The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe
Banana bread is one of those recipes that everyone loves but are often apprehensive about making at home. Every coffee shop I drop into seems to sell overpriced slices of the stuff!
Get ready to be surprised by how simple making nutrition-rich banana bread at home really is — and how good for you it can be. My super moist gluten-free banana bread is a recipe that everyone (even gluten lovers!) will enjoy.
What’s Wrong with Regular Banana Bread?
You might wonder what the point of making a gluten-free banana bread is. Why mess with a classic?
Unfortunately, like so many recipes we’ve grown up with, classic homemade banana bread, even the homemade versions, aren’t very good for you. For starters, they’re usually made with a whole lot of white flour. Refined carbohydrates like those don’t add any nutritional value and can be difficult for your body to break down.
And then there’s the sugar. Traditional banana bread has a ton of refined sugar in it, leading you to a sugar high followed by a sugar crash. Sugar is one of the top “foods” that causes inflammation in the body, which can contribute to heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
Finally, while I enjoy organic butter when it adds something to a dish, normal banana bread recipes can have up to a cup of the stuff. There’s just no need when you have this gluten-free banana bread that tastes amazing and is healthy — and ready to be baked.
How to Make Gluten-Free, Paleo Banana Bread
My Paleo banana bread recipe keeps all the best parts about banana bread while making it a bit more nutritious. We’ll use almond flour, a heart-healthy, low-carb alternative to all-purpose white flour. You can also experiment with a Paleo flour blend, which incorporates various flours such as almond, coconut, tapioca and arrowroot flours, for this recipe.
Incorporating overripe bananas makes this bread sweet, but we’ll add honey to make sure your sweet tooth is satisfied. If you’re hesitant to heat honey, you can also try maple syrup or a natural granular sugar like coconut sugar. Just be sure to use less of these!
Instead of butter, we’ll get that same silky texture with coconut milk while keeping this recipe dairy-free. Now this is a banana bread you can indulge in without feeling bad!
Don’t miss my video at the end to see how I make it!
Start by preheating the oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Grease a standard loaf pan and set aside.
In a bowl, mix together the eggs, banana, honey, coconut milk and vanilla. The vanilla extract adds a little extra flavor. Mmm!
In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda, almond flour, sea salt and cinnamon. Combine both of the mixtures and stir until well incorporated.
Add in the apple cider vinegar and stir until it is distributed throughout the mixture.
Pour the batter into greased loaf pan. Bake for 45–50 minutes.
Serve the banana bread either warm or cooled — both are delicious! You can even add this recipe to your list of dishes to meal prep on Sunday to enjoy throughout the week for breakfast or with your cup of coffee. If you want to reheat it, simple pop it in the oven for a couple minutes. You’ll keep more of the moisture by eating it cool, though.
Standard banana bread is surprising unhealthy. But get ready to be surprised by how simple making nutrition-rich banana bread at home really is — and how good for you it can be.
- 4 eggs
- 3 medium overly ripe bananas, mashed
- ¼ cup raw honey
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2¼ cups almond flour (or use Paleo flour)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Grease a standard loaf pan and set aside.
- In a bowl, mix eggs, banana, honey, coconut milk, and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, almond flour, sea salt and cinnamon.
- Combine both mixtures and stir until well incorporated.
- Add in apple cider vinegar and stir until it is distributed throughout the mixture.
- Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Bake for 45–50 minutes.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 50 min
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 slice (79g)
- Calories: 197
- Sugar: 10.6g
- Sodium: 329mg
- Fat: 12.4g
- Saturated Fat: 2.3g
- Unsaturated Fat: 9.4g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 17.4g
- Fiber: 3.4g
- Protein: 6.4g
- Cholesterol: 55mg