The BEST Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe. Easy & Delicious!

by | Jun 12, 2020 | Food, Latest | 23 comments

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This is the very best gluten-free banana bread recipe I’ve tried, and I’ve worked hard to get it as close to my version of perfection as I can.

It’s so difficult to find decent gluten-free recipes that taste good. Particularly for gluten-free cake and bread recipes. More often than not, the recipes you find taste weird, don’t come out at all like the pictures demonstrate, or just plain don’t work. But, as part of my healthy, tasty, goodness groove, I’ve managed to make an easy gluten-free banana bread recipe that is beyond delicious and does not, in any way, taste gluten-free.

If you give this to any of the gluten gobblers in your life, they will never know the difference!

Packed full of bananas, fruit, and nuts, this moist gluten-free banana bread tastes divine and packs a powerful protein punch, too. Follow this recipe and you’ll get a beautifully risen, reasonably health gluten-free banana bread that is wonderful hot or cold and will keep for days. As an added bonus, it freezes well, too.

It’s one of those recipes that’s great for using up whatever you’ve got lurking in the cupboard. Plus, how many of us have very ripe bananas hiding in the kitchen that we’ve forgotten about? Well, this recipe is ideal for using them up. Those squishy, ridiculously banana-ry bananas give this bread a big flavor boost.

best gluten-free banana bread recipe

How to Make Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Gluten-free banana bread requires no fancy techniques or tools. The only equipment you need is two mixing bowls, scales or measuring cups, a wooden or silicone spoon, a mixer, and a (preferably) silicone tin. 

Beat the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy, then add the eggs slowly. It’s best to put the eggs in a cup and beat them with a fork, then slowly drizzle into the butter/sugar mixture as you beat it. This stops the eggs curdling or the mixture separating.

Once you’ve worked in the eggs, you need to add the mashed banana and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, xanthan gum, spices, salt, and baking powder thoroughly so that everything is evenly dispersed. Then add the wet ingredients and beat together.

Next comes your fruit, nuts, chocolate, or whatever else you’ve decided to add. But don’t beat the mixture at this point or you’ll knock the air out and won’t get a good rise. Instead, fold these ingredients in gently.

The banana bread mixture then goes into the prepared loaf tin and into the oven for around an hour. Once it’s cooked, you’ll see a beautiful crack/split running along the top of the loaf, the loaf will have a nice golden-brown crust, and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. 

Once it’s cool, turn it out and enjoy with butter and maybe a little jam – maybe even this lovely no sugar, no pectin blackberry jam.

Simple Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe Variations

This gluten-free banana nut bread recipe is really easy to switch up to suit your mood and flavor preferences. 

To give it a real sense of Fall and to make it egg-free, gluten-free banana bread, replace the eggs with half a cup of applesauce and add an extra teaspoon of cinnamon, two teaspoons of ginger, half a teaspoon of nutmeg, and a quarter teaspoon of cloves.

To get an interesting texture and a nutty, subtle coconut flavor, I make this recipe with a blend of coconut flour, rice flour, and tapioca starch. However, if you haven’t developed your own favorite blend yet, it’s perfectly acceptable to play it safe and use a high-quality gluten-free flour blend like gf Jules, Bob’s Red Mill, or King Arthur.

Make the recipe a little “naughty” by throwing in a couple of handfuls of premium dark chocolate chips – they go SO well with the bananas and nuts.

best gluten-free banana bread recipe

Yield: 8 slices

Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

gluten-free banana bread recipe


Hearty, moist gluten-free banana bread, packed full of flavor and protein. It's insanely easy to make and nobody will ever guess it's gluten-free. Perfect for packed lunches, lazy afternoons, picnics, or a mid-morning snack.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Total Time
1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 oz (125g) butter
  • 4 oz (125g) coconut sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 3 large bananas (the riper, the better)
  • 7 1/2 oz (225g) of your favorite gluten-free flour blend — I make my own blend but you can use a ready-mixed flour blend like GF Jules.
  • 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp guar gum or xantham gum
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 4 oz (100g) dried cranberries and sultanas
  • 2 oz (50g) mixed chopped nuts
  • 1 tsp high-quality vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C) or fan 320F (160C).
  2. Line a 2lb (1kg) loaf tin with baking parchment, then lightly grease the parchment.
  3. Beat together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs slowly, one at a time, beating until well-combined. Add vanilla and mashed banana.
  4. Mix flour, guar/xanthan gum, spices, salt, and baking powder thoroughly, then add to the wet ingredients and beat to combine. 
  5. Fold in the nuts and dried fruit
  6. Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin and place in the oven for 60 minutes, until golden brown, with a nice crust.
  7. A skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean and, because oven temps vary so much, you might need to adjust the timing a little. 
  8. Once baked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn the loaf out onto a cooling rack.
  9. Cut into nice chunky slices and serve with butter.

Notes

For an added flavor punch, soak the fruit in orange juice overnight before making your bread

If you find the top is browning too quickly, cover it with loosely with foil and remove for the last 5-10 minutes

This loaf stays moist and, like all good banana bread, it is a little wetter than regular bread and cake. It does, however, dry out a little as it cools.

To turn this into a vegan gluten-free banana bread recipe, simply switch the butter for coconut oil and switch the eggs for a half cup of vegan yogurt.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 297Unsaturated Fat: 0g

Don’t fancy banana bread? Try one of our other 200 gluten-free recipes!

Please do let me know what you think of my banana bread recipe, any tweaks you made, and send us your pics!

FAQs

How many calories are in gluten-free banana bread?

The number of calories in a serving of gluten-free banana bread depends on the size of your serving, what flours you use, and what extras you include. This easy gluten-free banana bread recipe has roughly 272 calories per serving, if you slice the loaf into 8 pieces. However, that is a very large serving, so you can easily reduce the calorie count by reducing the size of the slice you cut.

Do you need baking powder with gluten-free flour?

It depends. If you’re using a self-rising flour blend that already contains baking powder, then no. If you’re using an all-purpose blend or making your own blend, if the recipe calls for baking powder, then yes, you need it. Just make sure to buy a gluten-free variety.

Are bananas gluten-free?

Yes. Like all fresh, natural fruits and vegetables, bananas are gluten-free. However, if they’ve been processed in any way – dried, preserved, used as part of a recipe, and so on – it’s alarmingly common for bananas and other fruits and vegetables to have had some kind of gluten added – maybe as a thickener, a cheap bulking agent, or as a flavor enhancer.

How do you make gluten-free flour from scratch for banana bread?

For this recipe, I use a special blend with coconut flour for extra flavor.

1 cup coconut flour

1 cup rice flour

1 cup oat flour

2 cups tapioca starch

Katy Willis

Written by Katy Willis

Katy is a life-long homesteader and home herbalist. She is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. She's been writing and editing professionally for over a decade, and she's been living green her entire life. She firmly believes that every small green change we make has a huge impact. Making greener choices is better for your bank balance, your health, and the planet.

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23 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I have some bananas that have just “gone bread.”
    This looks fantastic.
    I’m going to make this tonight.

    Reply
    • Katy Willis

      It’s delicious – everyone that tries it seems to love it. And it’s forgiving enough that you can get away with playing with the spices, nuts, fruit, and other additions so you can make it your own. Also, if you’re not gluten-free, just use regular flour and leave out the xantham gum. Happy baking! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Shai Habon

    Wow! I’m such a fan of anything that’s banana and this gluten-free banana cake recipe is definitely a must-try! I also love the moist and the colors of the bread! Definitely bookmarking this for future reference 🙂

    Reply
    • Katy Willis

      I’m glad you like the look of it. This recipe is super easy, insanely tasty, and gluten-free. You can’t go wrong! Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Johna

    Looks like a great recipe! Will definitely try this out 😀

    Reply
    • Katy Willis

      It’s really tasty. Don’t forget to let me know what you think.

      Reply
  4. Claire Santiago

    I always bake banana cake, but I never tried banana bread. This is one recipe I must try as this looks a lot healthier. But I wonder where can i easily find gluten-free flour from our place. This is the first time I heard about gluten-free bread, most of the breads sold in the nearby supermarkets are sugar-free or transfat free.

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    • Katy Willis

      Where are you from, Claire? If you can’t find gluten-free flour blends in your local supermarkets, you can get it from Amazon or an online health food store.

      Reply
  5. Irma

    Believe me or not but I have never tried banana bread. But it does look nice so I am going to try it. It should not be very difficult to prepare it. At least I hope so, but I will let you know how did everything end.

    Reply
    • Katy Willis

      I hope you love it! Serve it hot or cold spread with a little butter and let me know what you think 🙂

      Reply
  6. mariaisquixotic

    My mom has been making some banana bread for almost a year now. She sends some to me as we’re away since I’m in the city and she’s in the province. I’m not that sure if what she makes is gluten-free. However, this recipe would surely make her smile since she’s been searching for gluten-free recipes! Though I’m not a fan of nuts and fruits in the bread, it certainly looks yummy!

    Reply
    • Katy Willis

      Well, you can certainly leave the fruits and nuts out if you’re not a fan. I’m sure your mom is fabulous enough to be able to tweak this recipe to her liking. Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

      Reply
  7. Sriparna

    Okay, I am a huge fan of banana; Banana walnut cake, Banana brownie, Banana Cookies and also Banana Bread! But I am such a bad baker 🙁
    I just can not make it, or bake it; please send me some 🙂

    Reply
    • Katy Willis

      Try this recipe – it’s really easy – and packed full of goodness, too. You can, without doubt, make this recipe yourself. Just make sure you line the loaf tin and pre-heat the oven. And – as an extra tip – don’t open the oven during the baking process – if you do, you’ll let out all the hot air and your loaf will sink. Go on, give it a try, and send me a picture of the result! 🙂

      Reply
  8. Meera

    I love Banana cake. I haven’t baked a bread. But this bread seems so yum. It looks moist and tempting to have a slice. Since, it is glutton free, it is a treat to many. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. 🙂

    Reply
    • Katy Willis

      Thank you. I promise, it really is delicious — and it stays moist, too. Give it a try! You can always use regular flour and no guar/xantham gum if you don’t want to go the gluten-free route. It works just as well. 🙂

      Reply
  9. EG III

    This bread looks absolutely and amazing and the bonus flavor tip of soaking the bread in Orange juice is golden. I’ve never even considered that but I’ll have to give it a try in the very near future!

    Reply
    • Katy Willis

      It’s really delicious. It doesn’t last five minutes in our house. Even the gluten gobblers adore this cake/bread. Let me know if you enjoy it when you bake it!

      Reply
  10. Carola

    A colleague made banana bread a while ago. She shared some at work and it was really nice. I have never made it myself. But it stayed in my thoughts ever since I’ve tried it. This looks like a great recipe for me to try out! Very handy that it’s easy to freeze as well.

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  11. amandablogs

    This will come in handy! My uncle is celiac and I often find it hard to find nice treats for him when he comes for dinner. The gluten free cakes in the shops are just horrid. They taste funny and are usually really dry. Your cake looks so moist. Can’t wait to try it!

    Reply
    • Katy Willis

      You’d never guess this was gluten-free. And yes, the shop-bought cakes either taste really weird or they’re so dry they’re hard to swallow. Or sometimes both. Which is always delightful. Hence I always make my own. You’ll have to let me know what you (and your uncle) think of this when you try it. 🙂

      Reply
  12. Nathalie

    This sounds yummy indeed! I make banana bread too (not gluten-free though) but it’s usually just plain banana bread. The addition of fruits and nuts are a great idea. I might try it next time I bake one. Thanks for sharing your recipe! ☺

    Reply

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