Originally published February 8, 2019. Updated July 25, 2019.
Delicious and sweet Paleo banana bread that’s only sweetened with bananas! Gluten free and can be vegan, this bread is family friendly and perfect for breakfast or a snack!
Get ready for the best banana bread you’ve ever tasted…and it’s even PALEO!
This homemade banana bread is completely gluten free, vegan, and is sweetened only with bananas.
Yes, I know! You’re probably thinking, well this won’t taste sweet at alllllll.
…and yet, this tastes like a banana bread you might pick up in your favorite bakery!
How?! Well, I’m magic 🙂 Just kidding, just kidding, it’s all in the ingredients, my friend!
How this Paleo Banana Bread came to be:
I’m actually so proud of myself because for the longest time, I didn’t have a banana bread! I know, I know…The Banana Diaries didn’t have the most crucial recipe to make it The Banana Diaries! Don’t worry, I’ve definitely made up for this delay. You’re going to be making this paleo banana bread every week, it’s that good!
Because there are so many traditional banana breads out there, and many of the paleo or gluten free banana breads contain a ton of flour, especially nut flours. So I decided to try something completely new to me.
I made this paleo banana bread with only coconut flour…that’s the only flour, I swear!
And yet the result is this moist, decadent, warming slice of gooey banana bread that will bring a smile to every eater’s face. That’s what I call magic.
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What you need for healthy banana bread:
Bananas: So obviously we’re going to start with bananas. They’re the star of the show! You’re going to need 3 very ripe bananas, preferably large-extra large (go for extra large if you like more sweetness- or feel free to add a 1/4 cup of maple syrup or sugar!).
Flaxseed or regular eggs: this recipe works with either flaxseed eggs or regular eggs!
Coconut Flour: this one is key because it’s going to absorb all of the moisture from the bananas, eggs, and nut/seed butter. I can’t say if it works for almond flour, wheat, or [insert gluten free flour here], but you’re more than welcome to try!
Nut or Seed Butter: So the beauty of this Paleo vegan banana bread is that you can make it easily nut free. One of the issues I’ve seen as a food blogger is that there aren’t enough nut free recipes for those who want to eat Paleo or vegan. Now, you can have both or all! My favorite butters for this recipe include: almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, sunflower see butter, pumpkin seed butter (very fun for fall!), or macadamia nut butter!
Chocolate chips: completely optional, but if we’re being honest, healthy banana bread is just not banana bread without chocolate chips! Add some to your paleo banana bread if that’s your style too! I highly recommend using either Lily’s Sweets Chocolate Chips or Pascha’s 100% Cacao Chips. They are amazing and for real chocolate connoisseurs. But any ol’ chips will do too!
Then we have our flavor and texture enhancers: vanilla extract, cinnamon, sea salt, baking soda, and paleo baking powder. Now for the paleo baking powder, this is a cool trick I picked up from the inter webs. There are so many websites that point to how to do it, but I really like Baker Bettie’s description on how to replace baking powder and why it works (science is kool). If you’re not strictly paleo, by all means, using your baking powder! Heck, I still use baking powder because *no labels zone* over here!
But if you want a fun science experiment, try it out!
I actually think the chemical reaction when you mix baking soda and vinegar is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Sliced banana bread 😉 HAHA! I made a joke. Okay let’s continue.
Creating the best Paleo banana bread:
What I love most about this banana bread recipe is that it is one bowl, doesn’t require anything to sit or cool, and you can just toss it (okay, not quite literally toss it) into a loaf pan and bake!
Here are the steps:
- Make sure your extra ripe bananas (if your bananas are not ripe, here’s a cool trick on how) and mash them either with a fork, a potato masher, or even a hand mixer paddle!
- Add in the remaining ingredients, save for the chocolate chips, and stir it all together.
- Fold in the chocolate chips, and then pour the batter into a loaf pan.
- Top with extra chocolate chips and banana if you desire (who doesn’t love a pretty topped banana bread?!)
So then the easy (yet always sort of the difficult part for me) is letting it bake! I say it’s difficult for me because all of the sudden, the kitchen smells amazing and I start to become impatient. Ha!
Then, ya know, let it cool for a few minutes. We don’t want any burnt fingers or mouthes, plus it will be much easier to slice your gluten free banana bread 😉
I got the stamp of approval from my mom (who is a sweets connoisseur- although she did say she likes things really sweet, so you can add in a little maple syrup if that’s your style!), Jared’s family (loved it), and Jared himself (who only likes my chocolate desserts, so THIS WAS A PROUD MOMENT!).
His jaw dropped. I’m not kidding.
Now, this easy banana bread is great not only to enjoy as a breakfast bread, but it’s perfect for meal prep, to pack in kids’ snacks at school, or even sprinkle onto homemade nice cream for dessert!
Another great way to enjoy day-old banana bread is toasting it in the oven and topping with a pat of vegan butter!
That’s why I love banana bread- it’s usually a treat that everyone, of all ages, can enjoy, and now it’s completely allergy friendly!
I hope you enjoy this banana bread recipe 🙂 It honestly has quickly become one of my go-to’s! I’ve already made it several times over! I love it with a slather of nut butter on top and a cup of coffee or sprinkled on top of banana or regular ice cream 🙂 Absolutely delicious!
I would love to hear your thoughts on what variation of banana bread you would like next and how this one went for you in the comments below. As always, I can’t wait to see your beautiful recreations on Instagram and Pinterest!
Happy Banana Bread Baking!
If you like this recipe, try these!
Paleo Vegan Double Chocolate Banana Bread
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This Paleo Banana Bread is so easy and delicious, yet tastes like a traditional version! Sweetened with banana, this gluten free banana bread can be vegan!
- 4 large overripe bananas
- 3 large flaxseed eggs or regular eggs
- 1/3 cup nut or seed butter, unsalted
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt (omit if using salted nut/seed butter)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 mixture paleo baking powder (see note), or 2 tsp regular baking powder
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a loaf pan with either coconut oil or butter.
- In a large bowl, mash bananas.
- Add in eggs, almond butter, coconut flour, vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt, baking soda, and paleo baking powder. Mix thoroughly.
- If using chocolate chips, fold in chocolate chips here.
- Pour batter into greased loaf pan and add banana coins on top if desired for decoration.
- Place in oven and bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let cool before slicing.
- To make paleo baking powder, mix 1 additional tsp baking soda with 2 tsp white vinegar in a small bowl. Let foam and add to batter.
- Category: Breads
- Method: Baking
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 129
- Sugar: 6
- Sodium: 182
- Fat: 6
- Saturated Fat: 2
- Carbohydrates: 16
- Fiber: 4
- Protein: 5
Keywords: Paleo banana bread, vegan banana bread, gluten free banana bread, healthy banana bread, no sugar added, dairy free