The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread! EASY to make with perfect texture and delicious flavor! Sure to become your go-to gluten-free banana bread recipe!

The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Is there anything better than a piece of warm banana bread slathered in butter? Dreamy. Everyone needs a go-to banana bread recipe!

Since going gluten-free I have tried a TON of banana bread recipes. Over the years I’ve decided my Mom’s recipe from growing up – tweaked to be made gluten-free – is my very favorite.

It is moist with the perfect amount of sweetness and banana flavor. Not to mention an ideal texture that is not crumbly, mushy or gummy like gluten-free baked goods can often be. Whenever I have brown bananas on my counter this is hands down my favorite thing to make!

This recipe has a few tricks so you get soft, moist, easy-to-slice and completely delicious gluten-free banana bread every time.

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How to Make Gluten-Free Banana Bread

When it comes to gluten-free baking I’ve learned a few tricks over the years. Lately I’ve been loving using King Arthur Flour Measure-for-Measure Flour in gluten-free recipes (not sponsored – just my favorite!).

I also like to add a little almond flour for delicious flavor and browning. A touch of almond flour is also my secret to The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.

This banana bread has one unusual ingredient – palm shortening.  Palm shortening (or regular shortening if you prefer) gives this banana bread an irresistible crumb and texture. A tub of palm shortening will keep at room temperature in your pantry for many months. I always keep a tub of it around to make this banana bread when we have brown bananas! The palm shortening helps this loaf turn out easy-to-slice and cooked all the way through.

This banana bread is such a great base recipe! I love it a classic banana bread loaf, but if you want to add in mix-ins go for it! You can add 1/2 cup of the following:

  • chocolate chips
  • chopped walnuts
  • chopped pecans
  • blueberries
  • coconut

My kids are a huge fan of making this banana bread an extra special treat with the additional of chocolate chips. This recipe also doubles great. It takes about 2 1/2 bananas per loaf. So if you have 5 over-ripe bananas sitting around make two loaves! Nobody at my house complains when I do that!

Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

Good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour blend: Use one that contains xanthan gum. I like this King Arthur Flour Measure-for-Measure Flour in gluten-free recipes (not sponsored – just my favorite!)

Almond flour: Add a little almond flour for delicious flavor and browning

Palm shorteningPalm shortening (or regular shortening if you prefer) gives this banana bread an irresistible crumb and texture

A splash of milk: A few tablespoons of milk (or almond milk) help keep this banana bread perfectly moist

Mix-ins!: Add any mix-ins like chocolate chips, nuts or blueberries that you like! The possibilities are endless. You can use up to 3/4 cup of any mix-in.

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The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread


  • Author: Erin Collins
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 50-60
  • Total Time: -25706224.3833 minute
  • Yield: 1 loaf

Description

The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread! EASY to make with perfect texture and delicious flavor! 


Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

Other:

  • 1/3 cup shortening (I use palm shortening)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2-3 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, blueberries or chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Mash the bananas together in a small bowl.

In a large bowl, add the shortening and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy and combined. Add the eggs, vanilla and almond milk and beat for 1-2 minutes until light and combined.

Add the 1/2 the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Add half the bananas and mix to combine. Repeat with the other 1/2 dry ingredients and bananas. (Adding them alternately helps the batter hydrate.) Fold in any mix-ins with a spatula.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Cool for five minutes in the pan. Gently turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely. Enjoy! Store covered at room temperature.