While National Banana Bread Day just passed on February 23, Banana Bread Day in your house may be any day that you have overripe bananas that need to be used. Most of us have our own favorite banana bread recipes but going gluten free and possibly having other food needs may well mean that you need a new recipe. Or perhaps you simply want to change things up and try a new recipe? Either way, I’m hoping this collection of gluten-free Banana Bread recipes from my favorite gluten-free resources will be just what you need!
How do you like your banana bread? Classic and perhaps “plain Jane”? With nuts? With chocolate chips? With both nuts and chocolate chips? With molasses added? With another fruit, such as strawberries or mangoes, in the batter?
How about adding black sesame seeds? Or matcha? Not your typical additions perhaps but if you’re intrigued—or a fan of either, or both—you’ll want to check those particular recipes out.
Do you want to make banana bread in your Instant Pot? That recipe is here! Do you want to turn your banana bread into French Toast? You’ll find several recipes that allow you to do just that.
Does your diet need to be so low in carbs due to medical reasons that you can’t eat bread that’s actually made using bananas but you really want it to taste like banana bread anyway? Yeah, there’s a recipe for you that fits those requirements as well—and it actually gets raves.
Banana Bread is some outstanding comfort food and we surely need that right now as COVID lingers on; Ukraine is being attacked by Russia (and as a result, our entire world order is being challenged); and many still think that the attack on our own country’s Capitol last January, a shocking and horrible act of terrorism, was political (versus a crime) and should never be mentioned again. They simply don’t want to hear about it—any of it—even when the person participating in said crime is a well-known gluten-free resource. These folks want me to “shut up and share recipes.” Frankly, I didn’t start out that way on gfe and I don’t plan to start now.
As I shared in a discussion here, if you believe that I should stick to sharing recipes only and plan to stop reading gfe because I am not doing that; there’s no need to announce your departure here. I sincerely wish you the best.
Please take a minute to explore all the delicious gluten-free Banana Bread possibilities here and send good thoughts and prayers (if you believe in prayer) to Ukraine, our own country, and the world during this sad and tumultuous time.
The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipes
~ Almond Flour Banana Bread from Chocolate-Covered Katie ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, vegetarian, xanthan gum free, with egg-free, vegan options
Reader reviews: “I love this recipe. I make it often.” and “This recipe made the best banana bread that I have ever had. The bananas added the right amount of sweetness.” and “I just baked up your banana bread and enjoyed myself a nice warm slice. Wonderful!”
~ Almond Flour Banana Bread from Cook Eat Well ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, xanthan gum free
Reader reviews: “Made this today and it was a hit! Everyone enjoyed it.”
~ Almond Flour Banana Bread from Gluten Free Delightfully Delicious ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian
Ina says: “This is the most forgiving, tasty banana bread we have ever had. When I say forgiving, I mean this recipe is super adaptable. I have made it using two eggs, one egg, less oil, one less banana, less sugar, no flax meal, and it always turns out great.”
~ Almond Flour Banana Bread from Mama Knows Gluten Free ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, vegetarian, with egg-free, refined sugar-free, vegetarian options
~ Banana Bread from Elana’s Pantry ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo, xanthan gum free
Reader reviews: “I made this for the first time yesterday. And wow it’s yummy. So moist.” and “My boys’ favorite! I’ve been making it for years. The best grain-free banana bread…ever.” and “I just made it two days ago. Absolutely delicious!!!”
~ Banana Bread from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Reader reviews: “Holy cow!!! Just made this banana bread and it is out of this world!!! I will definitely be making this again.”
~ Banana Bread from Mama Knows Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Reader reviews: “Just made this. Very good.” and “I made this for our extended family vacation and everyone loved it!! They couldn’t believe how great it tasted.”
~ Banana Bread from Michelle’s Gluten-Free Kitchen ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Michelle says: “Enjoy! Butter tastes great on this loaf!” I bet!
~ Banana Bread from My Gluten-Free Cucina ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Leslie uses an ingredient that I’ve never seen added to banana bread before. I bet it really makes a difference to the taste and texture!
~ Banana Bread from Tia’s Kitchen and Garden ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan, xanthan gum free
Tia says this bread even earns praise from her picky little one!
~ Banana Chocolate Swirl Bread from Cybele Pascale ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan
Reader reviews: “This is without a doubt the BEST wheat-free, egg-free, dairy-free recipe for any baked goodie I have EVER made. My 8-year-old food-allergic son ate 1/2 the loaf. I will be making this several times a month.” and “I made this the other day, and it was great! It’s a wonderful portable snack, too. This is hands down one of the best gluten-free baked good recipes I’ve ever made. I prefer my sweets less sweet, so I substituted the 3/4 cup honey with 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar. For flour, I used 1 cup white sorghum, 1/2 cup GF oat, and 1/2 cup tapioca starch. I did not have any xanthan gum, so I just omitted it. Came out perfectly!”
Reader reviews: “Made this yesterday and scoffed it. Yum!” and “this is the BEST banana bread I have ever made. The non-celiac visitors ate it up! I substituted ground flax for the rice bran and used pecans.”
~ Banana Nut Bread from My Gluten-Free Kitchen ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Reader review: “Excellent banana bread!”
~ The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread from Fearless Dining ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, with refined sugar-free option
Sandi shows you this bread made two ways–with either fresh cranberries or chocolate chunks. Walnuts are optional. How would you make yours?
~ The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Reader reviews: “OM Goodness this was the BOMB!!!! So so so good.” and “Oh my goodness!! I make this tonight and it’s the best!!” and “Wow, another great recipe Kim, love, love this banana bread.”
~ Best Ever Coconut Flour Banana Bread from Detoxinista ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal, xanthan gum free
Reader reviews: “I’ve probably made every one of Megan’s banana bread/cake/muffin recipes, and although I love them all, this is probably my favorite. I was worried that five eggs would be too egg-y for me, but the texture is perfect, and it’s just the right level of sweetness.” and “I’ve just made it and it was FABULOUS!!”
~ Black Sesame Banana Bread from Fearless Dining ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, xanthan gum free
Sandi calls this banana bread with a Japanese twist!
~ Blue Heaven’s Banana Bread from In Johnna’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Blue Heaven is a Key West restaurant that is beloved, especially for its breakfasts. Their banana bread is a customer favorite and it’s served with several of their breakfast entrees. Johnna used Blue Heaven’s recipe (which she found in a special edition of Southern Living a while back) as her starting point for inspiration. Incidentally, you can also use Johnna’s gluten-free version of Blue Heaven’s Banana Bread to make their Bananas Foster recipe!
~ Breakfast-Worthy Banana Bread from Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free (if you use the gluten-free option in post above recipe), dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
Reader reviews: “This is fabulous! We eat gluten and dairy free and this recipe really fit the bill. I love that it doesn’t have added sugars either! I used rice milk and a gluten-free flour blend and it was terrific.” and “I made this today, gluten free by switching out the flour with my GF rice flour mix and 1/4 tsp xanthan gum. It turned out great. I’ve been craving a morning treat to toast and then spread with peanut butter. This is it!”
~ Chocolate Banana Bread from My Gluten-Free Kitchen ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Reader reviews: “This was the best chocolate banana bread I’ve ever had since I went gluten free.”
~ Chocolate Banana Bread from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Lynn says: “This gluten-free chocolate banana bread is more of a dessert, but my family has been known many times to eat it for breakfast. No matter when you eat it, I think that you will enjoy it.”
~ Chocolate Banana Bread from Nourishing Meals ~ gluten free, dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free, xanthan gum free
Reader reviews: “Delicious! I need to make a double back next time.”
~ Dark Chocolate Banana Bread from Chocolate-Covered Katie ~ gluten free (when you use gluten-free option), egg free, with dairy-free, vegan options
Reader reviews: “This was very good. I used cassava flour and coconut oil. I also left out the extra sugar/stevia. It did need extra time in the oven after the 10 minutes.” and “This was amazing!! I made it with gluten-free flour mix for a vegan gf dessert for a dinner party SO GOOD and so chocolatey. It took a little longer to bake but after 35 minutes I lowered the temp to 325 for about 7 minutes, then let it hang out in oven for 10. WOW. I want to always make this for dinner parties.” and “I made this recipe using GF baking mix and it was phenomenal!! I suggest extending the baking time by 10-15 mins.”
~ Double Chocolate Banana Bread from Everyday Gluten-Free Gourmet ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, nut free, with dairy-free option
Reader review: “OMG this is EXCELLENT, you would not even know it was gluten free. It kept well for over a week and it wasn’t even refrigerated half the time as we were on the road. Don’t need to try any other double chocolate banana bread recipes as this is definitely a MAKE AGAIN!”
~ Flourless Banana Cinnamon Bread from Gluten-Free A to Z ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Reader reviews: “This is so delicious!!! I just made it and my family loved it!!! I sprinkled extra cinnamon on the top and added some extra chocolate chips on top too.” and “Reporting back to say that this recipe is terrific, Judee! I made two mini loaves. Going to share one with my mom tomorrow. 🙂 ” (Note that this last review is mine from 2017!)
~ Funfetti Banana Bread from Strength and Sunshine ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
~ Grandma’s Banana Bread from GF Jules ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, egg-free, vegan options
Reader reviews: “I have made this about a dozen times – the best ever and does not last in our house!” and “I sent two loaves of this bread and told him not to tell a soul it’s gluten free unless prompted. He didn’t have leftovers to bring home, and had a request for the recipe. The person who asked refused to believe him that it was gluten free.”
~ Instant Pot Banana Bread from In Johnna’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, xanthan gum free
Reader reviews: “It’s the best banana bread I ever had.” and “This is by far my favorite recipe. If I want to get a little creative, I add some vegan chocolate chips.”
~ Joanna Gaines’ After School Banana Bread Made Gluten Free from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Lynn says she’s made this banana bread at least five times while trying to get the gluten-free version just right. She tells you what works and what doesn’t so if you want to make changes you’ll know if your planned changes will work or not. She also notes that this banana bread is unique in the fact that it’s made with four or five bananas. (Most banana bread recipes only require one or two bananas.)
~ Keto Banana Bread from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, grain free, vegetarian, low carb, keto, xanthan gum free
Bananas are higher in carbs so Carolyn created a bread that gives you both the flavor and texture of banana bread without actually using bananas. Brilliant!
Reader reviews: “This recipe is perfect. I make it every week. My son is a T1 and eats it with his eggs literally every single morning.” and “I made this one yesterday – it turned out SO good!” and “I have made this twice and it is dangerously good.” and “Love this one. Everyone in the family likes this one!”
~ Matcha Green Tea Banana Bread from Fearless Dining ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, with nut-free option
This recipe even comes with a Dr. Seuss-style poem from one of Sandi’s readers! It would be great any time but also remember it for St. Patrick’s Day when it’s especially fun to serve all kinds of green treats!
Reader reviews: “I made the bread last week and fell in love.” and “Oh my god, I’ve never tasted banana bread this good. I made this recipe yesterday for after dinner dessert, turned out so well. I ate 3/4 of it, can’t stop eating it. My hubby loves it too.”
~ Martha Stewart’s Sour Cream Banana Bread Made Better with Chocolate from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ gluten free (when you use a gluten-free option; see notes), vegetarian
Lynn says this banana bread is: “by far the best banana bread that I have made. It has been a tried-and-true favorite for my family for probably twenty years.”
~ Molasses Banana Bread from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and xanthan gum-free options
Reader reviews: “Half my family can eat gluten, half cannot. This bridged the gap between the two halves, both halves loved it!” and “This is tasty! I used blackstrap molasses, so it’s not sweet at all. I put a little non-dairy cream cheese on my second slice – also yummy.”
~ No-Sugar Banana Bread from Vegetarian Mamma ~ gluten free, refined sugar free, vegetarian
Reader review: “My favorite gluten-free banana bread! Yum.”
~ Paleo Banana Bread (Sweetener Free) from Zenbelly ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, vegetarian, paleo, primal
Reader reviews: “So delish!!! I added a little maple syrup and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. Other paleo banana bread recipes I’ve tried use only coconut flour and I found them too “eggy”. This recipe is amazing!” and “I used coconut oil and it turned out just fine.” and “These are now my go-to banana bread recipe. The texture is amazing. You always nail the texture!! I added 1 T. of honey as one other reader suggested. It was wonderful as always.”
~ Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread from Zenbelly ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo, nut free, xanthan gum free
Reader reviews: “Delicious! I made using date sugar and olive oil instead of avocado as my ingredient swap and it is moist and fabulous! A special breakfast bread for me this week.” and “Made this yesterday and it is fabulous. I subbed regular sugar (omg! The humanity!) 1:1. Also the batter sat in the fridge overnight so I could bake it in the morning. My husband and 3-year-old also love this recipe.” and “Yum! I made this bread this afternoon and we just tasted it – it’s absolutely delicious! Not “delicious for a paleo dessert,” just plain delicious. It’s moist, it rose beautifully, and with the Guittard extra dark chips, it’s super-chocolatey without being too sweet.”
~ Perfect Paleo Banana Bread from Simply Quinoa ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, xanthan gum free
Reader reviews: “Love this recipe. Have made it several times. My family loves it!!” and “This banana bread turned out so well! The taste and texture are spot on.” and “This banana bread is absolutely amazing!! So tasty and very easy to make!! It’s a must for anyone who loves their banana bread!!
~ One-Bowl Banana Bread from Flippin’ Delicious ~ gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free
Reader reviews: “I have been on a mission for the perfect Gluten Free Banana Bread for a long time. Today… I found it!! WOW!! This is a wonderful recipe!! Just the perfect everything with it!”
~ Paleo Banana Bread from Michelle’s Gluten-Free Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, vegetarian, paleo, primal
I love that Michelle topped the batter with dark chocolate chips. She uses a relatively small amount but the visual appeal is off the charts!
~ Tropical Banana Bread with Sugared Macadamia Crumble from Spabettie ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
Kristina says her recipe is “a unique spin on a classic banana bread, sweet and moist with flavors from the islands and a sugary crunchy top.”
~ Vegan Banana Bread from The Big Man’s World ~ gluten free (if you use gluten-free option), dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan, with refined sugar-free and sugar-free options
Reader reviews: “This is the best banana bread I have ever made. Gluten free, dairy free and egg free, amazing texture and taste. I find baking without eggs a real challenge, so thank you for this recipe.” and “I just made this last night and my family and I were shocked by the results. LOVED IT! Absolutely delicious and it’s indecipherably vegan & gluten-free.”
~ Vegan Banana Bread from Tessa the Domestic Diva ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan, with refined sugar-free and sugar-free options
Reader reviews: “Delicious banana bread! My perfect way to start the day. Really like the texture – just the way I prefer it.” and “Wow – my new and ONLY banana bread recipe from here on out – it was DELICIOUS!!” and “Made a batch with almond flour instead of the quinoa flour, and an egg instead of the guar gum (since it’s not an issue with us), half with chocolate chips for son the other half with toasted pecans for husband. Turned out delicious!”
~ Vegan Banana Bread from Vegetarian Mamma ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
Cindi says: “When you have brown bananas, it is a sign to make this banana bread recipe! The best bananas for banana bread are brown on the outside but still yellow and creamy on the inside.”
~ Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from Vegetarian Mamma ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
Reader review: “The chocolate really makes this banana bread. YUM.”
~ Vegan Strawberry Banana Bread from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
Reader review: “I use the gluten free 1:1 flour and coconut oil all the time. It comes out great!”
More Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipes
~ Banana Bread French Toast from In Johnna’s Kitchen
~ Banana Bread French Toast from Michelle’s Gluten-Free Kitchen
~ Banana Bread Parfait from My Gluten-Free Kitchen
~ Banana Bread Pudding from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures (be sure to use gluten-free option)
~ Upside Down Banana Bread Pancakes from Healthful Pursuit
Go ahead, folks! Turn those brown bananas into something absolutely delicious!
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Originally published March 2, 2022; updated January 20, 2023.