Gluten Free Butternut Squash Banana Bread

One Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread with Butternut Squash Puree |

Happy December! Are you ready for all that my favorite month brings? I am. Currently my Indie Holidays Pandora station is creating quite a festive ambience as I sip coffee and write this post for some seriously delicious gluten free quick bread.

Butternut Squash Puree

Since becoming friends with several gluten free eaters it’s been a personal challenge of mine to create gluten free recipes that are just as delicious as non-gluten free ones. And I’m happy to report that this simple, ONE BOWL banana bread is one of them. Hoo-ray!

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The ingredients in this loaf are simple:

Ripe bananas & butternut squash
Almond meal
Gluten free oats
Gluten free flour blend
An egg
Brown sugar
Almond milk
And a few everyday spices

Even better news? It only requires one mixing bowl. Easy, simple and delicious banana bread? Score.

Gluten Free Banana Bread with Butternut Squash

What does this gorgeous bread taste like? For starts, not gluten free at all!

It’s moist, tender and hearty
Full of sweet banana flavor
with a hint of buttery winter squash
Nutty and wholesome thanks to almonds + oats
Perfectly sweet
And absolutely perfect with a smear of butter and honey

Oh my.

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This bread is absolutely perfect for serving to a crowd.

Book club? Yes.
Friend gathering? Yes.
Holiday party? Heck yes.
Christmas pre-game? Why not?

You get the point. This recipe is really ideal in any setting, even to bake on Sunday and have for breakfast or snacks throughout the week. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Butternut Squash Banana Bread
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Gluten free banana bread swirled with butternut squash puree, just one bowl required. Hearty, healthy, moist and delicious.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 10
  • 2 large ripe bananas (about 1 cup)
  • 1 egg (or sub 1 flax egg: 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tbsp water)
  • 3 Tbsp grape seed or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp honey, depending on preferred sweetness (optional)
  • 3.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup almond or dairy milk
  • 1 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp butternut squash (or pumpkin) puree* (find roasting instructions here)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease or spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl until smooth and creamy. Then add egg through milk and whisk until well combined.
  3. Next add in gluten free flour blend, almond meal and gluten free oats and stir.
  4. Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan. Then scoop butternut squash puree into the remaining batter and stir. Add it to the loaf pan and use a spoon or knife to gently swirl.
  5. Bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes, or until golden brown and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Let set in pan for 5-10 minutes, then gently move to a wire rack and let cool completely. Nutrition reflects 10 small slices. Serve with butter and honey or as is. Store leftovers in a covered container for up to a few days.
Adapted from the lovely, Take A Megabite.
*Sub pumpkin puree for the butternut squash puree, or just compensate with 1 more banana.
*If you aren’t gluten free, sub unbleached all purpose or whole wheat pastry flour for the gluten free flour blend.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 288 Fat: 11.5g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 42g Sugar: 17g Sodium: 217mg Fiber: 3.3g Protein: 6g


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  1. says

    thanks for this recipe! i’ve also had a slew of friends going GF… and they’re always asking me what kinds of recipes they can try. i can’t wait to share this one with them… it looks great! bananas and butternut squashes are quite a pair!

  2. says

    I turned this into muffins, subbed a flax egg and agave to make it vegan, and used fig butter instead of the squash. The tin is in the oven, so I’ll let you know how it turns out! Thanks for the inspiration Dana!

  3. says

    I’m a fan of smooshing as many fruits and veggies into my meals and snacks whenever I can. Wondering if my husband would be weirded out by the addition of butternut squash to his beloved banana bread…hmmm…I suppose he doesn’t have to know ;)

  4. Lyzel says

    I came as cross your website yesterday and made this recipe, wow!!! I substituted the squash for grated zucchini, it was incredible!!!!
    My husband and I almost ate the loaf in one day!!!
    Would adding another second egg help bind the loaf more?? I found we could only slice larger pieces or it would crumble slightly, perhaps its the store bought g.f. flour?
    Im now a devoted fan to your website, thanks you so much :-)

    • says

      Lynz, it will probably turn out too crumbly so I wouldn’t recommend subbing out ALL for almond meal. At least keep a little bit of some kind of GF flour (even buckwheat or ground oats) and some whole oats. Hope that helps!

  5. Diane Markevitch says

    Just baked this. I used two eggs and “Better Batter” for the gluten free flour blend, which has xanthan gum in it. I used buttermilk instead of regular milk and added 1/2 tsp baking soda. Perfect texture; not at all crumbly. Absolutely delicious! Thank you.

    • Dana Shultz says

      Nope, you actually bake it first. I peel and cube my butternut squash and roast (tossed in a spot of oil) it for 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Then puree! Hope that helps. I’ll be sure to better clarify that in the recipe.

      • says

        Thanks! I made this with kabocha squash and white whole wheat flour and it turned out great, the perfect amount of sweetness and pleasantly nutty. The crust was also nicely crumbly and crisp, just the way I like it.

  6. shakti says

    Oh, what have you done?
    GF yes.
    One bowl yes.
    Pumpkin and ginger oh yes please.
    No yeast,none.
    This is it, and there will be an avaricious person with a fork to poke the unwary that hover around this one!

  7. Leticia says

    Hi there,
    I love tis recipe and wanna try it tomorrow! Do you think it works if I replace the gluten free flour blend for regular flour?

    • Dana Shultz says

      Yes! I do. And if you follow the link to the original recipe, you’ll see how she made it with gluten. Hope that helps!

  8. Kerry says

    Alright so I made this for friends of mine who are GF and it….was…..a disaster. They tell me it was a tasty disaster but the whole loaf fell apart when I tried to cut them a piece. And I don’t mean just that it fell apart, it’s more like you couldn’t eat this with a fork if you wanted to. I mean, the whole thing split in half lengthwise – I don’t even know how that happened. I have pictures. They aren’t pretty ones.

    I’ll say it did taste pretty good. I’m not used to gluten free cooking so the metallic-y taste really threw me for a loop but once I realized that was how it was “supposed” to taste it was pretty yummy. I addd chocolate chips, made it with pumpkin, and baked it about 15 minutes longer than it called for to make sure it was cooked all the way through. Recommend not to do that. It came out a little overcooked and dry on the outsides. Chocolate was a good call, but then, when ISN’T chocolate a good call.

    I am determined to keep trying though, and perfect this, once I understand a bit more about gf baking. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Karissa says

    We have an almond allergy in our home…..any ideas on what I can sub for the almond meal? I assume any milk would work in lieu of almond milk? Thanks! This looks amazing!

  10. Amy says

    Hi, Is there anyway I could make this with out the sugar?? What do you reckon I substitute instead, I’m searching for a yummy gluten free, sugar free bread or cake that I can make a range of muffins from.
    Please help :)

    • Dana Shultz says

      Hmm, perhaps you could use a liquid sweetener, such as maple syrup, and then compensate the moisture by adding more dry ingredients?

  11. Estelle says

    My partner had a banana disaster as a kid (read: he ate too many bananas and threw up) so can’t stand the taste of banana. Any ideas on what I can substitute it for that would add the same moistness?


  12. Ricia says

    I can’t use almond meal as we have an allergy in our house. What would you suggest as a substitute. I thought about oat ground into a meal or flax seed meal.

    • Dana Shultz says

      I would do a mixture of flax meal, rolled oats, and more gluten free flour blend to compensate for the amount of almond meal I recommend. Hope that helps!

  13. Karyn says

    I just made the recipe exactly as it is stated above. I gathered all of the said ingredients. But, when I read thru the directions, I could not find how to use half of the ingredients… The oil, spices, sugars, honey.
    I just guessed my way so that they were all included. It came out great texture and taste. But, I would have liked better directions, please.

    • Melissa says

      Did you just add the dry ingredients together and the wet ingredients together? Not sure how to go about it without the complete info

      • Saskia says

        Just in case others are reading this and have the same question, I had to do a bit of a double take when reading the recipe for the same reason, because of the way it is worded. In step 2 it says “Then add egg through milk and whisk until well combined” which means add everything listed in the ingredients from egg to milk. I’m English so this way of saying “x through y” isn’t how we would phrase it but it seems to be common in American English to mean “everything between & including x & y”!

  14. Melissa says

    I really wanted to try this right now, but I’m so confused. No where in the instructions does it mention when to add most of the ingredients. Like the milk, oil, sugar, seasonings etc. is my phone messing up? Help please. I would really like to try it tonight

  15. says

    I made this with corn meal and applesauce, since I didn’t have almond meal or butternut squash, and it came out great! It’s a little bit crumbly, but that is to be expected with gluten free baking. Next time I will add in some xantham gum to help bind it.

    To answer the three posts above, the directions say to add ingredients “eggs through milk”, which means to add the eggs, the milk, and everything listed in between them.

  16. Lexie says

    Hi! Mine is in the oven, and I am very excited about it. I added carrot apple ginger pulp from the juice I made this morning, and some walnuts. I can’t wait to taste it! Thanks for the recipe

  17. says

    Hi there,
    I just wanted to point out that the sugar, oil, baking powder etc, are missing from the instructions. i just added them to the batter and everything turned out great! I love this recipe! I will probably add one more banana to the batter but that’s just personal preference. Oh, i also sprinkled a little extra sugar on the top before baking to give it a sweet crunch…delicious! Also, i used coconut sugar and it came out splendid.


    • Dana Shultz says

      Hi Carol! Thanks for your note. I actually instruct to “add eggs through milk”, which includes those ingredients. Sorry if it was confusing and I’m glad it still turned out!

      • Carol says

        Thank you! That it’s funny because I sat there for a while staring at the words ‘add eggs through the milk’ and I had no idea what that meant! So I put the eggs in the milk and whisked those.



      • Saskia says

        For the sake of international readers it’s useful to know that saying “x through y” in the sense you mean it here isn’t very common outside of American English so that part of the instructions might not make sense to people outside the US!

  18. Kristen says

    Have you edited the recipe since your original posting? The directions don’t mention use of many of the ingredients, like the spices, baking powder, honey, etc. I managed to wing it and it still tasted amazing. But it would be nice to have a full set of instructions. Thanks!

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