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Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


2 loaves (12 pieces each)

This gluten-free banana bread recipe isn't dry and crumbly—it tastes like the real thing. I hope you try it! —Gladys Arnold, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4-5 medium)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, bananas, sugar, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Transfer to 2 greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Gluten-Free Banana Bread Tips

What’s the best gluten-free flour for baking?

When you’re looking for an easy way to make your favorite bakes gluten-free, a gluten-free blend is the way to go. These flours combine several gluten-free ingredients like rice flour and potato starch. Look for brands that you can use cup-for-cup, like King Arthur Measure for Measure or Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Flour. You can also make your own gluten-free flour mix!

Does gluten-free flour bake differently?

Baked goods without gluten will bake differently than their counterparts without gluten. The final product may have a more crumbly texture because of the lack of proteins helping the structure of the bake. With a little practice and testing, you can make the most of your favorite baked goods with gluten-free flour. Here are some gluten-free baking recipes we’ve tried and tested for you!

How do you make banana breads for other diets?

Banana bread is an easy recipe to adjust for any diet. We even compared our most popular banana bread recipe with a few different variations: vegan banana bread, healthier banana bread, and this gluten-free banana bread recipe. Read up on the results of our banana bread test to choose which recipe is best for you, or make your own alterations to create a new favorite!

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Gluten-Free Recipe
Read all ingredient labels for possible gluten content prior to use. Ingredient formulas can change, and production facilities vary among brands. If you're concerned that your brand may contain gluten, contact the company.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 140 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.