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Quite Possibly the Best Gluten Free Banana Bread

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You know when you make a special recipe that even wheat-eaters rave about, you’ve hit the jackpot. This gluten free banana bread was a winner ALL around! 

This lemon blueberry loaf is delicious, too. (But not gluten free.)

slice of chocolate chip banana bread

The best gluten free banana bread recipe

Since we grow our own bananas here, it seems we always have a surplus. With company coming, my husband decided get his bake on and turn some overripe bananas into banana bread. Since some of the people who would be eating with us are gluten free, he opted to experiment with gluten free flours. What a winner — everyone raved. Someone might have even called it the best banana bread she’d ever had. That’s high praise.

banana bread in a loaf pan

So what’s the trick? LOTS of banana. This makes for a moist, dense bread full of banana flavor. The chocolate chips and nuts are optional. (My husband would disagree about the chocolate chips being optional…) You could add raisins instead of one or the other if you like.

If you’re like us, you might decide to make this recipe on the spot and forget to soften the butter. No problem with my husband’s hot tip: Grating the butter makes it easier to cream the sugar and butter together!

This gluten free banana bread came out beautifully browned with crisp edges and a moist center, thanks to all those bananas. The recipe calls for brown sugar, which gives the bread a nice depth of flavor, but white sugar could work as well.

Check the bread for doneness after about an hour and 15 minutes; it may need an additional 15 minutes or so.

gluten free banana bread

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slice of chocolate chip banana bread

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

When even the wheat-eaters rave about a gluten free recipe you KNOW it's good! This banana bread is moist and holds together beautifully in slices.


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups very ripe banana, (cut into chunks to measure)
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil, (for pan)
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly oil a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl (or the bowl of your mixer), cream butter and sugar together. Stir in eggs and banana until well blended, mashing bananas more as you stir.
  4. Mix banana mixture into the dry ingredients until just moistened. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. banana bread batter in a silver bowl
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 1.5 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  6. Let bread cool in pan for at least 30 minutes. Turn out onto wire rack to cool further.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 521Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 6gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 249mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 6gSugar: 42gProtein: 10g

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Kris Bordessa

Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle.

6 comments… add one
  • Molly Feb 20, 2020, 3:14 pm

    Thank you, Kris! My husband has Celiac Disease, so I’m always looking for gluten-free recipes that work better than the ones I already have. Can’t wait to try this one out, both with and without the chocolate chips. That’s the only way to tell which one you like better, right? 😉

    • Kris Bordessa Feb 21, 2020, 7:45 am

      Of course!

  • Carol L Feb 21, 2020, 7:00 am

    Just wondering what could you sub for the rice flour? I can’t eat rice. I assume that almond flour would be too heavy…..

    • Kris Bordessa Feb 21, 2020, 7:44 am

      I think I’d try sorghum flour.

  • Cassie F Apr 7, 2020, 2:07 pm

    Very yummy bread! I love the combination of almond flour and chocolate chips. (I used dark chocolate chips.)
    However, the baking time appears to be off. The Cook Time at the top of the recipe says 1 hour 15 minutes, but the directions say 1.5 hours. After 40 minutes, my bread was so brown that I covered the top with foil. I took it out after an hour, but even that was too long. The outside was very dark and dry. Fortunately, the inside was still tasty.

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 12, 2020, 10:33 am

      Hm. Oven temps can vary. Maybe that’s it? I’m glad it was still tasty!

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