7 Easy One-Bowl Baking Recipes - Real Food Whole Life

7 Easy One-Bowl Baking Recipes

December 8, 2020 (Updated on August 13, 2021)

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If you’re looking for delicious and easy one bowl baking recipes, you’re in the right place! We all know what it’s like to want to enjoy our favorite sweet treats, but not have the time or energy to bother with too many steps & ingredients.

So here’s 7 easy baking recipes to help you satisfy your sweet tooth anytime!

muffins with bowls full of batter and banana bread on white table plus a pink background with navy text

I don’t know about you but stress-baking is definitely a thing this year.

Whether you’re baking to satisfy your sweet tooth or (like me) to sneak a little feel good moment into your day, I think we can all agree that one-bowl baking is a very big “small joy”. Bonus points if the recipes happen to be gluten-free & dairy-free so everyone in my family can enjoy them.

less steps. simple ingredients. quick clean-up.

That’s the kind of fuss-free baking I’m after these days, and I have a hunch you might be too.

To get you inspired, I’ve gathered a few of my all-time favorites here for you in this post. Like my favorite one-bowl muffin recipes plus some easy quick-breads, brownies, cookies, and cakes too.

Many of these recipes double as excellent make-ahead breakfasts or quick snack ideas. Perfect for those busy weeks!

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Gluten free and dairy free desserts don’t have to be complicated to be delicious.

These recipes all have simple, quick prep steps. And use simple, real food ingredients that are easy to find in the store or online.

I’ve added easy adaptations and tips to each recipe, like ingredient swaps and ideas for how to make them kid-friendly.

I hope you’ll make these soon. If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see. Now let’s start making some easy one-bowl baking recipes!

easy one bowl recipes

Made with simple ingredients and mixed in one bowl (for minimal clean-up!), this chocolate chip banana bread is gluten free and uses oat flour. The result? Fluffy and perfectly moist one-bowl banana bread!

Love banana bread? These Blender Maple Banana Flourless Muffins are another reader favorite.

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Simple to make in just one-bowl, Flourless Double Chocolate Peppermint Muffins are an amazing paleo, grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free treat. Perfect for holiday or anytime!

If you love easy baking recipes, I rounded up all my best one-bowl healthy muffin recipes for you in one post!

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Naturally gluten free, these almond flour brownies are rich, fudgy and satisfying.Mixed in just one bowl, they are easy to prepare and so delicious!

Another must-try for chocolate-lovers is this recipe for double chocolate banana breakfast muffins. They're always a hit!

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A one-bowl, make-ahead wonder, One-Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies are easy to make and perfect for a quick breakfast or snack. Naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and dairy-free, too!

Ingredients: pumpkin puree, oats, oat flour, dairy-free chocolate chips, ground flaxseed, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, maple syrup, pumpkin seeds, melted coconut oil and baking powder.

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Tender, lightly sweet, and scented with warm vanilla and honey, One-Bowl Honey Vanilla Cornmeal Cake comes together in just one bowl and is perfect as a side dish or simple dessert.

Want to make these as muffins instead? Try my recipe for one-bowl cornbread muffins, they bake in half the time.

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One-Bowl Golden Glow Turmeric Flourless Muffins are packed with nourishing ingredients, like anti-inflammatory turmeric, and make a naturally sweet and healthy breakfast or snack anytime! Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free and naturally sweetened.

Get even more golden glow goodness with these no-bake chocolate covered golden glow bites.

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Perfectly tender and slightly sweet, One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread comes together in just one bowl and is naturally gluten- and dairy-free. A delightful treat for breakfast, snack or dessert.

Looking for a chocolate version? The batter for these flourless double chocolate zucchini muffins can be used for zucchini bread too!

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5 from 1 vote

7 Easy 1-Bowl Baking Recipes: 1-Bowl Zucchini Bread

Yield 8 -10 slices
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Perfectly tender and slightly sweet, One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread comes together in just one bowl and is naturally gluten- and dairy-free. Plus 6 more no-fuss one-bowl baking recipes I know you'll love


  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil plus more for greasing the pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup unsweetened applesauce
  • cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup oat flour*
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup loosely packed grated zucchini from about 1 small zucchini
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips plus more for topping**


  • Heat the oven to 350F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, eggs, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the oat flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir gently until just incorporated. Add the zucchini and stir again until just combined.
  • Add in the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  • Pour the batter into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the edges begin to pull away from the sides and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack prior to slicing.


This batter can also be used to make 12 standard sized muffins. Fill each muffin tin section with roughly ¼ cup batter, then bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges begin to pull away from the sides and a toothpick comes out clean.
*Make your own oat flour for this recipe by placing 1 ½ cups whole rolled oats in a blender and blending until a coarse flour forms. You can also purchase pre-made oat flour at many grocery stores and natural food markets or online.
If you are gluten-free be sure to buy oats that are specifically labeled gluten-free.
**Most chocolate chips include dairy. Be sure to use dairy-free if that’s important to you. I like Enjoy Life brand.
Peel the zucchini if you want it to avoid green flecks in the bread.
Swap raisins for chocolate chips to make this recipe completely refined sugar free.
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2 comments to " 7 Easy One-Bowl Baking Recipes "

  • Terri

    5 stars
    Love that this recipe calls for ingredients that I already have in my house! We’ve made this numerous times both as a loaf and muffins. Be sure that you press the extra liquid out if your zucchini for best results.

    • Robyn Downs

      Yay, so glad you enjoyed this one Terri, love those pantry staple recipes! Thanks for the reminder and tip on the importance of squeezing excess liquid from the zucchini, too!

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