Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe – Super Easy With Normal Ingredients

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Yesterday, I was standing in my kitchen craving the smell of baked desserts when I noticed four very ripe bananas. An unplanned Gluten Free banana bread recipe experiment began and a heavenly aroma wafted throughout the house.  The result of this “test kitchen” recipe was a moist, naturally sweet banana bread that just happens to be gluten free and dairy free. There are no weird ingredients or complicated instructions. Oh, and you can easily convert this into a gluten free banana muffins recipe as well. You don’t want to miss this easy dessert recipe that will bring all the feels – any time of year!

close up view of gluten free banana bread



Most gluten free recipes require expensive, specialty flours that must be mixed together in order to make the baked goods have the correct consistency.  That’s not the case in this recipe.  The star of the show here is Great Value Gluten Free flour that is convenient, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free!

I call my favorite days at home “test kitchen” days where I experiment with EASY recipes until I come up with ones to die for.  This gluten free banana bread recipe is so good that I couldn’t possibly keep it to myself.


All the exact measurements are on the printable recipe card below, but here are the ingredients at a glance.

  • GF flour
  • ripe bananas
  • brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • butter (I used smart butter) that’s dairy free & made with olive oil)
  • eggs
  • milk (I use almond milk)
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • nuts or chocolate chips are optional


There’s a gluten free banana bread printable recipe card below, but here’s the basic idea –>

After preheating the oven and greasing a 9×5 loaf pan, you’ll be combining the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Then, cream together the butter and sugar with mixer.  Stir in eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas.  Don’t overmix but just stir until incorporated.

Sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar and cinnamon over the top of the mix in the loaf pan and use a knife to swirl.  Bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry and top is golden brown.

Easy Peasy!

Here’s your printable recipe card for my gluten free banana bread:

Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe
  • 2 cups GF flour
  • 4 mashed, ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup & a pinch of brown sugar
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (I used smart butter) that’s dairy free & made with olive oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (I use almond)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup nuts or chocolate chips are optional
  1. Preheating oven at 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Cream together butter and sugar with mixer.
  5. Stir in eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas.
  6. Don’t overmix
  7. Stir in optional nuts or chocolate chips now
  8. Sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar and cinnamon over the top of the mix in the loaf pan and use a knife to swirl.
  9. Bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick is dry and top is golden brown.


#1) Don’t over mix this recipe. If the bananas are still lumpy, use a fork and mash a few times instead of stirring.

#2) This recipe can easily be turned into a gluten free banana muffins recipe by pouring the finished batter 3/4 of the way into greased muffin tins and adjusting the cooking time by checking about 5-10 minutes sooner.

#3) Another idea is to use this gluten free banana bread recipe as an easy gift for friends and loved ones.  Who wouldn’t love to receive a warm bundle of goodness like this?!

Since this recipe turned out so moist and tasty, there will be many more gluten free, dairy free, soy free recipes this season – and I’ll tell you all about it when I do!


My absolute favorite loaf pan to make my baked goods in is my Pioneer Woman one because to date, nothing sticks to the pan when it’s time to remove it. When you’re baking, that’s extremely important. AND, no matter how messy the baking gets, it’s always easy to clean and food doesn’t stick. Yes, yes, and amen. If you don’t have one, I suggest you hurry and get one pronto, friend.

my favorite loaf pan for baking
If I bake muffins, I use this:

muffin pan
If I want to throw that banana bread mix into a bundt pan to be more cake-like, I use this:

bundt pan

I hope this has been helpful, friend. Let me know how it goes!


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  1. October 17, 2018 / 7:03 am

    Yum! Banana bread is so yummy. I haven’t had any since I developed a weird aversion/slight allergy to Bananas, but I wonder if since they are cooked, I could still have them.

    • Shan
      October 17, 2018 / 7:05 am

      Hmmm, I don’t know about that, Kristin. So sorry you’ve been dealing with that. Food allergies are no joke.

      much love,

  2. October 17, 2018 / 10:20 am

    This looks so good! And perfect timing too, I just discover I have a gluten allergy!

  3. October 17, 2018 / 10:38 am

    I love banana bread and it has been a while since I made my recipe but I think I might try this one out. Not sure where I could get GF flour here but I will scour the shelves and see what I find! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    D, xo || from

  4. October 17, 2018 / 11:20 am

    I LOVE banana bread and I am all about no gluten because of my never-ending stomach issues so I definitely want to try this!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  5. October 17, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    My family LOVES banana bread! I actually just made a loaf this morning while my boys were getting ready for school. I’ve used the same recipe for a long time, but it isn’t gluten or dairy free. I’d love to try this one next time, as it’s quite different from mine. My boys would love chocolate chips in it!

  6. Neely Moldovan
    October 17, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    We always need new banana bread recipes! I mean gluten free or not I am in!

  7. October 17, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    This is so great that you have a delicious comfort food that is sensitive to people with allergies! This looks so delicious.

  8. October 17, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    Exactly what I’ve been looking for! Love banana bread but been trying go gluten free. Thanks! Will be giving this a try!

  9. October 17, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    We are starting gluten free. This is a great recipe for us to keep handy, thanks.

  10. October 17, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Yum! Do you think I could use almond flour to make this?

    • Shan
      October 18, 2018 / 8:45 am

      Gemma, I’m not completely sure. Almond flour may make it a little denser of a consistency so I would add a tiny bit more milk…like a Tablespoon more. It would be just fine, I’m sure!


  11. October 17, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    This is perfect! One of my co-workers eats gluten-free and she is always giving me her bananas from home as soon as they turn. Plus, she is out from her surgery yesterday 🙂 A-baking here I come!

    • Shan
      October 18, 2018 / 8:43 am

      Aw, how thoughtful you are, Michelle. I wish your friend well and hope that she loves your sweet baking!


  12. October 17, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE that all the ingredients are ‘normal’! I hate recipes that I have to buy special ingredients for. This is getting made at my house just as soon as a few bananas are overripe — it looks delicious!

    • Shan
      October 18, 2018 / 8:41 am

      I hear you, Amy. All the different expensive flours and odd ingredients stress me out! 🙂 Let me know what you think!


  13. October 17, 2018 / 10:57 pm

    This looks really great!! The idea it can be gluten free and still tasty is awesome!! Good work!!!

    • Shan
      October 18, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Thanks, Angie!

      much love,

  14. October 17, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    Oo I love banana bread but have yet to make it myself. I’m going to try this recipe as soon as our bananas get brown!

    • Shan
      October 18, 2018 / 8:39 am

      Yay, Sarah! Let me know what you think!

      much love,

  15. October 18, 2018 / 5:59 am

    Ohh I am going to try this recipe for my brother who is recently diagnosed with Leaky Gut meaning absolutely NO to gluten. He will be so happy if I make this for him as he is a big fan of banana bread. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Shan
      October 18, 2018 / 8:38 am

      Bless his heart, Pooja. Hope it’s a big hit with him! 😉

      much love,

  16. October 18, 2018 / 6:34 am

    My friend will be well chuffed with this. She has to have gluten free and misses banana bread so thanks for this xx

    • Shan
      October 18, 2018 / 8:38 am

      Aw, I hope it makes her day, Melanie! 😉

      much love,

  17. October 18, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Sounds delicious! Will try soon..

  18. October 18, 2018 / 8:52 am

    This looks so yummy! I have bananas that are ready for baking and my mom visits this weekend and she is gluten-free. I will have to make this for her!

    • Shan
      October 18, 2018 / 9:18 am

      Yay, how fun, Kelsey! Let me know what she thinks!


  19. October 18, 2018 / 10:34 am

    Looks delicious! I super appreciate that it’s both dairy and gluten-free <3

  20. October 18, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Yum Yum Yum! We make a very similar recipe for banana bread nearly every week! It is one of our favorites 🙂

  21. October 18, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    I love that you used normal products. That’s usually my issue with a lot of gluten free stuff, is I have never heard of the ingredients and have no idea where to get them!

  22. October 18, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    This looks beyond amazing. I really want to try it now.

  23. October 18, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I have a bunch of almost ripe bananas–I’m going to make this bread! Perfect with my morning coffee.

  24. October 18, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    This looks so yummy and so easy to bake. I have a few ripe bananas calling my name and this gluten free recipe sounds amazing.

  25. October 18, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    Yep, adding this to my try-me cook book!! Looks easy enough, now lets see if I can manage to not mess it up!!

  26. October 18, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    So the recipe IS moist?That’s good to know! What is in the GV brand GF flour? Is it almond flour (which I already have at home), or a mixture of various GF flours?

  27. October 19, 2018 / 10:25 am

    Great recipe! I remember being in LA in March and whenever we went to the gas station to pick up bits we’d buy banana bread for an in-between meals haha.

  28. Becca Wilson
    October 19, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Banana bread is one of my absolute favorites. I am definitely going to have to give this version a try.

  29. October 22, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    Though the cooking genes unfortunately skipped me, I’m sure my mom would absolutely love to try out this recipe. Plus, multiple family members are currently limiting their gluten intake so this banana bread would be a perfect way to support their dietary needs while satisfying all of our cravings. Yum!

    • Shan
      October 23, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      The cooking gene….haha you are funny. I’m sure you can do it too!!!


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