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Simple-to-make Gluten Free Banana Bread

This is the best and easiest gluten free banana bread recipe you’ll ever make. This homemade gluten free banana bread, also known as a quick bread, is moist and super flavorful. You can also make it in one bowl for your convenience. It’s perfect for a quick breakfast, brunch, or tasty snack.

Easy gluten free banana bread for breakfast

Simple-to-make Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe

One of the very first recipes I posted when I started this blog was for classic gluten free banana bread. At the time, I thought it was amazing. Over time, I slowly continued to adapt it and it has evolved into one of my very favorite quick breads and the best one ever.

How can I make that claim you ask? This bread is so. incredibly. moist. And flavorful, yet simple to make! You probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry!

When you take it out of the oven, the freshly baked banana bread aroma will make your kitchen smell amazing! You won’t believe that this banana bread is actually gluten-free, and I bet others won’t be able to tell that it is.

It makes for a delicious breakfast option that even those picky eaters will love. And it’s versatile. Like nuts? Then add them! Don’t like nuts? then just leave them out! You can even make gluten free banana nut muffins based off this recipe, with just a few slight modifications.

A tasty, delightful gluten free quick bread

Gluten Free banana bread is a type of quick bread, so if you are a big fan, you should try my cookbook: The Gluten-Free Quick Breads Cookbook. There are 75 kinds of quick breads to make- so make sure to tell me what your favorite ones are!

My simple-to-make gluten free banana bread recipe really helped get What The Fork off the ground and running and is extremely popular among my family, friends and of course, you the readers!

The base of this recipe helped me develop the recipes for my double chocolate banana bread and my gluten free pumpkin banana bread. Do you have a sourdough starter laying around? Try making my gluten free sourdough banana bread! I’ve also got several other versions of this simple banana bread recipe that I haven’t shared on my blog yet – all from this one delicious base recipe.

GF banana bread up close in a bread pan

I’ve mentioned before how I always ALWAYS have over-ripe bananas. It’s a blessing and a curse. I will only eat bananas when they’re just barely ripe, even still a bit green around the top and bottom. As soon as there’s even just one little speck of brown, it’s too ripe so I’ll let them sit until they’re ripe enough to bake with. I feel like I’m always baking with bananas!

That’s not always a bad thing though. That means I’ve baked dozens upon dozens of this super moist banana bread over the years. And even with all those homemade banana breads, we still haven’t gotten sick of it. We’ve eaten it for breakfast, brunch, and as a quick tasty snack! That just goes to show just how good this easy quick bread is!

Key Ingredients for this simple banana bread recipe from scratch

  • 2 Cups all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/3 Cup avocado oil or canola oil
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2/3 Cup unsweetened coconut milk or regular milk
  • 1 Cup mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Equipment Needed

How to make the Best Gluten Free Banana Bread in 8 simple steps

Note: **Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit**

Sharon’s 8 tips for making moist Gluten Free banana bread

  1. I recommend making sure the ingredients that you use are at room temperature.  They will mix better and bake more evenly when you allow them to be at room temperature.
  2. Allow your oven to preheat fully!  Let it preheat an extra 5-10 minutes to make sure it’s up to temperature.  If you’re not sure how accurate your oven is, you can get a cheap oven thermometer.  
  3. Two medium-sized banana equals 1 cup. 
  4. Be sure to let the banana bread cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack. If you allow it to cool, it will help retain its moisture and also not fall apart on you!
  5. Use Ripe Bananas: Find some ripe bananas with brown spots on the skin. Overripe bananas are definitely sweeter, softer, and much easier to mash. This will make for perfect flavor!
  6. Mash bananas thoroughly: Mash the bananas thoroughly with a fork or even a potato masher if you have one. If you make it nice and smooth banana flavor will distribute more evenly throughout the batter and ultimately make for a tasty bread!
  7. Do not overmix: When combining the wet and dry ingredients, mix until just combined. Overmixing can make for a dense bread.
Up close view of a freshly baked gluten free banana bread from scratch

What type of flour blend is recommended?

  1. Try my nightshade free gluten free flour mix. I’ve had a lot of success with this blend and you can store it for months in an air-tight container.
  2. Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour works well for this recipe.
  3. King Arthur Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour.  Another solid option!

How to measure your GF flour properly

I highly recommend you follow and sign up for this free guide on how to properly measure your flour.  It’s so important to measure the proper way.  It will make your recipes much more likely to come out properly.  You’ll be happy to read this guide!

How to make this Gluten Free banana bread recipe dairy-free

Yes, for sure!  The only modification you need to really make is to use coconut milk instead of regular milk.  This recipe calls for oil instead of butter so no worries there!  You’d never know this moist banana bread is gluten free and also can be easily made dairy free!

Stacked GF banana bread with nuts

Gluten Free Banana Bread healthier options:

You could try substituting more brown sugar for less granulated sugar. Also, you can substitute some honey instead of using granulated sugar. Pure maple syrup could be used as a sweetener as well.

Looking for more protein and more moisture? You could add a bit of greek yogurt as well. Do you have other suggestions? I’d love to hear them so let me know in the comments down below!

Helpful tips on freezing gf banana bread

There are a couple of options to save this one bowl banana bread recipe for later in the freezer.  You can freeze the whole loaf wrapped up in plastic wrap and then store inside of a gallon freezer bag. 

Or, you can slice up the banana bread loaf into individual slices and freeze each one separately for a quick grab and go!  Either option is great and makes life so much easier!

Homemade, moist gluten free banana bread you’ll love

I’ve also made this recipe many, many times with regular flour and regular milk. I often make this for my husband’s grandparents and my next door neighbor that way since they don’t have to eat gluten free or dairy free. It’s really great that way too so if you don’t have to eat gluten free, you don’t have to pass on this recipe!

And just for the record, I think I might subconsciously buy too many bananas all the time just so I have an excuse to make this best ever banana bread all the time. Enjoy!

A stack of 3 slices of freshly baked banana bread gluten free

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Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread {Dairy-Free Option}

4.75 from 176 ratings
My favorite gluten free banana bread – this recipe is unbelievably easy to make, moist and flavorful.  It can also be made dairy free!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
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  • 2 Cups all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/3 Cup avocado oil or canola oil
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2/3 Cup unsweetened coconut milk or regular milk
  • 1 Cup mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Break up any clumps of brown sugar if necessary. Stir in the chopped walnuts.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, milk, mashed banana, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean. Cooking time will vary depending on your oven - mine is usually done around 55 minutes.
  • Cool the bread in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes then remove from the pan and cool completely on the cooling rack. To store, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in a zip-lock bag. It will stay fresh up to 3 days. This bread also freezes well.


Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg


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Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.

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  1. Faith says:

    5 stars
    Deeeelicious! I put chocolate chips in mine, and it was a huge hit with my family!

  2. Sandhya S says:

    Gluten Free Banana Bread was a hit with my family! Moist, flavorful, and totally delicious!

  3. Dian says:

    Hi can i use Bob’s red mill (the red bag) instead of 1 to 1 baking flour? And do i have to omit xantham gum? I really need your answer and thank you 🙏🏻

    • Shay says:

      You can but you will have to use xanthan gum with that flour since it’s not already mixed into the flour blend. However, I recommend using a more neutral tasting gluten free flour blend that doesn’t contain bean flour.

  4. Brooke says:

    Awesome banana bread! I omit the walnuts because I never seem to have them on hand and the loaf comes out spectacularly. My non-gf boyfriend requests this recipe every week. Great job!

  5. Anna says:

    Finally got a chance to try this recipe (2 kiddos with celiac disease) and it was PERFECT! I used the Bobs Red Mill 1 to 1 flour so I was able to omit the xanthum gum, I honestly can’t tell it’s gluten free. So good. Thank you for this recipe!!

  6. Debbie says:

    I dont like Bob’s flours. Can I use a blend of almond, brown rice and tapioca flours in this banana bread??

  7. Jill says:

    Any suggestions on how long to bake this if I turn it into muffins instead of bread?

  8. Kelly says:

    This was not bad. I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1, so I appreciated the note NOT to use the xanthum gum. The texture was a bit different, but overall I would make it again. I baked it until it reached an internal temp of 205. My daughter, who I made it for, really liked it.

  9. Kim Vidal says:

    Thank you for this recipe. This was the best banana bread, better than any other I’ve made.

    • Shay says:

      Thanks Kim, so glad you enjoyed it! I wrote an entire chapter in The Gluten Free Quick Bread Cookbook based off of this recipe – I’d love for you to check it out!

  10. Deirdre Hill Brown says:

    5 stars
    Oh! FABULOUS!!! I have made this delicious Banana Bread 4 times now and every time—Perfect!!! 🙂
    My Mom is not Gluten-Free, and I have brought her several slices, several times and she loves it too!
    Thank you………thank you!! 🙂

  11. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    Can you use gluten free flour premade from the store? I’m thinking of making it for a friend who needs a GF meal.

    • Sharon says:

      You can, I would recommend Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour (in the blue bag). If the blend you get (like the Bob’s Red Mill I suggested) contains xanthan gum, omit the amount I called for in the recipe.

  12. Emily Merrill says:

    5 stars
    Can you recommend a brown sugar substitute? I’m trying to use refined sugar alternatives whenever possible. Thank you so much!

  13. Pauline cook says:

    5 stars
    Made this banana bread yesterday, for my gluten free grand children.
    I was amazed at how it looked just like one made with reg. Flour.
    It tastes great as well ! Thanks!

  14. Twinkle says:

    5 stars
    In banana bread recipe can we replace granulated sugar with jaggery

  15. AB says:

    It is definately the best banana bread that does not become too dense after the first day. I used buttermilk and added some lemon zest along with a few raisins. Next time I will use half the amount of sugar as it was a bit too sweet.
    Thank-you for sharing your recipe.

  16. Christina says:

    Can this be made in a bread machine?

  17. Shay says:

    Sharon, yours is my Go-To GF banana bread recipe. My grandmother still doesn’t know it’s GF when I serve her your recipe. :)) Thankful for your site !!

  18. Debbie says:

    Can i use coconut palm sugar for both sugars

    • Sharon says:

      I haven’t tried it but I think it should work since it’s a pretty moist bread. If anything, you may need to add a couple tablespoons of extra milk but you might not need to.

  19. Joanna says:

    Very good bread! I used only half of the sugar and substituted coconut sugar for brown and regular sugar. Still bread came out sweet. Next time I will try to use even less sugar. I guess that depends on the personal taste. Denifitely a keeper!

  20. Sissie says:

    My daughter also has allergies to eggs. Will applesauce change the outcome of this bread success?


  21. Karina says:

    I made this last night and it is ah-mazing!!!! I have tried many gluten free recipes, only to be disappointed by the results. Finally, one that works. Popped out of the pan with ease, cooked evenly, moist and delicious! Thank you and I will be trying out more of your recipes.

  22. Karen says:

    This looks Awesome. I will be trying it soon. One question though… Where can I get that loaf pan?? ????

  23. Vanessa says:


    I am also new to gluten free, but I’m wondering if I can use corn starch instead of the xanthan gum as I’ve read online it is a good substitute. I’d also like to use almond milk instead of the coconut milk. Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Vanessa – I haven’t heard of cornstarch acting as a replacement for xanthan gum. I would not recommend trying that in this recipe as the xanthan gum really helps the gluten free flours bind together to act like wheat flour. As far as almond milk goes, that’s up to you. I prefer baking with unsweetened coconut milk because I don’t like the nutty taste that almond milk lends to baked goods. For me, it overpowers the flavors of whatever it is I’m baking and makes everything taste nutty. I find that unsweetened coconut milk does not give baked goods a coconut flavor.

  24. Tara says:

    I am new to GF – the GF flour blend that I have contains xanthan gum. Do I still need to add what the recipe calls for? TIA

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Tara – thanks for visiting my blog! If your flour blend contains xanthan gum, you can omit the amount I called for in this recipe 🙂

  25. Josie says:

    5 stars
    It’s in the oven right now and the kitchen smells amazing! I am sure it’s a success! Banana, coco milk, wonderful mix!

  26. Shirley says:

    I’m new to GF. What is xanthan gum and where do I find it? Also, can coconut oil be subbed for the avocado?

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Shirley – I haven’t tried this recipe with coconut oil, but if you prefer it you can use melted coconut oil. It will change the taste of the banana bread though. Xanthan gum is necessary in a lot of gluten free baking recipes to help the flours bind together. You can usually find it in the gluten free section at your grocery store. If your store doesn’t carry it, you can get it on Amazon (affiliate link): (I use Bob’s Red Mill).