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Flourless Peanut Butter Muffins | Grain Free

Flourless Peanut Butter Muffins | Grain Free

These easy flourless peanut butter muffins are tender and flavorful, are made with absolutely no flour, no dairy, and no banana. A true pantry recipe, made with just what you have on hand!

These easy flourless peanut butter muffins are tender and flavorful, are made with absolutely no flour, no dairy, and no banana. A true pantry recipe, made with just what you have on hand!

The importance of baking without flour

I’ve been publishing truly flourless baking recipes for a long time. If you’re new to baking gluten free, you often don’t have any of the gluten free flour blends that I recommend using in recipes that call for an all purpose gluten free flour.

The gluten free flour blends that I recommend aren’t available in most grocery stores (Better Batter), or tend to be relatively expensive (Cup4Cup). I so badly want you to have success in baking as quickly as possible, so you feel empowered. That’s the reason I started this website in the first place.

Flourless peanut butter muffins, made with no flour, no banana, and no dairy, pictured raw in the muffin tin, ready for the oven.

What is a flourless baking recipe?

To qualify as truly flourless, a recipe has to allow for baking with no flour at all. If it has almond flour or gluten free oats ground into flour, it’s not flourless.

When you’re new to baking gluten free, you probably don’t have gluten free oats or finely ground blanched almond flour in your pantry. But you do probably have nut butter for a recipe like these flourless peanut butter muffins. Or a can of black beans for our flourless black bean brownies.

These are also the recipes that you can share with friends and family who don’t need to eat gluten free, but are just out of flour. The recipes also tend to be healthier, although that isn’t my focus when creating them. I find that if I try to be everything to everyone, no one eats well. 🙂

Flourless peanut butter muffins, made with no flour, no banana, and no dairy, pictured in the muffin tin, just out of the oven.

Ingredients and substitutions

These muffins are simple and kind of magical 🎩🐇  in their success. They do contain a few additional allergens, like peanuts in two forms, and eggs, though. If you need to work around some of those ingredients, I’m happy to try to help.

Peanut butter: This recipe calls for smooth, no-stir peanut butter, by which I mean that it doesn’t have the oil on top of the jar that needs to be stirred. If you’d like to make these muffins peanut-free, the biggest problem is, of course, replacing the powdered peanut butter.

If you’re not familiar with powdered peanut butter, it’s just a partially defatted version of peanut butter and is made by lots of brands, like PB2 and PBFit. Even when peanut butter is relatively picked over on the store shelves, I still often find a few jars of powdered peanut butter.

I’ve made this recipe with smooth, no-stir almond butter and it works great, but I don’t know of any powdered almond butter to use in place of powdered peanut butter. If you’re just having trouble getting your hands on powdered peanut butter but you have cocoa powder, I’d recommend using our recipe for flourless chocolate peanut butter muffins instead. That recipe has a slightly different balance of ingredients, and it’s best to follow that recipe and its ingredient substitution suggestions.

If you would like to try something tree nut-free, I’d again direct you to our recipe for chocolate peanut butter muffins. But I’m afraid I just don’t have enough experience with SunButter or Wowbutter to confidently offer guidance in using them in that recipe.

Eggs: There are 3 eggs in this recipe, which is really at least one too many eggs to recommend replacing each with a “chia egg” (1 tablespoon ground white chia seeds + 1 tablespoon lukewarm water, mixed and allowed to gel). However, if you’d like to try, please first scale the recipe back down to call for only 2 eggs.

You could either bake 9 large muffins with these ingredients or 12 smaller ones (just reduce the baking time by a few minutes). The ingredients for the scaled-down recipe would be as follows:

  • 1 cup (256 g) smooth, no-stir peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup (190 g) smooth applesauce
  • 2 eggs (100 g, weighed out of shell)
  • 5 tablespoons (105 g) honey
  • 1/3 cup (35 g) powdered peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ounce miniature dark chocolate chips (optional)

Applesauce: The original recipe from which I adapted this one calls for bananas. For this recipe, which doesn’t contain the strong flavor and aroma of cocoa powder, I didn’t want the competing flavor of bananas.

But if you don’t have applesauce, or just would like a peanut butter banana flavor in these muffins you can try using 300 grams of ripe bananas (about 3 large bananas, peeled and mashed) instead of the applesauce. Reduce the honey by 1 tablespoon to 6, as well.

Honey: Instead of honey, you can try using Lyle’s Golden Syrup, light corn syrup, or agave nectar. I don’t recommend using maple syrup, which is much thinner than honey.

 

These easy flourless peanut butter muffins are tender and flavorful, are made with absolutely no flour, no dairy, and no banana. A true pantry recipe, made with just what you have on hand!

These easy flourless peanut butter muffins are tender and flavorful, are made with absolutely no flour, no dairy, and no banana. A true pantry recipe, made with just what you have on hand!

Like this recipe?

Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups (384 g) smooth, no-stir smooth peanut butter

1 cup + 2 tablespoons (280 g) smooth applesauce

3 eggs (150 g, weighed out of shell) at room temperature, beaten

1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons (147 g) honey

1/2 cup (52 g) powdered peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 ounces miniature dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line the wells of a standard 12-cup muffin tin and set it aside.

  • In a large bowl, place the peanut butter, applesauce, eggs, and honey, and beat with a handheld mixer until very well-combined. Add the powdered peanut butter, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and mix with a spatula until just combined. Beat the mixture again with a handheld mixer until very well-combined. The batter should be thick but soft and as smooth as possible.

  • Divide the batter evenly among the prepared wells of the muffin tin, and shake the tin back and forth or spread the top of the batter to distribute it in an even layer in each well. Sprinkle the optional miniature chocolate chips evenly on top of the batter in each well.

  • Place the tin in the center of the preheated oven and bake until the tops of the muffins are puffed and spring back and feel relatively firm when pressed gently in the center (about 25 minutes). The edges and very bottom of the muffins may darken a bit too much, but it doesn’t affect the taste. Remove the tin from the oven and allow the muffins cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. They freeze exceptionally well when placed in a well-sealed freezer-safe container. Defrost at room temperature or in the microwave.

Much love,
Nicole

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  • Erin
    May 16, 2020 at 4:12 PM

    These are delicious. I got 18 muffins. I used the all-natural, runny peanut butter; 244 grams of quite a watery applesauce; and maple syrup instead of honey. Done in 25 minutes. Add jam or jelly and you’ve got pb&j!

  • Megan
    April 30, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Muffins turned out great ! Both kids and husband loved them! My daughter is starting her 8 th grade distance cooking class next week , and I think this is a great recipe for her to make on her own to show the class!

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 30, 2020 at 10:27 AM

      Oh my gosh Megan that’s really so lovely to hear, that your daughter may make the recipe to show her class. And well done by her school that they have a distance learning cooking class!

  • Jay
    April 16, 2020 at 10:00 PM

    Has anyone calculated the calories per muffin?

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 17, 2020 at 8:25 AM

      Feel free to plug the few ingredients into an online nutrition calculator, Jay. I like sparkpeople.

  • Sua
    April 13, 2020 at 6:01 PM

    Now a days there are lots of bread maker machines in the market with GF options. Do you recommend any of these ?

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 14, 2020 at 9:00 AM

      I don’t use or recommend use of a bread machine, no, Sua. They vary very significantly from brand to brand, so one set of instructions is never sufficient, produce one, odd-shaped loaf and are really unnecessary.

  • Julie
    April 12, 2020 at 6:11 PM

    These look great! 99% of the time, I only have chunky PB. Other than the obvious textural difference, can you think of a reason it wouldn’t work? Thanks!

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 12, 2020 at 6:19 PM

      I’m honestly not sure, Julie! The additional texture would be fine, but I wonder about the fact that the chunks take the place of some actual nut butter, so the ratio will be a bit off. It shouldn’t matter that much? Maybe try scaling each of the ingredients in the recipe down to 33% and make only 4 muffins, in case it doesn’t work. Whenever I’m recipe testing, I try to make batches that are as small as possible so there’s less waste.

  • Margaret Robertson
    April 12, 2020 at 2:23 PM

    What is powdered peanut butter.

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 12, 2020 at 2:40 PM

      Please see the Ingredients and substitutions section, Margaret.

  • Doris Townsend
    April 10, 2020 at 10:51 PM

    I made these according to the recipe.. delicious! I have found a new breakfast muffin! Mm good

  • Jackie Hannahs
    April 10, 2020 at 12:56 PM

    Is there a substitute for the powdered peanut butter? Thanks

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 10, 2020 at 1:08 PM

      Please see the ingredients and substitutions sections, under “peanut butter,” Jackie.

  • Chris
    April 10, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Wow, these turned out really well! I added some vanilla and an egg. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 10, 2020 at 12:26 PM

      Well that was fast, Chris! Four eggs? I hope they didn’t turn out “eggy.” Or maybe I’m just overly sensitive to that…

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