Grain-Free Banana Bread

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Author Notes: Once you are released from gluten, you find out something you didn't know when you automatically reached for that bag of all-purpose bleached wheat flour. Flours have flavors.

It's true. Flours have flavors. Quinoa flour is a little grassy, very savory. Buckwheat is nutty, sometimes toasted nutty if you use toasted buckwheat flour. Teff flour has a faint chocolate, molasses taste. If you choose the flours you use for the baked good you want to make by the ingredients you intend to stir together, you might stop thinking about gluten altogether. You'll choose the flours you have for how they can make a banana bread good enough to make small children say yum after they take their first bite. This is that banana bread.

Serves 8

  • 100 grams finely ground almond flour
  • 60 grams arrowroot powder
  • 50 grams buckwheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (we prefer grade B)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 80 grams coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe large bananas
  • 3/4 cup crushed hazelnuts
  1. Preparing to bake. Heat the oven to 375° F. Grease a 1-pound loaf pan.
  2. Mixing the dry ingredients. Whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot powder, and buckwheat flour in a large bowl. (If you want to really aerate your flour, pulse them together in the food processor before beginning to bake.) Add the baking soda and salt and whisk them all together. Set aside.
  3. Combining the wet ingredients. In another bowl, stir together the maple syrup, eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla. Mash the bananas, add them, and whisk until everything is combined well.
  4. Finishing the batter. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring as you go, a bit at a time. When all the flour has disappeared into the batter, and you can't find any more hiding at the bottom of the bowl, add the hazelnuts and stir.
  5. Baking the banana bread. Pour the banana bread batter into the greased pan. Bake until the banana bread is springy to the touch, the edges are pulling away from the pan, and the top is browned, about 45 to 60 minutes. Cool before slicing.

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about 1 month ago Steve

To "prep" ripe bananas easily: every time you have a banana that is getting too ripe, put it in the freezer-peeled or not. If peeled, put it in a freezer bag. When you are getting ready to bake, put it on the counter for an hour or two to thaw. Slice off the end of the thawed unpeeled banana, and squeeze it out like a tube of toothpaste.


4 months ago Windischgirl

This smelled wonderful and tasted delicious too! I used sliced almonds for the nuts since I had them on hand, olive oil for the coconut oil. Not too sweet , which is how I like it. The buckwheat flour added a nice complexity. Yum!


7 months ago Shari Kerr

Mine also turned out great. I added a 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, because I love the flavor combo and texture. Thank you Shauna!


8 months ago Lisa

Scrumptious! Mine turned out much darker than the photo, I don't know why, but it was delicious. It didn't need butter, but I slathered some on it anyway and made a meal of it. Several meals, actually.


10 months ago ReeceAmy

Every week I get 3 bananas in my CSA box. Every weekend I make your amazing bread and we feast on it all week! Thanks for all the effort you put into creating your recipes.
PS am so looking forward to my Kickstarter flour mix!


10 months ago scrapper

1. (of an author or company) prepare and issue (a book, journal, piece of music, or other work) for the public.

Shauna, since your recipes are published, for the public, not just for your own personal use, I think it would be doing a great service to people who have followed and loved your books from inception, if you would include both weight measurements and volume measurements in all your recipes. Yes, it's a little extra work for you as the author but it shows a tuning-in and respect for your readers.
I purchased your book, Gluten Free Girl, the moment it became available. I have made many of your recipes and purchased every other book that you and the Chef have written. But I find myself becoming increasingly irritated and aggravated by assumptions that you seem to make as far as availability of ingredients to the average person living in the average community. Most people do not live in wonderful Seattle where you can literally get anything you want as far as ingredients go. When you publish a recipe and blithely assume that everyone has a local pig farmer that they can consult about the exact cut of meat and the pigs diet, I start to roll my eyes and lose interest.

I also bake using weight measurements but most people don't. When I share a recipe with a friend who I know does not have a gram scale I am always careful to give them the approximate equivalent in a volume measurement. I realize that this is not an exact science but the recipes turn out fine and lovely even when the volume measurements are used.

We all live in a real world. Your readers, and fans, live in a wide assortment of communities. It would be much appreciated if you were able to acknowledge this fact.

Many thanks


10 months ago Kris

Poor Shauna! I was amazed to read some of the nit picky and outright aggressive comments below. People, figure out how you need to eat for 'you' and your needs. If you don't eat sugar, or meat, or dairy that's just super. But why beat someone up for being patient enough to deconstruct a much loved baked good recipe so that it's grain free? And then shares it! I have to shake my head at people who have nothing better to do than whine that a recipe wasn't custom made for them or worse: accuse a kind and well meaning person of being disingenuous.


4 months ago babs1652



over 1 year ago taryn

I made this nut-free and it is honestly the best banana bread I've ever had! I have a whole grain GF mix of equal parts buckwheat, millet, and sorghum so I used 150 grams of that in place of the buckwheat and almond. Also used tapioca instead of arrowroot because that's what I had in my fridge, and butter instead of coconut oil. I upped the butter to 90 grams to account for the lack of almonds but it may not have been necessary. I also used chocolate chips instead of hazelnuts. :) Of course, it's no longer grain free or dairy free at this point, but this recipe will definitely be my go-to for banana bread from now on. Thanks, Shauna!


over 1 year ago Lisade

Simple and delicious! Thanks for awesome recipe.


almost 2 years ago Rita

My son can't stand the taste of almonds and seems to taste it even when it's hiding amongst other flavours. Do you have any other suggestions for the almond four? Thanks.


about 1 year ago Michelle

Ground up sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds have always worked beautifully as an almond substitute.


about 1 year ago Rita

Thanks - will give it a go. Cheers


almost 2 years ago Daphne

I have made this at least five times now, and it never fails. Delicious and easy - the only "prep" is buying bananas in advance and waiting for them to ripen. Thanks for this great recipe.


almost 2 years ago Julie Hyland

Oh my yumminess!!! I was drooling reading the ingredients!!! If only I knew where to buy half of them, though!!! :( Iowa is so slow to progress!!!!!


almost 2 years ago soleilnyc

Yes, need to point out the cinnamon omission as well! Would love to know how you prefer it, Shauna!


11 months ago NoONE

I like to add grated fresh nutmeg!


almost 2 years ago Daniella Price González

Is there a substitute for arrowroot?


almost 2 years ago jillcarsonie

when you first click on the link for this recipe it calls for 1/4t cinnamon. however, when you click the "save and print" link to get the full instructions to make the bread, the cinnamon is omitted. I made the bread from that link and thus omitted the cinnamon. It was DELICIOUS, however, when I make it again I will definitely add the cinnamon!


almost 2 years ago Rebecca

Shauna, thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! We are gluten free and mostly dairy free and moving more and more towards grain free. My whole family loved this bread! My kids don't like nuts in their baked goods so I used chocolate chips instead. Oh so good!


almost 2 years ago GoodFoodie

As a follow up, I made this earlier today and brought it to a gathering. Followed the recipe pretty much to the letter except I needed to add some almonds to get to the 3/4 cup of nuts. It was a big hit, so moist and not too sweet. And 6 hours later, it's still moist and yummy. Yay!


almost 2 years ago GoodFoodie

Shauna I am thrilled that you are moving away from refined carbs in your recipes. I too am coming to the realization that I don't feel great after refined gluten free flours. And people, no one will ever confuse a nice 'sweet' bread from a savory one. Ya gotta have a little sweetness in your life!


about 2 years ago jblock

I have this recipe in the oven. Can't wait to try it. I think of the recipes on this website as a "baseline" for my own experimentaion. The fact that Shauna went to the trouble of sharing is much appreciated, and good enough for me. I will experiment with sweeteners, etc., as I see fit, and hold Shauna and her opinions and comments about such, as interesting, perhaps helpful, however, inconsequential to my personal taste, experience, and most important, free will. If one does not agree with someone's approach to a recipe, they should keep it to themselves, it takes the fun out of the whole purpose of this website! There is a place for helpful and casual comments, but, where has common courtesy gone? I say, thank you to Shauna, and I will let you know how my bread turns out!!


about 2 years ago DeliciousBaby

I have one child who is Gluten Free and two who are not. It has been tricky to find baked goods that they all enjoy. I'm happy to say that this recipe knocked the ball out of the park - I made it as mini muffins and the kids devoured the whole batch before they had time to cool.