Almond Flour Banana Bread (Paleo, gluten-free)

Almond Flour Banana Bread tastes just like the classic version: light, fluffy, slightly sweet and full of banana flavor.

By using hearty, wholesome ingredients like almond flour and unrefined sweeteners, it’s the perfect balance of healthy and delicious.

Have it plain for a snack, or toast it and spread with ghee or jam. Or warm it up and top with (Paleo) vanilla ice cream!

Plus this Paleo banana bread is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.

gluten-free banana bread sliced on a white platter with a serrated knife and green towel, sitting on a blue table runner

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Almond Flour Banana Bread

Traditional banana bread is a classic for a reason – it’s easy to make, keeps well and is a nice treat without being too sweet.

So this Almond Flour Banana Bread keeps all those characteristics but swaps out some of the traditional ingredients to make it Paleo-friendly.

Instead of flour, we’re using almond flour.

Instead of butter, we’re using palm shortening.

And instead of sugar, we’re using maple syrup.

You still get the light, fluffy, moist texture without the ingredients that can cause inflammation or spike blood sugar.

It’s perfect as is or toasted. Or for an easy and quick version of French toast, sauté slices in ghee over medium heat until the edges are caramelized and crispy.

And while I’m keeping this pretty plain and classic, see below for add-in ideas like chocolate chunks or blueberries.

 

What you need for Almond Flour Banana Bread

Ingredients:

Equipment:

healthy banana bread in a metal loaf pan on a cooling rack next to a green towel, on a blue table runner

How to make Almond Flour Banana Bread

First, please make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature. If your eggs are fridge cold, submerge them in a bowl of very warm water. If the maple syrup is cold, measuring out 1/4 cup, put the measuring glass in a bowl and fill the bowl with very warm water until it reaches the height of the maple syrup.

Heat the oven to 350°.

Line the loaf pan with parchment paper just barely coming up the long sides of the pan so it’s easy to pull out the bread. Spray the short sides of the pan with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, melt the palm shortening in the microwave, about 1 minute, and let cool.

In a medium bowl, mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher and measure out 1 cup.

In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, arrowroot, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar and cinnamon.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, melted and cooled palm shortening, vanilla extract and mashed bananas.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until thoroughly blended. The batter should be thick but pourable.

Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, until the top is dry and golden brown. (Don’t bother with a toothpick – it’ll come out clean even after 30 minutes but that doesn’t mean the bread is done yet.)

Let the bread cool to room temperature.

 

Make ahead and storage

This flourless banana bread can stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. And is it very moist, place a paper towel directly on top of the bread to absorb moisture.

The bread can also be tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.

If the bread is already sliced before freezing, place a small square of parchment paper between each slice before wrapping it up as a whole loaf.

dairy-free banana bread on a white platter with one slice smeared with ghee, all sitting on a blue table runner

Variations and substitutions

  • Add 1/2 cup of your favorite add-ins, like chocolate chips or chunks, blueberries, cacao nibs, your favorite nuts or dried fruit like raisins or chopped dried cherries.
  • Slice a ripe banana in half lengthwise, then lay the slices cut-side up on top of the batter before baking. You can also sprinkle the slices with a bit of coconut sugar for a more caramelized topping.
  • Or slice a ripe banana into thin coins and place on top of the batter before baking.
  • The cinnamon flavor here is very subtle (but don’t leave it out or the bread will taste bland). If you want a more spiced flavor, double the cinnamon. You can also add ground ginger, nutmeg and/or cardamom.
  • Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey.
  • Instead of vanilla extract, you can use vanilla paste or the seeds of 1 vanilla pod.
  • I have not tried using anything else in place of the palm shortening. If you make this with ghee, coconut oil or something else, please let me know how it turns out!

Other recipes you might like:

  1. Paleo Pumpkin Bread
  2. Paleo Apple Bread
  3. Paleo Pecan Molasses Bread
  4. Paleo Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

 

Almond Flour Banana Bread in a metal loaf pan on a cooling rack over a blue table runner, and sliced on a white platter with a serrated knife and a green towel
gluten-free banana bread sliced on a white platter with a serrated knife and green towel, sitting on a blue table runner
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Almond Flour Banana Bread (Paleo, gluten-free)

This Almond Flour Banana Bread tastes just as good as the traditional version! It's light, fluffy, moist and slightly sweet. It's the perfect snack as is, toasted, or sauteed in ghee until caramelized and crispy. Plus it's Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond flour, banana bread, dairy free, gluten free, grain free, healthy dessert, healthy snack, paleo, refined sugar free, soy free
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Don Baiocchi

Ingredients

  • cooking spray (like avocado oil spray or coconut oil spray)
  • 1/4 cup palm shortening
  • 2 cups superfine blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch/flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt (or 1 teaspoon kosher salt)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (from about 2-3 large bananas)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • First, please make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature. If your eggs are fridge cold, submerge them in a bowl of very warm water. If the maple syrup is cold, measuring out 1/4 cup, put the measuring glass in a bowl and fill the bowl with very warm water until it reaches the height of the maple syrup.
  • Heat the oven to 350°,
  • Line the long sides of a 9x5" loaf pan with parchment paper with some coming up just past the top of the pan. Spray the short sides with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, melt the palm shortening in a microwave, about 1 minute. Or you can melt it in a small saucepan over medium heat, then scrape into a small bowl. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, arrowroot, cream of tartar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.
  • In a medium bowl, use a fork or potato masher to mash the bananas until fairly smooth. Measure out 1 cup.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, melted and cooled palm shortening, vanilla and 1 cup of mashed bananas.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until smooth and well-blended. The batter should be thick but pourable. Scrape into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top into an even layer.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes, until the top is dry and golden brown. Let cool completely.

Notes

Make ahead and storage
The bread can stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. And is it very moist, place a paper towel directly on top of the bread to absorb moisture.
The bread can also be tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
If the bread is already sliced before freezing, place a small square of parchment paper between each slice before wrapping it up as a whole loaf.
 
Variations and substitutions
  • Add 1/2 cup of your favorite add-ins, like chocolate chips or chunks, blueberries, cacao nibs, your favorite nuts or dried fruit like raisins or chopped dried cherries.
  • Slice a ripe banana in half lengthwise, then lay the slices cut-side up on top of the batter before baking. You can also sprinkle the slices with a bit of coconut sugar for a more caramelized topping.
  • Or slice a ripe banana into thin coins and place on top of the batter before baking.
  • The cinnamon flavor here is very subtle (but don't leave it out or the bread will taste bland). If you want a more spiced flavor, double the cinnamon. You can also add ground ginger, nutmeg and/or cardamom.
  • Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey.
  • Instead of vanilla extract, you can use vanilla paste or the seeds of 1 vanilla pod.
  • I have not tried using anything else in place of the palm shortening. If you make this with ghee, coconut oil or something else, please let me know how it turns out!

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