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The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

The BEST gluten-free banana bread recipe made with gluten-free flour blend and sweetened with coconut sugar. Add chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts to level up this already moist and fluffy dream bread.

The BEST Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe! Moist, fluffy, healthy banana bread made with gluten-free all-purpose flour and sweetened mostly with bananaConfession: I fancy myself a bit of a banana bread aficionado.

After posting my grain-free recipes for Paleo Banana Bread  using almond flour and Coconut Flour Paleo Banana Bread, I have since followed up the two with countless variations on grain-free banana bread. 

Just have a scroll through my Banana Bread  archives to feast your eye sockets on the possibilities.

The Paleo Carrot Cake Banana Bread is my personal favorite, followed closely by Paleo Cranberry Orange Bread

All that said, this is the very first gluten-free banana bread recipe I have posted on this site using a gluten-free flour blend.

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I simply use my favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour blend and sweeten the bread primarily with ripe bananas and a touch of coconut sugar.

Over the years, I have learned a couple of tricks to make the ultimate moist, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth delicious banana bread. Let us discuss!

Tips For Making THE BEST Moist Banana Bread:

My secret to making insanely moist and incredible banana bread is: LOTS of bananas.

Years and years ago, I discovered using more bananas makes banana bread incredibly moist and delicious.

Not to mention, naturally sweet. Rather than adding a lot of oil or butter, much of the moisture can come from the bananas themselves without sacrificing flavor, moisture, or fluff. 

If anything, the more bananas, the better 😉

Gluten-Free Banana Bread sweetened mostly with bananas and a touch of coconut sugar for a healthier banana bread recipe

For this reason, I usually use a cup and a half of mashed ripe banana in one loaf of banana bread, which usually equates to 4 ripe bananas. 

For my grain-free banana bread recipes, I don’t add any additional fat (oil or butter), as there is plenty sourced from the almond flour and coconut flour. 

Because gluten-free flour blends don’t contain as much fat as almond flour or coconut flour, I use a small amount of melted butter to give the loaf a bit of fat love. Coconut oil and avocado oil work too!

The massive amount of overripe bananas also enables you to cut down on the added sugar, which I see as a bonus.

For the grain-free banana bread recipes, I add a just a couple tablespoons of pure maple syrup or coconut sugar to boost the sweetness to absolute perfection. You can also use cane sugar or just stick with the mashed bananas for sweetness. 

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If you’re wondering what makes this recipe the best banana bread recipe, here are the main bullet points:

Recipe Highlights: 

ULTRA moist

Incredibly fluffy

Perfectly sweet

Delectably soft

Beautifully gooey (assuming you add the chocolate chips).

Easy to prepare

Let’s bake a loaf (or twelve)!

How to Make Gluten-Free Banana Bread:

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

Begin by mashing up the bananas in a mixing bowl until they reach desired consistency. I like leaving mine slightly chunky so that as the bread bakes, I get little pockets of rich banana flavor.

Mash the bananas and measure them out.

Whisk in the eggs, vanilla extract and cooled melted butter until well-combined (wet ingredients) in a large bowl.

Combine wet ingredients in a mixing bowl

In a separate bowl, Stir together the gluten-free flour, baking soda, sea salt, coconut sugar (or brown sugar), and cinnamon until combined (dry ingredients).

Stir together the dry ingredients for the banana bread

Pour the dry mixture into the mixing bowl with the wet mixture and stir until the batter is incorporated.

Pour the dry mixture into the bowl with the wet mixture

Pour the batter into the parchment-lined loaf pan and sprinkle with additional chocolate chips.

Stir until the batter is well combined

Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bread has risen substantially. Turn off the oven and allow it to sit in the warm oven an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

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Remove bread from the oven and let the bread cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

The end result is an amazingly moist and fluffy gluten free banana bread with the best texture and a great recipe to put on repeat any time you need a sweet treat.

Can I Make This Banana Bread Vegan?:

For a vegan banana bread recipe that is gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free, follow my Vegan Banana Bread Recipe, which uses a flax egg replacement. 

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Want to make muffins out of this recipe? Follow my recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins!
  • Replace the butter with ghee, avocado oil, or melted coconut oil.
  • If you bake using cane sugar, replace the coconut sugar with granulated cane sugar or brown sugar.
  • Looking for a banana bread that is lower in added sugar? Replace the coconut sugar with ½ cup sugar-free sweetener.
  • Add chopped walnuts or pecans to make banana nut bread.
  • Omit the chocolate chips.
  • Use regular flour instead of gf flour if you don’t need a gluten-free recipe.
  • Fashion up a streusel topping to give the bread a bit of a coffee cake essence.

What Type of Gluten-Free Flour Should I Use?:

I always use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, but I have also heard King Arthur Gluten-Free Measure For Measure Flour blend is magnificent as well.

While I don’t have experience with the King Arthur blend, I’ve heard enough magnificent feedback over the years to safely recommend it. If you try this recipe using a different blend, please do share in the comments below and let us all know how it turns out! 

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Store any leftovers on the counter top covered in plastic wrap for up to 5 days or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

For an extra chocolate version of this bread, be sure to check out my Double Chocolate Gluten-Free Banana Bread!

More Delicious Gluten-Free Quick Breads:

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Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

The most amazing moist and fluffy gluten-free chocolate chip banana bread that will surely make you swoon! Add chopped walnuts if you like them!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9” x 5” loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl and be sure you have 1 1/2 cups (or close to it). Whisk in the eggs, vanilla extract and cooled melted butter until well-combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, Stir together the gluten-free flour, baking soda, sea salt, coconut sugar, and cinnamon until combined.
  4. Pour the dry mixture into the mixing bowl with the wet mixture and stir until the batter is incorporated.
  5. Transfer the batter into the parchment-lined loaf pan and sprinkle with additional chocolate chips.
  6. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bread has risen substantially. Turn off the oven and allow it to sit in the warm oven an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Remove bread from the oven and allow it to cool 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

*I use grass-fed butter, but you can also use ghee or melted coconut oil for a dairy-free version

**If you don't typically bake with coconut sugar, feel free to switch it out for regular granulated cane sugar or brown sugar.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 of 12
Amount Per Serving Calories 255Total Fat 9gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 44gFiber 3gSugar 22gProtein 3g
The BEST Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe! Moist, fluffy, insanely delicious banana bread that is so easy to make! Recipe includes dairy-free and refined sugar-free options.

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Andrea

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

I made this last night and it is so so good!! It was my first time making gf banana bread and I am so happy with how it turned out!! I used maple syrup instead of coconut sugar and I did 1/4 cup instead of a 1/2. But that was the only change I made! I would suggest that you use the 1/2 cup if you like sweeter bread because it isn’t very sweet with just the 1/4 cup. But I am not a fan of super sweet so it works out well! It’s super good! Definitely putting this in my recipe book!

Julia

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

I'm so happy it worked out so well for you, Andrea! Thanks so much for sharing your change - this is super helpful to others who want to try the same thing :) xo

Kortney

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

Made this today exactly how the recipe is written and it is SO good! Thanks for the easy and very yummy recipe!

Julia

Thursday 21st of April 2022

I'm so happy you enjoy it, Kortney! Thanks so much for swinging back around to leave a sweet note! xoxo :D

Ben

Saturday 19th of March 2022

This is a amazing recipe! Would highly recommend. -Ben

Julia

Sunday 20th of March 2022

I'm so happy you enjoy it, Ben! Thanks for the feedback! xo

Maggie

Saturday 5th of March 2022

I made this the other day and it is delicious. I used dark chocolate chips and added walnuts. It’s almost gone!! I baked it for and hour and 5 min and it was perfect. I’d like to cut down on the sugar. Do you think I could only add 1/4 cup sugar? I don’t want to compromise the texture.

Julia

Saturday 5th of March 2022

Hi Maggie!

I think it would probably still work with 1/4 cup of sugar! Maybe add an additional tablespoon or two of flour, but it should still turn out great! xoxo

Ky

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

Yummm this is our go to banana bread so moist and tasty

Julia

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

I couldn't be more thrilled to hear that! Thank you for letting me know! xoxo

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