Amy’s Banana Oat Muffins + a Giveaway

Amy is the author of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, a blog dedicated to gluten and sugar free living. She recently debuted her first cookbook titled Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less. I have followed along Amy’s blog for some time now, and I’m always impressed with the recipes she comes up with. They can be simple but full of flavor, elegant and certainly crowd-pleasing. We were thrilled when Amy announced that she was writing her first cookbook.

This cookbook is full of easy recipes that you can make quickly, 20 minutes or less actually. Quick and easy recipes, that is what I like to hear. Sometimes you just want to whip up something fast; so you can relax with your family or go about your day. With Amy’s help…now you can whip up a meal, dessert or baked good in that amount of time, and it will always come out tasting fantastic. Thank you Amy for everything you do for the gluten-free community. You’re an inspiration.

Amy’s Banana Oat Muffins

Reprinted with permission from the author

Makes 12 muffins


  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups Basic Flour Blend (page 212 in book, website)
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted, or canola oil


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a standard 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray or line with cupcake papers. Combine the milk and oats in a medium bowl. In another bowl, mash the banana with a fork, leaving some chunks. Whisk the agave, eggs, and vanilla into the mashed banana. Stir the banana into the oats and set aside to soak.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour blend, baking powder, cinnamon, xanthan gum, salt and nutmeg. Whisk the butter or oil into the wet ingredients, then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.

Use a spring-release ice cream scoop to divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes in the tin. Remove them from the tin and transfer to a wire rack lined with a paper towel to cool completely. Store in an airtight container, or wrap individually with plastic wrap and freeze.

My notes:

My sister had my muffin tins the day I decided to test this recipe, so I decided to prepare the batter as directed (except using almond milk instead of cow’s milk, and canola oil instead of butter) in a cake pan. I then sliced the finished product into squares, and it turned out perfectly. Very delicious recipe!

Some of my other favorites from Amy’s cookbook include:

  • Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
  • Chicken Posole Stew
  • Plum Quinoa Crumble
  • Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake

Cookbook Giveaway

Would you like to win a copy of Amy’s cookbook? I have one copy to giveaway. One randomly selected winner will be announced May, 25, 2011 at 4 p.m. CST. Winner will be contacted via email.


  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite quick and easy meal to make is.

For additional entries, complete 1 or more of the following:

  • Like ATX Gluten-Free on Facebook and leave a comment
  • Follow ATX Gluten-Free on Twitter and leave a comment
  • Like Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on Facebook and leave a comment
  • Follow Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on Twitter and leave a comment

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Ulysses Press sent me a free copy to give away to one of my readers. This does not effect my review and opinion about this cookbook. I still think it is a great and useful cookbook.

Giveaway closed: 12 p.m. CST on May 27, 2011

Winner of the Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free Cookbook is… #27 Deborah!

Deborah Austin says:

I loved the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos…

I will be contacting you via email, Deborah. Congrats on your win and thank you to everyone who participated. I have 3 more cookbook giveaways coming soon, and a huge giveaway from Beanitos. Stay tuned!



  1. Jessica C. says:

    My favorite quick and easy meal to make is spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread.


  2. My favorite quick and easy meal is sweet and sour shrimp with rice noodles. YUM!!! :)

  3. I “like” ATX on Facebook!

  4. I “like” Simply Sugar and Gluten Free on FB. :)

  5. susanna says:

    My fave quick and easy meal is quinoa with sauteed spinach, goat cheese, garlic and sundried tomatoes!!!


  6. My go-to quick meals right now are cubed and roasted sweet potatoes with a salad, or a fritatta with eggs and various veggies thrown in there – both are super quick and delicious!

  7. My quick and easy meal is definitely quesadillas! I use corn tortillas, leftover shredded meat, cheese and any veggies!

  8. I Liked ATX on FB!

  9. my fav is quinoa with avocados, oranges, jalepeno, and lime juice mixed with spices. So good and SO fast and easy!

  10. Denise Morse says:

    My favorite quick meal is these egg cups like omelets in muffin tins. Very yummy and easy

  11. Denise Morse says:

    I like ATX gluten free on facebook

  12. Denise Morse says:

    I follow ATX gluten free on twitter

  13. Denise Morse says:

    I like Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on facebook

  14. Denise Morse says:

    I follow Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on twitter @denimorse

  15. First of all, you and Amy rock. I made a muffin recipe of hers last night and it is SUPER yum! Would love to have more at my disposal (especially since a gluten-free + sugar-free diet is a necessity for me).
    My favorite easy go-to meal right now is to throw a lot of health into a rice cooker: brown rice, and in the steamer part I put fresh Atlantic salmon with veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, onions, + carrots. I top off with a bit of Bragg’s Amino Acids and I’m a happy girl :)

  16. Katherine says:

    I love making salads as a meal: just throw it all together

  17. I like Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on facebook

  18. I like ATX gluten free on facebook

  19. My favorite recipe is stir fried veggies with chicken,GF soy sauce and ginger

  20. My quick and easy meal is skillet chicken enchiladas and greens.

  21. I “like” Simply Sugar and Gluten Free on face book.

  22. I “like” ATX Gluten-Free on Facebook.

  23. Tracey G says:

    Brown some beef, diced green pepper, through in some frozen veggies, canned black or white beans. Garlic, little Celtic Sea Salt, black pepper, oregano, any other seasoning that sounds good. I sort of Stir Fry it. Then I add some diced canned tomatoes. Sometimes I throw some “Veggie” cheese stuff to melt over the top. It’s my version of what my mom used to make – she called it Goulash. Yum! ! ! !

  24. My favorite easy & quick meal is definitely throwing a bunch of veggies in the wok with some ground turkey. Easy and delicious and always tastes different since I’m always buying new and different veggies at the market!

  25. stephanie says:

    My favorite easy, gf meal lately is lightly sauteed organic veggies from our local farm share with a splash of gf tamari sauce, add chopped mango or avocado and top with herbs from my garden.

  26. Heather says:

    I love that I am finding gluten and sugar free ideas! Can’t wait to try the brownies!

  27. Deborah Austin says:

    I loved the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos…

  28. Kristel England says:

    I like Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on facebook.

  29. Kristel England says:

    My favorite recipe on your site thus far (I’ve only tried 2), are the Whole Grain Belgian Waffles. I was a little leery about letting the batter sit out overnight, but they turned out delicious! Even my sweet toothed nine-year-old loves them with no syrup, just fresh sliced bananas on top! Thanks!

  30. Shelley Smith says:

    my favorite GF meal in a hurry is chicken pad Thai!

  31. My favorite breakfast is Chocolate Chex Cereal with milk. Fast and Gluten Free.

  32. Melissa Garland says:

    Favorite quick and easy meal: CSA veggies (whatever is in season) thrown in the wok with last night’s leftover meat and a little sesame oil and fish sauce. Serve over rice noodles or brown rice (I always keep cooked rice on hand for quick meals).

  33. Sarah W says:

    I like ATX gluten free on facebook


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