Cherry Banana Muffins with Dark Chocolate Chips {Healthy and Gluten-Free}


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Happy Friday everyone!

Is anyone else baffled by how fast August hit us this year?  I know I sure am.

So before summer slips away, we are determined to cram in a few more activities to cross off our summer bucket list.

Beach? Check

S’mores? Check

Fruit Picking?  We missed out on strawberry picking this year but if you follow me on Instagram, we made it just in time for the last weekend of the season for cherry picking.  They even had peach picking there too so that was a bonus!

The weather was great and although my lil guy wasn’t too happy at first about his cherry stained hands, he had lots of fun after realizing that his hands weren’t really bleeding.

We got a good stash and are now overflowing with cherries at my house since we’ve also been buying them like crazy from the store because they are at an awesome price right now.


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I made these gluten free Cherry Banana Muffins a few weeks ago with some cherries I bought and am tempted to make some more again with the fresh bounty we got from our cherry picking weekend.

These muffins are quick and easy to throw together and are a great way to use up some of those ripe bananas.

With no butter or refined sugar, these make a great healthy breakfast or any time treat.

Be sure to use certified gluten free oats or oat flour to ensure that they are gluten free.

They are moist and bursting with flavor from the sweet cherries and go perfectly with the dark chocolate chips.

With cherry season upon us, there’s no excuse not to load up on some fresh cherries and bake up a batch of these delicious muffins!


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I’m also sharing these over at My Rays of Sunshine where I’m guest posting for Chastity today who is taking a well deserved family vacation.

She’s a sweet mother of three who shares her positive outlook on life and motherhood as well as beauty and style tips.   She enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle by working out and fuelling up with gluten free snacks.  So be sure to stop by and say “hi” and look around :)



Cherry Banana Muffins with Dark Chocolate Chips {Healthy and Gluten Free}
Cook time
Fresh cherry dark chocolate chip muffins made with gluten-free oat flour, bananas, coconut oil with no butter or refined sugars.
Yields: 12
  • * 1 cup of almond meal
  • * ½ cups gluten free oat flour (I grind my own in the food processor using certified gluten free rolled oats)
  • * 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • * ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • * ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • * 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • * 2 medium, ripe bananas
  • * 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • * ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce (can substitute with greek yogurt or ⅓ cup of milk of your choice but you may need to add more honey for sweetness)
  • * ¼ cup raw organic honey or agave nectar
  • * 1 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted (can substitute with oil of your choice)
  • * 2 eggs, room temperature
  • * 1 cup chopped fresh sweet cherries
  • * ⅓ dark chocolate chips
  • * ⅛ cup of oats for topping, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 415 F. Line muffin pans with paper liners.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Whisk in honey, applesauce, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil. Add eggs one at a time and whisk well until combined.
  4. Fold dry ingredients to wet and stir just until moistened.
  5. Gently fold in cherries and dark chocolate chips. Divide evenly between muffin cups, filling all the way to the top of the pan.
  6. Sprinkle topping with oats if desired.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.


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Here are more summer fruit recipes: 

Raspberry Lemon Loaf Cake

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Lighter Lemon Coconut Streusel Coffee Cake

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Skinnier Mango Coconut Walnut Muffins

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High Top Peach Streusel Muffins

Lovely comments

  1. These look amazing Kelly! I love those bright red cherries and can just imagine how great they taste in muffins! I love that they’re easy to put together too ~ a bakers dream! :-) And, I’ve been dreaming about fall too ~ my favorite season of the year! Have a beautiful week!
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  2. I’ve never made or eaten any kind of cherry muffins, Kelly. My husband is a big fan of cherries and my main “muffin-man” so I have a feeling he’d love these. Time is flying but hope you are enjoying these summer days… : )

  3. Look at those gorgeous cherries! And I love that you added the chocolate chips! I’ll take a muffin or two, please! Have a great weekend, Kelly!
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor recently posted…Coconut Cream Pie Energy Bites and Starbucks Teavana Iced Tea

  4. I cannot get enough fresh cherries right now. I think I’ve eaten my weight in them and still want more! What a fantastic way to showcase this wonderful fruit – and it’s healthy and gluten-free! Have a sweet weekend, Kelly! :)

  5. Summer has been flying by so fast! Love these cherry muffins – great way to celebrate summer cherries.
    Jeanette | Jeanette’s Healthy Living recently posted…White Peach Sangria Recipe

  6. These look so good Kelly, I love cherries at this time of year!

  7. These sound delicious Kelly! Love cherries this year. Yum!
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments recently posted…Creamy Zucchini Bacon Corn Soup

  8. Yum! Cherries and chocolate always get a thumbs up from me!

  9. Scrumptious! Looks like we’re on the same wavelength this week! :)
    Julia recently posted…Cherry Coconut Banana Ice Cream {Dairy-Free, No Added Sweetener}

  10. How fun that you got to go cherry picking! I haven’t done any fruit picking this year. I feel like I’m missing out big time.

    These muffins sound so good!
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  11. Cherry picking sure does sound fun, and I had to giggle when I read about your little boys hands. So cute! These muffins look amazing, Kelly, and I love that they’re healthy and indulgent with all that delicious fruit. Pinning! :)
    marcie recently posted…Grilled Stone Fruit Skewers with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Greek Yogurt {Farmer’s Market Friday}

  12. I am obsessed with cherries at the moment, so these sound perfect for me. I love that you have made them healthy too :)
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  13. Cherries and dark chocolate – such a fantastic pairing! I’ve been on a huge muffin kick – these look scrumptious!
    Lisa @ Simple Pairings recently posted…chicken taquitos

  14. These muffins look great Kelly, I have not yet combined banana and cherry…great idea!
    Have a wonderful weekend 😀

  15. i had one package of japanese dark cherry in my fridge and i think i’m gonna use this recipe for making my nieces breakfast…
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  16. I can’t believe it’s August! This summer is going by so fast. As much as I love Fall (it’s my favorite!) I don’t want time to go so quickly! These muffins sound delicious – love all the fresh cherries in here!! And the dark chocolate chips :) Happy weekend friend!
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  17. Yum, these muffins looks so good. I love all those big pieces of cherries. I am going crazy for the cherries right now. They are so delicious! I too can’t believe it is August. I’m already noticing a slight change in our weather and I know Fall isn’t too far away.

  18. I hope you didn’t have a hard time pitting them the way I did, your so lucky to live in place where you guys can pick fresh cherries! These muffins look so good Kelly! Have a great weekend :)
    Shundara@savynaturalista recently posted…Fresh Cherry Scones (Low-fat)

  19. Yay! These look crazy delicious! Cherries are so beautiful and so delicious! I’m going to be so bummed when they are out of season!
    Kelly – A Side of Sweet recently posted…Black Cherry Buttermilk Ice Cream

    • Aaw thanks so much Kelly. I know what you mean, I’ve been enjoying them way too much and will be sad to see them out of season too!

  20. Mmmm, I love how those muffins are just exploding with cherries! I had to do a double-take when I read that it is already August – it definitely hit me fast too. I have no idea where the summer went!
    Katy recently posted…Easy breakfast: Cream Cheese and Apple Toast

  21. Oooh yum! These muffins look great, Kelly! I’m super jealous that you got to go cherry picking. I’d love to fill my kitchen with them! I do have a few almost-too-ripe bananas to use up though…I’m thinking these muffins would do the trick! Enjoy your weekend. :)

  22. oh how I would love to go cherry picking!! love these cherry banana muffins!!!
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  23. Cherry and banana sounds delicious!
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  24. Wow those cherries look sensational! Love these gluten free muffins! I’ve been trying to cook more gluten free these days, so I’ll have to try these out! I wish I could go cherry picking down here in GA. That would make me beyond happy! Pinned!

  25. Kelly!! amazing combination… cherries and banana and almond based.. yummyyyyy!! Love it.. :)
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  26. Oh wow these look amazing and I can’t believe they are gluten free too boot! Cherry and chocolate are such an amazing pairing and the fact they are healthy as well great I will happily tuck into these for breakfast!

  27. These cherry muffins look fabulous, Kelly. And with the bonus of being gluten free, these are definitely a must bake for me. Thanks for sharing, Kelly.

  28. I’m so happy the weekend turned out amazing with cherry picking – a family friend bought a massive basket of cherries from somewhere in Oregon and within a few hours, these cherries were gone because they were so tasty and juicy! Your muffins look so delicious with dark chocolate & cherries…I make my vegan muffins with flax seeds or Ener-G Egg Replacer as an egg replacer and they turned out yummy. Have a great weekend, Kelly!

  29. These look like such a decadent treat- it’s almost hard to believe they’re healthy! Cherries are one of my favorite things about summer and I especially love when they’re paired with chocolate. 😀
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  30. Cherry and chocolate is such a heavenly combination! Maybe I can restrain from stuffing my face with my cherry supply long enough to make these :-)
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  31. Kelly, your cherry banana muffins sound sublime!!! What a delicious, healthy treat!!!

  32. another awesome recipe.. love how guilt free these muffins are, definitely perfect for my afternoon sweet treat when my sugar cravings hit. love it!
    Thalia @ butter and brioche recently posted…Caramelized Pear, Brie and Honey Tartines

  33. Really really love fruit picking, especially cherry picking :) I only do it once every couple of years though because for me, the closest place for me to go cherry picking is about 6 hours drive away so we usually make it into a weekend away! Love coming home with a stash of cherries though! Your muffins sound really good- I really love the combination of cherries and chocolate. Definitely would love these for breakfast! Wishing it was cherry season here right now….
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    • We haven’t been cherry picking in a while either and definitely had lots of fun. Sorry to hear that you don’t have cherry picking close by, store-bought ones are still really really good when they are in season :) Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comment Von :)

  34. Love the combination of the cherries with the bananas! These look like the perfect muffin to start my day with :)

  35. You are seriously making some rock star muffins lately! These are super model-esque!

  36. I love cherries, and paired with dark chocolate they’re even more heavenly! Love that these are GF as well. Perfection! 😀
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  37. I am in complete denial. Where did the summer go??? :)
    I cannot believe these are GF – they don’t look dry or oaty at all! I love that they are chock full of fruit and of course, chocolate is a must. Pinning these! Happy weekend Kelly!

  38. Fruit picking sounds like so much fun, I’m so sad I haven’t done any of it this summer yet. I also can’t believe how fast August has come! Before we know it, it will be Christmas, ha! I love all the flavors that you added to these muffins! I love when something is healthy, but delicious so that I can eat a bunch and not feel guilty!
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  39. Whoa!!!!! Just looking at the beautifullllllllll deep red color of the cherries is making me DROOOOOL! Imagine my state as I gawk at these muffins! They look incredibleeeeeeeee Kelly!!!!!! Loving the flavor combination too!!!!! I’m totalllly trying these!!!! Besides, they are healthy, so breakfast is sorted!!!! 😀
    Samina | The Cupcake Confession recently posted…Mushroom Masala Naan Pizza

  40. these muffins are gorgeous! Wish I can have some for breakfast tomorrow morning!

  41. I’m on a summer mission to eat ALL THE BERRIES AND CHERRIES. These muffins are surely going to help me meet my goals.
    Joanne recently posted…Summer Vegetable Corn Chowder with Chive Ricotta

  42. Cherries and chocolate and banana are such a wonderful combo in muffin form, add to that, these beauts are gluten free AND refined sugar free too!!! I think I have all the reasons I need to eat a second and a third! :)
    Happy Monday Kelly – it is indeed insane how quickly 2014 is flying by – can you believe it will be Christmas in 5 months?!?!?!

  43. I love cherries in baked goods and these muffins look spectacular. Perfect to have with my morning coffee on the commute to work.
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  44. I can hardly believe we’re into August already—Total crazieness! And these muffins?! I am totally missing something next to my coffee this morning and I’m pretty sure it’s these gorgeous muffins. LOVE the combo of cherries, bananas, and chocolate. NEED. 😀
    Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven recently posted…Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Sweet Potato Fries with Cilantro Ranch Dip

  45. Oh yum!! I have not been able to get enough cherries this year! They have been so good! I love the flavor combo here!

  46. I love being able to buy fruit SO cheaply in the summer! Have not bought any cherries yet this year, but you’ve inspired me to ;). These muffins look beautiful!

  47. These muffins look amazing! Love the cherries!

  48. Scrumptious, as always. I bet cherries go great with chocolate! Any quick tips on pitting and chopping up those cherries?
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  49. This sounds like a BLAST of flavors love it!
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  50. Picking fruit is one of my favourite things to do, gotta love summer! These little beauties look amazing, good to know they are healthy too!

  51. Oh I just love chocolate and cherries! These muffins look divine – I can’t believe they are gluten free too!
    Jessica @ Sweet Menu recently posted…Chocolate Fudge Cookies

  52. Cherries, Banana, and Chocolate Chips. Such a great combo! This is the perfect recipe to enjoy summer while it’s still here… I mean this is practically summer in muffin form :). They look amazing, Kelly!!

  53. These look delicious Kelly! I’m jealous! I wish we had cherry trees around here!

  54. What a coincidence, I’ve made muffins too! but with red currants! :)
    I could eat cherries and bakes with it pretty often! Your muffins look super!
    Mila recently posted…Red currants ‘n’ cardamom Muffins

  55. What a nice way to enjoy summer fruits! Love cherries so much and can’t get enough. I’ve never had muffins that include cherries. Must be so yummy!!

    • Thanks Nami, I can’t get enough of fresh cherries lately too…so sad that the season will be over soon here :( Hope you and your kids are enjoying the summer so far :)

  56. Those cherry chunks are SO stinking pretty Kelly!! I’m obsessed with the use of ingredients…so clean and guilt free food. My kind of muffin :) I love cherries but never ever cook with them. Even after seeing a million awesome cherry recipes this year lol I think I have an underlying fear of pitting cherries! Silly huh?! Thanks dear!
    Kelly – LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE recently posted…Road to Culinary School

  57. Your cherry muffins looks delicious Kelly! So awesome that you managed to go pick your own cherries! I’m jealous as we’re probably going to miss out on the cherry picking this year 😐
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  58. This looks amazing!!! I love healthy food. I know sometimes my blog looks like something else, haha, but it is true. :) These are on my bucket list! Thanks so much, Kelly!

  59. those cherries look so good and I’m always looking for easy breakfast ideas (gluten free) – I could eat a few of these with a large cup of coffee!
    Do you think I could skip the applesauce? or replace it with something?

    • Yup, I haven’t tried it but I’m sure you could replace it with any milk of your choice or some greek yogurt instead. Hope it works out for you and thanks for stopping by Archana :)

  60. I’ve never had cherries in baked goods (except pie of course) and I’ve never had cherry and banana as a flavor combo. Looks awesome! :)

  61. Ooh, I love fresh summertime cherries and these muffins are SUCH a fab use of them. And how fantastic they look! That last picture is making me hungry for one right now!

  62. I should definitely try more gluten free recipes, especially when they involve chocolate and cherries! These muffins are amazing. Can I use olive oil instead of coconut oil?
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  63. These look delicious, and I’m so excited that they are gluten free! Sharing!
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  64. These muffins look fantastic!
    Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. recently posted…Ham & Cheese Scones

  65. Wow! These look like gorgeous muffins! I just love fresh cherries. Can’t believe they are gluten free too!
    Jessica @ Sweet Menu recently posted…Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

  66. I know, the year’s just flying by.

    And these muffins, I bet they fly by and get eaten up right away, they sound amazing – such a great flavor combination.

  67. one of my favorite flavor combos Kelly! These muffins sound amazing :)
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  68. I want to go cherry picking!!! Love love these muffins dear :)

  69. This looks amazing!!! I have a bunch of cherries in my freezer that would be perfect for this!
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  70. Wow Kelly! These look great! Love the fact that fresh cherries are used. My boys freak out a little with the cherry stained hands too! :-)
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  71. I love to find healthy dessert recipes. Definitely I have to try this recipe! Looks so delicious and it is guilt free 😉
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  72. These muffins look so good Kelly! I’d love to go cherry picking!

  73. YUM! These look so delicious!! Chocolate cherry?! What a great combo!! YUM!! Also. I love that they are gluten free! My mum recently made some blueberry muffins for a family vacation we went on! So good!! I LOVE muffins, but rarely get to eat them being gluten free! Great healthy recipe!!

  74. Cherry banana?! Sounds amazing!!
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  75. Wah, I`m so jealous! I`ve always wanted to go fruit picking, but I live at least a few hours away from one. My mom would have loved to gobble up all those cherries.

  76. Cherry picking sounds like so much fun! I’ve never done it before. These muffins look really amazing!


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