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Toasted Millet Banana Muffins (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Healthy toasted millet banana muffins made in one bowl! So delicious, they are vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free.

banana millet muffin in a metal muffin tin

These crunch-wonderful banana muffins are made with a nutritious, inexpensive, gluten-free alternative to nuts: millet.

What Makes these Millet Muffins so Healthy?

As banana muffins go, these are already pretty wonderful. In taste, most definitely, but also because they are:

  • Vegan (no eggs, no dairy)
  • Gluten-free
  • Nut-free
  • Naturally sweetened (banana and a bit of maple syrup)

But the addition of toasted millet makes them extra-nutritious.

a metal measuring cup filled to the brim with uncooked millet.

What is Millet?

Millet is naturally gluten-free, rich in B vitamins (especially niacin, B6, and folacin) and offers calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.

Here’s more good news: one half cup (cooked) serving has 11 grams of protein. Wowzers! You can buy it in bags, or in bulk at health food and natural grocery stores.

Use Millet as a Nut Substitute in Baked Goods

Millet can be used to make porridge and polenta, but I learned to love it most in graduate school, as a frugal alternative to nuts in some of my favorite baked goods.  You can use it raw, but if you want the flavor to shine, give it a quick toasting in the oven. Case in point these muffins.

Banana millet muffin on a blue and white plate, split opne and spread with vegan butter

How Do I Toast Millet?

Toasting millet is quick and easy.

Spread the raw, dry millet out in an even layer on rimmed baking sheet. Bake it in a preheated 350F oven for 8 to 10 minutes, stopping every three or four minutes to give it a careful shake.

The millet is toasted when it has a fragrant toasty smell and has darkened to a light golden brown.

Give these homey muffins a try, they are a perfect introduction to the goodness of millet!

banana millet muffins in a metal muffin tin

Happy baking!

More Vegan & GF Banana Baked Goods to Try:

Banana Flax & Almond Flour Mini Muffins (4 ingredients)

Vegan Chickpea Flour Banana Bread

Chocolate Chickpea Flour Banana Bread

Chickpea Flour Banana Cake

3-Ingredient Banana Flax Bars

5-Ingredient Vegan Banana Brownies

Banana Bread Waffles {grain-free, oil-free}


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banana millet muffin in a metal muffin tin

Toasted Millet Banana Muffins (Vegan, Gluten-Free}

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 12 muffin 1x


Healthy toasted millet banana muffins made in one bowl! So delicious, they are vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free.




  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 regular size muffin cups with paper or foil liners.
  2. Spread the millet out on a cookie sheet and bake 8 to 10 minutes. Every three or four minutes, take the sheet out and give it a careful shake (not too hard, or you’ll have millet all over your oven and floor–yes, I’m speaking from experience); this will ensure that every kernel of millet gets toasted. Set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Add the maple syrup, oil, banana, and vanilla, stirring until combined. Stir in the millet.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove muffins from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.


Storage: Store the cooled muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day, the refrigerator for 5 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months.

  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 173
  • Sugar: 6.8 g
  • Sodium: 183.5 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 4.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: millet, healthy banana muffins, banana, muffins, vegan, gluten-free, one bowl, easy, healthy

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