One Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread

Gluten Free Banana Bread | one bowl, simple ingredients, so moist, hearty and delicious

Three bananas. One Bowl. Zero gluten. Let’s do this.

Banana BreadBrown SugarYou may remember my recipe for gluten free banana bread with butternut squash. It’s one of my favorites of all time. Yes, all time. But I couldn’t help but strip it down to the absolute essentials and take it back to classic banana bread land.

Friends, behold: One Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread.

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The ingredients for this scrumptious, hearty bread begin with three overripe bananas. Then come essentials you likely already have on hand, such as eggs (or chia/flax eggs), vanilla and coconut oil. To sweeten things up a bit more I relied on a mix of honey, cane and brown sugar for a variance of flavor and texture.

Then comes the gluten free goodness: a mix of gluten free oats, almond meal and my favorite gluten free flour blend (which can be subbed out with just about any gluten free blend).

This recipe is forgiving in that the type of GF blend you use doesn’t really matter as much since there’s two other dry ingredient components evening things out. And of course, if you’re not gluten free just sub whole wheat pastry or all purpose for the blend.

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45 minutes to 1 hour in the oven and this baby is ready for the taking.

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I could hardly wait to slice in, but patience is key here. You need to wait a good hour before cutting into this baby, else it will crumble and fall apart. That’s what you don’t want.

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This is what you do want. A hearty loaf that holds its shape and converts even the most suspicious of eaters into gluten free banana bread lovers. Hubba hubba.

1 Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread! Whole grain goodness in a dense, sweet quickbread.

This bread is:

Perfectly moist
Loaded with banana flavor
Just sweet enough
Spotted with oats and almond meal
Slightly nutty
Incredibly satisfying
Altogether dreamy

Trust me, you’re gonna love this bread. Enjoy!

1 Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread! Easy, wholesome and SO moist and delicious #glutenfree | minimalistbaker.comGLUTEN FREE BANANA BREAD! one bowl, simple ingredients, SO moist hearty and delicious

4.7 from 24 reviews
One Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread (Vegan Optional)
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The only gluten free banana bread recipe you'll ever need. One bowl, simple ingredients, so moist, hearty and delicious.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Optional
Serves: 10
  • 3 medium ripe bananas (~1.5 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg (or sub 1 chia or flax egg - see notes)
  • 3 Tbsp grape seed or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp honey, depending on ripeness of bananas
  • 3.5 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup almond or dairy milk
  • 1 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free flour blend (my go-to blend)
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free oats
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Mash banana in a large bowl. Add all ingredients through almond milk and whisk vigorously to combine. Last add almond meal, gluten free flour blend and oats and stir.
  3. Bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes. When ready, it should feel firm and be crackly and golden brown on top.
  4. Let cool completely before cutting or it will be too tender to hold form.
  5. Serve with butter and honey or as is. Store leftovers in a covered container for up to a few days. Slice and freeze for longer term storage.
*GOOD NEWS! Several people have tried this recipe vegan-ized by swapping the egg for 1 chia or flax egg and have reported that it works well! To do so, just combine 1 Tbsp chia seed or flaxseed meal with 2.5 Tbsp water, mix and let set for 5 minutes to activate. Then add to the recipe when I note to add the egg.
* Adapted from my GF Banana Butternut Squash Bread, originally adapted from TakeAMegabite.
*Nutrition information reflects 1 of 10 slices.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 195 Fat: 7 g Saturated fat: 0.7 g Carbohydrates: 31 g Sugar: 16 g Sodium: 213 mg Fiber: 2.6 g Protein: 3.2 g


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  1. jen says

    yum, if i make these as muffins (aiming for about 16 min), how long do you think they should go for and what temperature? thanks :)

  2. Pamela says

    Hello, I have been looking for your ‘go to’ flour blend. Could you tell me please what the ingredients are. Thank you !

    • Dana Shultz says

      I believe i linked to the blend in the recipe box. But I use brown rice flour, white rice flour, tapioca flour and potato starch.

  3. Carol says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I made it this morning and really love it. I used regular unbleached flour instead of gluten fee. I used my blender to make the almond meal and the size of the pieces was varied and I left it that way since the smaller pieces looked like they would soon turn into almond butter. The bigger pieces were a delight in the bread. You were able to use so many bananas without ending up with a mushy texture! I was surprised. This is going to be my go to BANANA BREAD!

  4. Sarah says

    I had this bookmarked to make for our families beach trip and I did the trial run today and OMG! It was YUM! Soooo cannot tell this is gluten free! I subbed out 1/8 cup Truvia baking blend instead of the cane sugar, left out the honey, and subbed unsweetened applesauce for the oil. The texture is PERFECT, however it is a bit, not exciting. I’m going to try out the additions others have recommended and sub out coconut cream for the milk and coconut sugar for the brown sugar. And add walnuts (my mother doesn’t consider it banana bread without walnuts) and nutmeg. I think I am even going to do the flax seed instead of egg and make it gluten free, egg free, dairy free, and delicious!
    Thank you for this! GF bread is often SO wrong in texture that it’s great to get one that isn’t!

  5. says

    This is the first gluten free bead I’ve had where it’s not crumbly and obvious that it’s GF. It’s so moist and delicious! Thank you! Making my second batch now ;)

  6. Nicole says

    I have celiac’s disease and it has been difficult to find a really delicious and gluten free banana bread, this recipe is over the top wonderful!! So easy to make and is very moist and flavorful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Kate says

    I was making a whole wheat banana bread before I found this but I have been trying to go gluten free as my stomach feels MUCH better without wheat. I am sooooo glad i found this recipe! I just made it last night and the loaf is already half gone…my fiancé said this is the best recipe I have made hands down. Thanks so much for this awesome recipe– EVERYONE needs to go make this….NOW!

  8. Carri says

    I made this Banana “nut” bread today, for a ladies group that meets at my home. I am gluten free but they are not, so I was hoping it wasn’t too “odd” tasting to them. It came out wonderful! I added 1 cup of walnuts; I was worried it may be crumbly but it sliced just like or better than my old wheat Banana Bread recipe. I was so pleasantly surprised! I used 1/4 C. Coconut sugar in place of white sugar and followed the recipe except I used real butter and milk, so it wasn’t vegan. Very good and fairly “low sugar””. I will check out more of your recipes. Thanks!

  9. Laura Russell says

    My 18 year old niece has recently been diagnosed with several allergies and food intolerances, including dairy and gluten. She has really had a hard time finding recipes for favorite foods she can no longer eat, which includes banana bread. I was determined, so I searched and found your blog. I made this for her while I was visiting yesterday, but she did have a chance to sample the bread before I flew home today. This is the text I had from her when my plane landed: “Oh my goodness. This banana bread is delicious!!!!!!! The bread is so so so so so so so so so so so so so good.” Enough said! Thank you!! I can’t wait to try other things from your blog and send them to her!

  10. Rochelle Bostrom says

    Dana – I want to thank you! I was an avid baker as a child (made my first sheet of baklava at 10 years old!) and loved spending time whipping up decadent treats. As I got older though, and had a child – the thought of feeding my daughter sweet desserts or breakfast items made with white flour, sugar and butter just didn’t sit well with me. So I gave of my love for baking. I did have a brief flirtation with other ‘healthy baking’ cookbooks but found the ingredient lists and complicated (not to mention expensive) recipes to be not worth the trouble. Then, last week, when looking for a healthy, simple banana bread recipe (My husband is Gluten-Free so it’s been trying to make everyone happy around here!) I stumbled upon your lovely site! After having great success with this fantastic recipe – I HAD to try a batch of the Peanut Butter Cups – also a huge success! We used the leftover peanut butter/coconut cream as a ‘butter’ for this bread btw. I am very much looking forward to trolling through your amazing recipes and beautiful site – Congrats and thank you for doing us all such a great service!

  11. Jenny says

    I just made this with regular flours, 2% milk, some applesauce + bananas (only had 2), and a flax egg. I added walnuts and baked it for an hour. It was great! Thanks for a good recipe :).

  12. Amanda says

    LOL! Yes- it IS 3.5! I didnt have my “ol’ lady” glasses on & my arm just isn’t long enough anymore!!!
    This was a HUGE success @ my house!
    & YES no matter how tempting wait cools to slice! I made 2 small loaves & my grown son couldn’t wait… ; 0)
    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  13. Elizabeth says

    I just baked this and it turned out great, with a rather dense moist texture that I really like. I like the variety of flavours here, this is different from banana bread recipes that just keep it really simple. I didn’t have coconut oil so I used about a quarter cup or so of butter, and I used only brown sugar. I added chocolate chips too – to encourage my ten year old daughter to give a gluten-free banana bread a try! I think she’ll like it. Next time I’m going to try with less sugar or maybe substitute just honey – this turned out quite sweet (for my taste – but I still love it) and I’m interested in trying it with a bit less of the sweet ingredients. I will definitely try some of your other recipes. Thanks!

  14. Cait says

    Not only is this recipe delicious, it’s *incredibly* forgiving. I had two overripe bananas and some quickly spoiling blueberries that I was loathe to throw out, so I surfed up a GF, vegan banana bread recipe. I started on the recipe without really checking what I had on hand, or how much, and ended up making several substitutions on the fly. It still turned out FAN-TAS-TIC. I can’t believe how great the texture and flavor are. Here are the subs I made, just in case anyone’s wondering how much they can get away with :o)

    - Used only 2 bananas and a little warm water to aid the mashing process
    - Used chia instead of egg
    - Had no brown sugar on hand, used 1/4c cane sugar and 1/4 c blackstrap molasses, plus a little extra to sub out the honey (no honey on hand either!!)
    - For some reason I was compelled to use 4tsp baking powder, I’m such a spaz, it’s a wonder anything I bake ever turns out edible
    - I see measurements more as “guidelines…” LOL so I probably used about 4TB melted coconut oil
    - Flour: Used 2c almond meal, 1/4 c rice starch, 1/4c corn starch, and this is the funniest sub IMO, only had 1c oats so I used 1/4c of granola and crisped rice cereal instead! LOL
    - Tossed in about 1 1/2c of blueberries before baking
    - Baked in muffin tins instead of loaf pans for about 15min

    I think that’s it. And despite my mangling the recipe beyond recognition, it turned out absolutely stellar. I credit the recipe with being flexible and myself with pure DUMB LUCK! :o)

    • Dana Shultz says

      You can just sub extra oats and GF flour blend! Or any other nut meal, such as pecan or walnut!

  15. Caroline says

    Just made this with my kids this morning for my birthday. We shared big slabs of it for lunch and I have to say this bread is legitimately delicious. We really struggle to find gluten free baked goods that are delicious. This one hit the spot. Thank you so very much!!

  16. says

    Hi there, I’m new to your wonderful site and wanted to thank you for this, and the other amazing vegan gluten free recipes…I made this with the flax egg and subbed all sugar/honey for 150g coconut nectar…it’s gorgeous! I made it late last night (as it’s very warm here in the UK at the mo) and left it to cool overnight and like santa leaving a gift for me, there it was this morning waiting for me! Perfection! It went very well with my morning hot chocolate in bed :) Again, thank you and keep up the good work ;)

  17. Lisa says

    Another review…..I stumbled across your blog looking for a gluten free banana bread. Although I have already made my stand-by banana bread recipe, adapting it for gluten free, I wanted to try something new.

    Well, this one is a keeper! I used organic eggs and milk (we’re not vegan) and coconut oil…my own gluten free blend (from another blog, sorry) but otherwise, everything else was the same as the recipe calls for.

    I baked it in a stoneware bread pan for 1 hour 10 minutes and let rest for 30 minutes in the pan, then 1 hour on a wire rack before cutting into it. This is really a full-flavored dense-but-not-heavy banana bread. It will now replace my old recipe which had a lot of oil and sugar in it…this one is so much healthier, and gluten free besides.


  18. says

    I made this because the pictures look so incredible. Turns out the bread itself was equally magnificent. And now I plan to cook my way through all your recipes because everything looks so irresistible. Thank you for gracing the internet with such a beautiful site!

  19. Mary says

    i wonder could u advise me of a gf flour mix that would contain no wheat rice almond or potato as ive to eliminate these from my diet which i could use to make your banana bread . thanks


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