Who knew banana bread was such a hot button issue?! I asked my followers on Facebook if they like their banana bread with or without nuts and it was just about split down the middle. You can still go make your voice known over on my page. What prompted this deep discussion on this age-old bread was a stack of overripe bananas laying on my counter that I need to make something into. I know a lot of people just throw them away, but I encourage you not too. If you don’t have the time to make a smoothie or banana walnut bread with them, peel them and throw them in a freezer bag for later. You will use them!
Whether you use nuts or not, banana bread is a classic! If I make it for friends, I always ask or just leave out the nuts. This recipe does use almond flour so you can just substitute the gluten-free flour for the whole thing. I love the texture that almond flour gives baked goods. If you aren’t eating gluten-free, you can substitute regular all-purpose flour for all the flour listed in the recipe.
- 1 cup gluten free baking flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
- ¾ cup finely ground almond flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (gluten free)
- 3 eggs
- 3 ripe mashed bananas or 1½ cups of mashed bananas
- ½ cup walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 10 inch loaf pan with parchment or grease it well.
- Combine the flours, baking powder, ground chia, and salt.
- Add the brown sugar, whisking into the dry ingredients until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, oil, vanilla extract and mashed bananas.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, combining with a rubber spatula until the flour is combined.
- Fold in walnuts.
- Pour into the loaf pan.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes.
This banana bread is so super moist. It’s perfect to wake up to and enjoy over a cup of coffee! That just makes me happy thinking about it.
You would never know that it’s missing gluten or dairy!
Don’t forget to pin this for later! I hope you enjoy!
Author: Betsy Ramirez
Betsy is a registered dietitian/nutritionist, homeschool mom, & fairy tale junkie, who loves getting crafty. Being on my bike and lifting weights are my therapy. Thinking outside the box is my jam!