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100% Whole Grain Spelt Banana Muffins

100% Whole Grain Spelt Banana Muffins on a plate.

As part of our Grinding Grains Challenge, readers sent along a few recipes, including this one for Whole Grain Banana Spelt Muffins. My 3-year-old loved making them with me as we practiced some of his preschool skills in the kitchen.

Muffins are always great for school snacks, easy breakfasts, and packed lunch sides. I tend to make big batches and freeze some, which really pays myself back when I forget to plan breakfast. Winking smile

These ancient grain muffins are moist enough that even after freezing, you can just eat them without having to heat them up, unlike some muffins.

Why Bake with Ancient Grains?

 100% Whole Grain Spelt Banana Muffins on a plate

I also tried the muffins with einkorn flour, another ancient grain.

Both spelt and einkorn are ancestors of modern wheat. They do contain gluten, but some people who have trouble digesting gluten can handle spelt and einkorn. Learn more about einkorn in this great interview with an einkorn farmer, including how to translate whole wheat recipes to einkorn!

RELATED: Blueberry muffins made with spelt

If you are interested in trying these ancient grains, a quick bread or muffin recipe is a great place to start. You’ll notice both have a richer flavor than whole wheat, a bit nutty and robust.

We’ll be sharing a lot of einkorn recipes made with freshly milled grain in this series, along with whole wheat and gluten-free versions of the same recipes.

Recipes We’ve Worked on in the Series:

Don’t worry, if you don’t have a grain mill or couldn’t imagine yourself grinding grain yourself, I’ll be sure to address when any of these CAN’T be done with commercial flour. Usually, recipes are very compatible! 

100% Whole Grain Spelt Banana Muffins on a plate.

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100% Whole Grain Spelt Banana Muffins

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  • Author: Katie Kimball
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Bread


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  1. Melt the butter over low heat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. A KitchenAid mixer on high or a potato masher works great.
  3. Add eggs, honey and [peanut butter] and mix well.
  4. Mix in the melted butter – hopefully it’s had a little time to cool off.
  5. Add the dry ingredients on top, flour first, then sprinkle the salt and baking soda over the flour.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Preheat oven to 325F. Spoon the batter into 24 lined muffin cups (or 12 large and 24 mini). Bake for 25 minutes for muffins, 16 minutes for minis


The muffins freeze great for up to 3 months.

The reader who sent me the recipe says: “I think adding quite a bit of peanut butter, at least 1/4 to 1/2 cup, is what makes these so delicious! I just pour it in from the jar, so I’ve never actually measured. This recipe is very forgiving!”

If you don’t have honey, you can always use a granulated sweetener like sucanat or organic sugar. To keep the sweetness the same, add a few extra tablespoons. The muffins may also need 3-5 extra minutes of bake time.

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If you don’t have a grain mill (yet), this recipe is definitely not out of bounds. Commercial whole grain spelt flour should behave just the same as freshly milled in this case – muffins and quick breads are usually very forgiving!

The muffins taste mostly like banana muffins, not peanut butter. Like our favorite whole wheat pumpkin muffins and grain-free coconut flour muffins, they freeze great and make for an excellent snack on the go that’s not processed (or expensive!).

Have you ever used ancient grains? What’s your fav?
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More Grain Grinding Challenge Series Posts

The Grinding Challenge Series is getting me to use my Mockmill grain mill! Here’s what we’re covering: Plus where to find einkorn and get your own Mockmill HERE.
100% Whole Grain Spelt Banana Muffins on a plate
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5 thoughts on “100% Whole Grain Spelt Banana Muffins”

  1. Amazing muffins! They are moist and sweet; I could’ve eaten the whole batch. This was my first time using spelt and I really appreciate finding this website. I look forward to trying more of Katie’s recipes. I did make a couple changes, I used coconut oil instead of butter and almond butter instead of peanut butter. Oh and I added a cup of semi sweet chocolate chips. This will be my go to recipe for banana muffins!

    1. Carolyn @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Sounds great Denise, I always add chocolate chips to banana muffins too! Thanks for the review!

  2. Any sub suggestions for a nut-free household? Son doesn’t do sunflower butter either. I was thinking just leave out the peanut butter.

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