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Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe
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Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

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A lot of gluten-free baked goods are dry and crumbly, but this one tastes like the real thing. I hope you try it! —Gladys Arnold, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4-5 medium)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 140 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, bananas, sugar, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Transfer to two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Editor's Note: Read all ingredient labels for possible gluten content prior to use. Ingredient formulas can change, and production facilities vary among brands. If you’re concerned that your brand may contain gluten, contact the company.
Originally published as Gluten-Free Banana Bread in Healthy Cooking December/January 2010, p17

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 140 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"Excellent recipe. I increased oil to half cup because I had no applesauce. Of course it would be healthier with the applesauce!"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"This is a GREAT recipe. I own a B&B so occasionally I need to come up with something for GF guests and this particular guest is also dairy free, so this recipe was exactly what I needed. I made 1/4 of the recipe and baked it as muffins and it was absolutely fabulous. only took 15 minutes to bake small muffins and reduced the oven temp to 325. I probably used a little extra apple sauce (made it myself with sliced apples and oil and cooked till soft) and not quite enuf bananas. ANd I had my doubts with it being as wet as it was when it went into the oven, but they rose nicely and browned and were a HIT. She ate 3 muffins and all week had not been eating much of anything I had made!!! THANK YOU

and I left out the nuts but I'm sure that would have been fine."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Didn't hurt to double nuts (I used pecans) and also added 1/2 cup crasins."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"Holy gluten-free deliciousness! This recipe was so easy and honestly just amazing! My baking time was a bit less than what was recommended (mine were done in about 40min not 45-55min), but wow it knocked my socks off. If you LOVE banana bread and have a gluten allergy (or celiac like myself), you will not feel slighted by this recipe. I used Pamela's Baking/Pancake (GF) flour and it made this a superb recipe! It's already a family favorite and will be a recipe I use year after year. :)"

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"Best bananna bread ever! I had never made gluten free anything, and this turned out so well! I did make a couple of changes so that didn't have to use sugar:

-I omitted the sugar
-I added a generous half cup honey
-I added an extra quarter cup GF flour
-I added an extra half teaspoon baking soda
-I added an extra 1/4 teaspoon salt
-I baked it for 40 mins (apparently honey can make stuff burn)- I could have even baked it for 35 mins.
It was fantastic! I am sure the recipe would be great as is, if you don't do the honey switch. (The honey was plenty sweet btw!)"

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