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Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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 8x4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 140 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Mar. 18, 2018

"I love this recipe because we all have most of the ingredients or substitutions at home. I used a coconut flour (Mama's Coconut blend gluten free flour found at tj maxx) so to complement this I used coconut oil and a few flakes of unsweetened coconut on top with pecans. I had a guest staying at my house that was gluten free but all the other guests said they couldn't tell the difference and gobbled up the bread then asked to take the muffens home! I made one loaf and 8 muffins with this recipe. Fabulous!"

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2018

"Awesome recipe thank you! First great tasting bread!

Substituted applesauce with blended blueberries, used a tablespoon of two less of sugar and added a couple handfuls of blueberries and walnuts. YUMMY! ??????"

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2018

"I loved the way this recipe came out. My friend sent it me because she wanted to try a GF recipe, so I figured I'd check it out as well. I substituted Olive Oil for Canola Oil because I didn't have Canola Oil. Also, I used a half cup of sugar, and added chocolate chips. For this recipe, I made muffins instead of a loaf, and for that I baked the muffins for 30 minutes, which was a perfect amount of time for them. The end result was very moist, and delicious muffins. It made 12 muffins (I filled the cups almost to the top, so they were quite full).. I usually cut the sugar on recipes, especially when they call for one cup (it just seems excessive). I considered using honey as a substitute for the sugar, and may try the recipe again doing just that. I think what helps this recipe stay so moist is adding the apple sauce.

TL:DR - Recipe was delicious!"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2018

"This was delicious!! I made two slight changes: I used 1 cup of apple sauce and I changed the oil to coconut oil instead. I LOVE this recipe. I have tried hundreds of gluten free banana bread recipes and this one is the best. I am sorry some had a hard time with the recipe because this banana bread is top notch!!"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2018

"For some reason, it wouldn't let me rate this recipe 5 stars. (Only would let me rate 4.5, but it is a five star) This is a delicious, moist and tasty recipe as is. Very difficult to find a gluten free banana bread recipe that creates a very moist, tasty outcome. easy to make and very flavorful. I love that it makes two loaves and you don't need to put butter on the finished product for more moisture. I would like to try some other alterations like coconut oil, yogurt option, brown sugar or honey, (less sugar) options as healthier choices. But, it's a must try recipe. You won't be disappointed especially if you use 5 "overripe" bananas and follow recipe as is. Thank you for sharing."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2018

"I cannot recommend this recipe enough! I've been into baking for years, since before I found out that I was gluten intolerant, and it's been hard to find a banana bread recipe that isn't too dense or too try. This is the one! After reading the comments, I made the following substitutions, which yielded an incredibly moist and flavorful banana bread:

- 3/4 brown sugar; a good squirt of honey (instead of 1 c sugar)
- 1/2 c plain greek yogurt (instead of 1/2 c applesauce)
- 1/3 c coconut oil (instead of canola)
- omitted nuts and added coconut
Made 2 mini muffin tins and one loaf"

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2018

"I tried this recipe after reading a few of the other reviews, so I had an idea of some additions I would make to the recipe. I doubled the applesauce amount to 1 cup and added 3 more extra ripe bananas. I also added 1/4 tsp black walnut extract instead of actually using walnuts because we have a toddler who isn't eating nuts yet. I also added approximately 4 teaspoons cinnamon sugar. The result was a very moist, incredibly tasty banana bread loaf!"

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2018

"I seriously do not know how this recipe got 5 stars, I picked it b/c of its high rating. This is quite possibly one of the most awful banana bread recipes I have ever tried. It was dry, crusty, tasted like cardboard...I do not know how it's possible to make banana bread not even taste like banana bread but this recipe managed to make that happen."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2017

"This bread has passed it's first day taste test. If it retains the moisture, it's a good gluten-free version. I did add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 3/4 cup chocolate chips."

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2017

"I made the bread following the directions. The bread turned out well, light and with a nice height. However, it tasted very bland to me. Wish I had added some cinnamon or nutmeg to give it some spunk!"

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