An easy family recipe that yields a perfect banana bread no matter what your dietary preferences-- Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free-- you choose! Chocolate Chip and Walnut topping optional.
The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Light, moist, soft & fluffy + the best flavor!
Update April 2020: In the last few weeks while staying home, sooooo many have been making this banana bread and multiple times! So we finally joined the party and made some today!
It’s one of the easiest breads ever and is so adaptable to tastes and dietary needs/ preferences, but it is yummy each and every time!
Hope you love it too!
No matter what the season, you can’t go wrong with a classic banana bread!
Besides at the end of the week, we always seem to have some ripe bananas in the house so freshly baked bread is the perfect use for them.
This recipe is from my mom and it is one of those super simple recipes that adapts so well to dietary needs and preferences.
The original recipe was obviously not gluten-free, so with this gluten-free version we used GF Jules All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour. (Affiliate link), which has been our go to gluten-free flour for years as it is easy to substitute 1 for 1 in non-gf recipes. And we added some baking powder and reduced the baking soda so that the loaf was still light and fluffy.
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Back to the bread…
We’ve also made it with dairy-free butter and flax egg making it vegan.
And you can omit the walnuts if you have a nut allergy.
No matter how you make it, this bread has a perfect texture — moist (not dry or crumbly), velvety smooth and light and fluffy, just the right amount of sweetness and is always a hit!
All you need… 8-10 ingredients all found in your pantry: gluten-free flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, egg or flax egg, bananas, butter, sugar and chips and or walnuts according to tastes.
The only debate we have in our house is whether or not it should have chocolate chip and walnuts on top?
My husband and kids are purists and love just a good ol’ classic banana bread. I tend to like chips and extra walnuts on top. Which would you choose?
One final tip: when making a loaf bread with toppings I like to line the loaf pan with parchment paper rather than grease and flour the pan.
First, it is so much easier to lift the parchment and the baked bread right out of the loaf pan and not worry about losing any toppings.
And second it is so much easier to clean, which is a huge win!
No matter how you make it– egg/ flax egg, dairy-free or real butter, chips/ no chips, walnuts/ no walnuts…Hope you love it as much as we do!
An easy family recipe that yields a perfect banana bread no matter your dietary preference or need --- Gluten-free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Nut -Free-- you choose! Chocolate Chip and Walnut Topping optional.
Author: Healthy Gluten-Free Family
Recipe type: Breads and Muffins, Breakfast, Snack, Dessert
1½ cups Gluten-Free Flour with xanthum gum (we used GF Jules (affiliate link))
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg beaten OR 1 flax egg (see directions below)
1 cup sugar (can cut back to ¾ cup for a less sweet bread)
4 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter, melted
1¼ cup mashed bananas (approximately 3 bananas)
½ cup - ¾ cup chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips, according to preference and how chocolatey you want the bread + some or use extra for topping
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional but recommended) + some extra for topping
If using flax egg, make the flax egg
Mix 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal with 2.5 tablespoon water in a small bowl and stir to combine. Let rest for 5 minutes to thicken.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
And line a 10 in loaf pan with parchment paper OR grease and flour. I recently started using parchment paper because it is easier to lift out the bread if topping with chips and/or walnuts and easier to clean.
In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and combine with a pastry cutter or fork. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add egg or flax egg, sugar, butter and bananas and mix to combine and smooth.
Add dry ingredients and wet ingredients and mix to combine.
Stir in chips and nuts if using.
Using a large spoon scoop or pour batter into prepared bread pan and spread evenly. Top with additional chocolate chips and walnuts if desired.
Bake for 45 - 50 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. Tip: check at 35 - 40 minutes and if top is starting to brown, cover loosely with foil and continue baking until center done.
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...