Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins


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 Yesterday I had all these ripe bananas on my counter begging to be used.

Bundles of bananas next to tomatoes

This recipe does not need any specialty ingredients, you probably have everything on hand already.

It’s Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Tree-Nut Free, Seed-Free, and free from any complicated stand-mixers, Vita-Mixes, dehydrators.  In fact, one bowl, a fork and a spoon is all you need.

It takes 5 minutes to mix it, and 20 minutes to bake.  Then you’re done and you’ve impressed yourself and your family.  With very few dishes dirtied.  Gotta love it when that happens.


Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Makes One Dozen 3-Bite Muffins
1 large ripe banana, mashed
1/2 c dry oats
1/3 c brown sugar
1/2 c white sugar
1 heaping Tsp Cinnamon
1 heaping Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/3 c raisins (omit, or use other dried fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. as you prefer)

Mash the Banana with a Fork, add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bake at 375F for 10 minutes, then turn oven temp down to 350F and bake for another 8 minutes, or until done and golden.

Note: If you want to reduce (or even omit) most of the sugar, feel free.  I like sugar though.
Note: There is no water, mylks/milks, or liquids added.  If you feel you need a splash of something, go for it.  A splash though, that’s it.


Mash the Banana with a Fork

Mashed bananas in silver bowl with fork

Add everything else

Remaining ingredients added to bowl to make Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins
Baking Soda and Baking Powder Containers

Stir to Combine

Mixed up muffin ingredients in bowl

Add mixture to muffin liners

Muffin batter in paper liners in muffin tinClose up of muffin batter in paper liner
Preheat your oven to 375F.  Let the mixture rest in the muffin liners on the counter while your oven is pre-heating as this will soften the oats a bit and give a nicer finished product, but not necessary to wait if you’re in a hurry.

Bake at 375F for 10 minutes and then I turned the temp down to 350F and baked for another 8 minutes

Oven preheated to 375 degrees F

They’re Done!  Skylar loved them!

Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins right out of ovenClose up of muffins in liners in muffin tinOverhead of one Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal MuffinOne muffin with paper liner pulled down
She had two of them, i.e. 6 bites, down the hatchet in record time!
Barely hardened on the outside, super gooey and warm in the middle.
Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins on plateSplit muffin on plateClose up of split muffin on plate
And the brown sugar and banana drifted to the bottom.
 They’re like eating a bowl of carmelized, sugared oatmeal + banana bread,  in muffin form.   Up close of Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins on plate
Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins up close on plate
 So good.  Omg.
The best of both worlds: cinny sugar oatmeal + banana bread…all in one!

If your family doesn’t happen to snarf these in one sitting, store in a sealed container.

Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins in liners stacked in clear containerOverhead of stacked Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal MuffinsClose up of Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins in container
I don’t think you’ll have to worry about leftovers.

Skylar got something in the mail and was so excited!

Young girl smiling in front of gift on countertop
Young girl opening gift
She is thrilled with her gift!
Young girl wearing pink and white tutuYoung girl wearing pink tutu dancing in kitchen
Young girl wearing tutu in dining room
Young girl in tutu holding pompoms
The Pom-Poms are a Huge Hit!
Young girl dancing in tutu with pompoms Close up of young girl holding pompoms
“Hoorrrrray For Skylar!”   That’s what she shouts as she’s cheering with her pom-poms.

Dessert–Check out my Other Muffins:
Vegan Banana Nut Muffins (Gluten & Soy Free)

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins in muffin tin
The Yummy, Gooey Inside of a Muffin.  Note I did not say the M word (Moist…eek! hate!)
Hand holding portion of Vegan Banana Nut Muffin
Hand holding part of muffin showing moistness
Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Streusel Muffin on plate
Actually, of greatness, according to Scott.   Scott is not a Muffin Guy and he said these were the Best Muffins He’s Ever Eaten.  Gluten-Free and Vegan just add an extra feather in my cap.  And then he tried today’s variety and said these were the best. 
Close up of Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Streusel Muffins showing Streusel
Overhead of Muffin on plate showing streusel

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1. Best Thing You’ve Done or Ate So Far this Weekend?  Or tell me something fun or random about yourself!
Me = Popped a couple of my muffins before Scott and Skylar ate them all….haha!
Something fun/random = I have a pierced tongue.  I got it about 12 years ago and never took it out.  I have a clear-ish pink plastic barbell in it.  Don’t want to chip a tooth so I wear plastic!

2. Dress Up Clothes.  Did you play dress up when you were a kid?  What did you like to dress up as?
I did and ballerina, rock and roll star, doctor & nurse, and fairy princess all come to mind.  I don’t think I ever had cheerleader dress-up clothes.  In school, I was never a cheerleader, either.  I played volleyball, basketball, and ran track.

3. What’s your favorite kind of muffin?  Do you have a recipe that you love?  Bonus if it’s GF and Vegan but not essential.

4. Favorite way to use up bananas?
See my Recipe Tab for all my Banana Softserve variations.

Or check out my GF Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread (Gluten/Soy-Free)
A stellar way to use up some ripe bananas!

Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread in loaf pan
 Hand holding a slice of Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Up close of baked on bananas on Banana Bread


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Please note: I have only made the recipe as written, and cannot give advice or predict what will happen if you change something. If you have a question regarding changing, altering, or making substitutions to the recipe, please check out the FAQ page for more info.


  1. These looked so yummy (and flourless!), i had to try!
    I gave it a shot tonight, and as I don’t own an oven I had to bake them in the microwave (that I can use as an oven – I think it’s called convection microwave?).
    Unfortunately, they remained too liquid (they didn’t “hold” together?), even if i baked them longer than required. Any idea why?


    1. Jessica, you will never get the same results using a microwave as an oven. The way microwaves heat/cook are totally different than oven and in this case, it’s why you didn’t get the results you were looking for. Even if it’s a fancy/upgraded microwave, it’s still…a microwave. Bake them in the oven next time and they’ll work!

  2. for vegan gf cinnamon raisin banana oatmeal muffin
    the photo of baking power, did u add to this recipe or not. i didnt see you add this ingredient on the list. if so, how much did u add baking power to this recipe


    1. From memory, no I did not. Forgive me that this post is two and a half years old and my memory is a bit fuzzy on them. Not sure why I even showed both baking soda & powder, but if you make them, you could add 1 tsp of baking powder in addition to the soda; that will give them more lift & rise. Either way, they are dense and not a ‘fluffy’ muffin so a little extra leavening can’t hurt.