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Flourless Chickpea Banana Bread (Gluten-Free)

Flourless chickpea banana bread made with – you guessed it – chickpeas instead of flour!

Simply blend the ingredients in a blender for a fluffy, dense, flavorful and delicious banana bread that is grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free and healthy!

Flourless Chickpea Banana Bread - gluten-free chocolate chip banana bread made using garbanzo beans

You knew this was coming, didn’t ya?

It was only a matter of time…

If you’ve been around The Roasted Root a while, you know I have a tendency to make sweet treats using chickpeas or black beans. 

On this week’s edition of bean-infused deliciousness, we’re baking banana bread! No need for flour of any kind! All you need is a can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), and you have a solid foundation for bean bliss.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Garbanzo Bean Banana Bread - flourless banana bread made with chickpeas - refined sugar-free, dairy-free

Highlight Reel:

  • Gluten-free, grain-free, flourless
  • Dairy-free
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Lower in fat and sugar than regular banana bread
  • Fun and easy to prepare with minimal cleanup

Chickpea Banana Bread - flourless gluten-free banana bread recipe made with garbanzo beans

 

Let’s discuss the details behind this bread.

Ingredients for Chickpea Banana Bread:

Garbanzo Beans (aka chickpeas): The base of the banana bread! Garbanzo beans take the place of flour in this recipe – you’ll need 1 can of garbanzo beans

Ripe Bananas: The banana portion of the banana bread 😉 Make sure you use very ripe bananas with a lot of brown spots for the best results. The browner they are, the sweeter they will make the bread! You need ⅔ cup of mashed ripe banana, which should be 2 medium ripe bananas.

Eggs: Eggs help fluff up the bread and hold it together. I haven’t tested the recipe using an egg replacer yet, but I imagine aquafaba eggs would work. Flax eggs will make the bread very dense.

Coconut Sugar: In addition to the ripe bananas, we sweeten the bread with coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index than regular sugar, making the bread a better option for those who are trying to keep their blood sugar under control. If you don’t have coconut sugar on hand, you can use granulated cane sugar or brown sugar.

Baking Powder, Baking Soda & Cider Vinegar: The leavening agents! The combination of baking powder, baking soda, and vinegar helps leaven the bread. If you don’t have cider vinegar, use lemon juice, lime juice, rice vinegar or any type of edible acidic fluid.

Sea Salt: The flavor enhancer! Sea salt makes the bread taste sweeter without having to add more sugar. It also gives the bread rich, well-rounded flavor.

Chocolate Chips: Because we love studding everything with chocolate, we toss in some chocolate chips. These are optional, but always recommended.

Optional Add Ins: You can add ½ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans if you enjoy banana nut bread. 

Chocolate Chip Gluten-Free Banana Bread made with garbanzo beans! An easy flourless healthy banana bread recipe - refined sugar-free, dairy-free

 

Now that we have the ingredients down, let’s bake the bread!

How to Make Chickpea Banana Bread:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9” x 5” loaf pan with parchment paper.

Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans in a colander. Pat them dry using a paper towel – it’s okay if the beans are a little wet, but try to get them as dry as possible.

How to Make Chickpea Banana Bread

Add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a blender and blend until smooth.

How to make garbanzo bean banana bread in a blender

Add the chocolate chips to the batter and stir in until combined.

How to make garbanzo bean banana bread in a blender

Transfer the banana bread batter to the parchment-lined loaf pan and bake on the center rack of the oven 40 to 50 minutes. I bake mine for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and allow the loaf to sit another 5 minutes in the hot oven.

Remove the loaf from the oven and allow it to cool at least 1 hour before slicing and serving.

Flourless Garbanzo Bean Banana Bread - gluten-free banana bread made refined sugar-free, dairy-free with chickpeas!

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Chickpea Banana Bread - flourless gluten-free banana bread recipe made with garbanzo beans

Flourless Chickpea Banana Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Gluten-free chocolate chip banana bread made flourless with chickpeas!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9” x 5” loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans in a colander and pat them dry using a paper towel (try to get as much water off as possible, but it's fine if they're a little moist).
  3. Add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Add the chocolate chips to the batter and stir in until combined.
  5. Transfer the banana bread batter to the parchment-lined loaf pan and bake on the center rack of the oven 40 to 50 minutes. I bake mine for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and allow the loaf to sit another 5 minutes in the hot oven.
  6. Remove the loaf from the oven and allow it to cool at least 1 hour before slicing and serving.

Notes

Note: Add 1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour for an even fluffier banana bread.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 of 12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 6gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 19gProtein: 5g

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LISA

Thursday 25th of March 2021

Hi just wondering how does the bread taste like?it looks dry from the photo

Lisa

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

If I do not have baking soda is it ok to just opt that out?

Julia

Saturday 27th of March 2021

Hi Lisa,

It's actually super moist! It tastes very strongly of banana :) Hope you love it!

Morgan

Thursday 12th of November 2020

Have you tried an egg substitute (like flax) for this recipe?

Priyanka Kalra

Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Hi I was going to try this out , can I use brown sugar instead of coconut sugar ?

Julia

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

Hi Priyanka! Yes, absolutely! Brown sugar works great as a 1:1 replacement for coconut sugar. Hope you love the bread! :D

Yvette Payne

Monday 28th of September 2020

Hi I'm allergic to gluten soy and nuts. What are the options I can use?

Teresa

Monday 28th of September 2020

Hi Would it be even healthier to used stevia ? Would love to know your thoughts

Also, how would almond meal make it fluffier ? Won’t it make it more dense ?

Julia

Monday 28th of September 2020

Hi Teresa,

Yes, you can use Stevia to sweeten the bread instead of coconut sugar. In my experience, adding a flour like almond flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour helps to bind a bean-based bread and makes it more fluffy. It you're concerned about it getting too dense, you can leave the flour out ;)

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