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Gluten Free Banana Bread | Gluten and Dairy Free Recipe

Updated on May 13, 2014

Try this simple gluten-free banana bread that uses coconut and almond flours instead of wheat. This gluten and dairy free recipe includes coconut oil and coconut milk, creating a moist and flavorful banana bread.

And as an added bonus, it makes your house smell amazing!


How Long is This Going to Take?

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 1 loaf

Coconut Flour

Almond Flours

Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour, 16-ounce (Pack of 4)
Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour, 16-ounce (Pack of 4)

I usually make my own almond flour, but this is the one I've used in the past.



  • 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, flax seed meal, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut oil, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, and honey.
  4. Stir bananas into the egg mixture.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Stir well. Fold in chopped walnuts if you choose to use them.
  6. Spread batter evenly into a well-greased bread pan.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Almond Flour and Flax Seed Meal: Buy Prepared or Make Your Own

I grind my own almond flour, which is pretty simple. I describe that more, along with other options, in this gluten-free pancake recipe hub.

Flax seed meal adds a little bit more density to your gluten-free banana bread without turning it into a brick. This product may be purchased prepared or you can grind the seeds yourself.

Whole flax seeds are offered in virtually every store that has a bulk section. This is a cheaper and fresher alternative. I have a coffee grinder that I use specifically for making almond flour and flax meal.

It helps to use a whisk or blender to combine the almond flour, coconut flour, and flax seed meal. This breaks down the clumps that tend to form from the oils.


Baking With Coconut Oil and Raw Honey

Coconut oil and raw honey are excellent ingredients to have on hand for your gluten and dairy free recipes. You can use coconut oil as a healthy substitute for vegetable oil, and raw honey provides a nice flavor and sweetness that allows you to use less sugar in your recipes.

It's a good idea to get your ingredients to room temperature so that the coconut oil doesn't solidify a little and end up in tiny chunks. That can be a bit frustrating, although I haven't found it to ruin any recipes when it does happen.

Raw honey is great to use as a sweetener because it hasn't been processed or refined, and unlike table sugar it contains beneficial nutrients. Raw honey is also useful for other things, too, like for speeding the healing of cuts and as a natural antibiotic.

Gluten Free Banana Bread: You Won't Miss the Wheat!

When you spread the batter into the bread pan, use a wooden spoon to form it into a bread shape. As you can see in the photo, I just spread it so that it is a little lower on the edges. It rises a bit, but not as much as conventional flour quick bread.

Your friends and family will love this gluten free banana bread, even if they don't follow a gluten-free diet. You may also like some of the other gluten and dairy free recipes I have listed below. Enjoy!


Gluten-Free Banana Bread

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I know what you mean! This is a good recipe, but I've since tweaked it to make it even better. My anti-GF husband loves it:

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Fiona 4 years ago from South Africa

      This loaf looks great - I tried a gluten-free recipe but the loaf came out flat and hard. (Not good)

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thank you, Sharicey! I don't mind--I follow a Primal diet, so I include some dairy from grass-fed cows and organic yogurt I make at home. I also have white rice now and then. I like Jasmine white rice in my bone stock with veggies. Other than that, just meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables.

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      Sharice 5 years ago from Rhode Island

      I'm loving your hub recipes! Another one I gotta try! Just curious are you also following a primal/paleo diet or are you just completely grain free?(if you don't mind me asking).

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thanks and you're welcome! I hope you enjoy it.

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      pruntcess 5 years ago from NY

      Wow, this recipe looks great! I'm gonna have to try this! Thanks for sharing it!