Lentil Banana Muffins

Hi Friends!

Several weeks ago, I made these Lentil Banana Muffins and I never got around to sharing them with you. I photographed them and everything! Then I lost the recipe. That’s what happens when you write recipes on little scraps of paper. Good news is I found the recipe and I’m ready to share it with you today!

Did you know you can bake with lentils? I bet you wouldn't even know they're in these Lentil Banana Muffins. An easy way to boost your fiber intake!

You may be thinking that these sound pretty gross, but I promise you don’t taste the lentils. If I’ve learned one thing about bananas it’s that they do a great job covering the taste of other things. So this is an easy way to boost the fiber and protein content of your muffins.

Ready for your directions? Here’s what you do:

Serves 8

Lentil Banana Muffins

The lentils in this recipe are like breakfast ninjas: other than the extra protein and fiber they'll add to your muffins, you won't even know that they're there!

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Lentil Banana Muffins


1/2 c lentil puree
1/2 c mashed bananas
1 egg white
1/4 c applesauce
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1/4 c sugar
2/3 c oats
2/3 c white whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Make the lentil puree. For every 1 cup cooked lentils you put in a food processor, add 1/4 c water. Puree until smooth. Add an extra 1-2 Tbsp of water if necessary to get the right consistency.
  2. In a bowl, combine the lentil puree, mashed banana, egg white, applesauce, peanut butter, vanilla & sugar and mix well.
  3. Stir in the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and stir until just combined.
  4. Scoop into greased muffin tins and bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

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This recipe only makes about 8 lentil banana muffins. I wasn’t totally sure how these would turn out so I didn’t want to make a huge batch. You could double the recipe if you want more muffins.

Let’s chat: Have you ever baked with lentils?



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. I may be in the minority, but the lentils don’t bother me at all. I think it is a great way to add healthy protein to your recipe.
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  2. Dooood… this is a #strangebutgood if I ever saw one!!! I love this idea – lentils are a great way yo add protein – I bet these muffins will keep you full for a while!

    P.S. So glad I’m not the only one that misplaces my recipe scraps… 😉
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  3. I tried samples of lentil muffins at the Food and Nutrition Expo this year and was impressed. Thanks for posting your recipe – glad you found it!
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  4. Nice! I’ve put lentils just about in everything but never muffins. Lentil granola is one of my favorite nontraditional ways. Wish I would have saw this recipe yesterday – I made coconut banana bread but would have loved to try this. Next time!
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  5. I forgot you shared a photo of these and I was looking forward to the recipe! I don’t mind trying ‘weird’ things like lentils (or black beans!) in my sweets. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
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  6. So….let me get this straight. I would have to take a BEANO with these muffins?! lol. Interesting. Where do you come up with these Lindsay?! I love it!
    The Candid RD recently posted..Shrimp Patties With Pomegranate Salsa

  7. Yummmmmmmmmmmmers!

  8. I’ve only added lentils in my crockpot dishes – this looks like a recipe I could handle I’m gonna try it!
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  9. These look yummy! I always end up with extra lentils after I make sloppy joes. Can’t wait to try these!
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  10. great idea!!! I think lentils would make them more dense and hearty but not taste bad. Brilliant Linz, as usual.
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  11. Confession: I’ve never cooked with lentils. Going to have to try these!
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  12. Can I add a sugar substitute such as Splenda instead of sugar to make this more diabetic friendly?

    • i’d imagine you could…however, i don’t have any experience cooking with splenda so i probably won’t be much help. but since there’s not very much added sugar to begin with it should work if you just leave out the sugar and add a little splenda. like i said, i left the sugar out of mine completely and they were still good.

  13. wow, what an interesting recipe!! I would totally eat one of these, I can see how the lentils just fall into the background, especially with the banana flavor. I love muffins that you don’t feel bad about eating :)
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  14. After trying your chickpea cookie dough, I’m not afraid of strange sounding concoctions anymore!
    Thanks for sharing Lindsay!
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  15. I have definitely never thought about adding lentils to muffins before! But muffins are one of my favorite things to experiment with.. so I may have to give that at try! :)
    Alysia @ Slim Sanity recently posted..cranberry & white balsamic quinoa

  16. Never thought about using lentils to bake with. Pretty cool! I’ll have to try this out.
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  17. I’ve never considered putting lentils into baked goods but I love this idea!! You’re right that bananas cover up the taste of all kinds of things :) yum!
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  18. I do the same thing with my recipes!! This is such a great combo of flavors- I’m really curious to try it! Thanks, Lindsay!
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  19. Not gonna lie….I NEVER would have thought to use the lentils like that, but now I want to! Great idea :)
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  20. These look SO good!! I might have to let some bananas sit around a little longer so I can make these!
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  21. Lentils in a muffin?? Never would have thought of that! Brilliant!

  22. These look incredible!! Can’t wait to try them!

  23. I love how little sugar you need when cooking with bananas! I’ve never baked with lentils, but these sound great :)
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