Grain Free Banana Bread

We are really trying to cut gluten out of our diet.  So I have been experimenting with gluten free and grain free flours.  This grain free banana bread is my second recipe using coconut flour.  I think it came out pretty good!  Coconut flour can be very tricky to bake with.  You generally have to add extra moisture and also eggs to help bind.  The dates in this recipe help bind.

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One thing that is great about this recipe is that the whole thing can be made in the food processor.  It also has no added sugar.  I sweetened it with dates and bananas only.  It’s super moist and delicious!

Grain Free Banana Bread

Grain Free Banana Bread

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 15 min



  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In the food processor , mix the dates and bananas.
  3. Add in the coconut flour, eggs, almond butter, baking powder and cinnamon.
  4. Mix until everything is well combined.
  5. Spoon batter into a greased loaf pan or mini loaf pan . I used my mini loaf pan because I couldn’t seem to find my regular loaf pan .
  6. I baked mine for about 12-15 minutes.


Recipe Notes

If you are using a regular loaf pan , you will need to bake it a little longer. Wait until completely cooled before storing them in an airtight container. It should last a week or two in the fridge. You can also freeze it for longer storage. Enjoy!

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86 thoughts to “Grain Free Banana Bread”

  1. Hi, I have always found your ideas and recipes interesting and healthy - I even made the almond maple granola like hundred times as it doesn't last long in my house! I really enjoy receiving all your post and look forward to your posts. I would like to try to bake the grain free banana bread-but as I am in the UK - I find it difficult to find coconut flour - can it be substituted with whole meal flour? Would affect the nutritional value? Also what's the temperature to set for my oven - the temperature on mine on goes up to 230? My apologies for asking silly question as am just learning to bake. Thank you again for all your posts and look forward to hearing from you. Cheryl
    1. Thanks Cheryl! Is whole meal flour like whole wheat? You sure can sub that, but then the recipe will not be grain free. I think it would work out fine, but you might need to watch it in the oven because the cooking time may be different. If you are in the UK, then your oven probably is in Celsius and not Fahrenheit. So set your oven to 176. Pleas let me know how it works out!
    2. This comment was a long time ago so I don't know if this person will receive this reply but here goes...My daughter lives in Germany now, but previously in the UK as her hubby is from Scotland. When I go there I always order my own food from and have been very happy with the almond flour and coconut flour I get there. The brands are: Real Food Source certified organic microfine blanched spanish almond flour (you may be able to order it directly from their website:, and Tiana Fair Trade Organics organic fair trade coconut baking flour (their website is Hope that helps you and others in the UK.
  2. I am also a great fan of your recipes. Since I found your site I have been making a lot of them and loving them! I can not find cocounut flour where I live either. What gluten-free flour do you recommend as a substitute for the coconut flour in this recipe? I have substituted buckwheat flour for whole wheat, but since I have never used or eaten anything made with coconut flour, I have no idea what I am dealing with. Thanx. Leah
  3. Thank you so much for this post, I really want to try this! -However I have one question before I start; -do you put the almond butter into the batter or use it as a topping? Almond butter is on the ingredient list but not in the "how to". My guess is it goes in the batter, but I want to make sure before I try : ) Thanks again!
    1. Thanks for pointing that out! I just edited it. Once you get the dates and bananas mashed up, throw the almond butter in with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. I love your site and am so happy to have found recipes using coconut flour! I also love the vegan options since I am newly a vegan! Can you explain the flax egg? Thanks!
    1. Thank you! I am vegan, so I make an egg replacement with flax. To make one egg, just take 1 T flax meal + 3 T warm water. Whisk together and place it in the fridge for a minute or so. It will become gummy like an egg. :)
  5. Thank you soo much for the wonderful recipes! I am wondering what you use to grease your baking pans?
          1. Certainly makes sense! Thank you again for your response and for all you share! My husband loves "regular" banana bread. I am hoping he will like this new recipe and ask me to make it from now on! I am getting him to eat more healthy, a little at a time.
          2. I hope he likes it too. It's super moist, but the texture is slightly different from regular banana bread. Mostly because the flour is not made from grains.
  6. Hi. I am so glad that I found your blog. I have three small children and trying to be more careful about the processed foods that I feed them. I was so upset recently when I found out Dannon Oikos yogurt using crushed bugs for their food coloring!!! Ewww! Red 40 is bad enough!!! I can't wait to try a bunch of your recipes. Also, do you have some suggestions for store bought snacks that are more natural for kids? It is so hard to get away from Cheese-it's and goldfish! : )
    1. Thanks Meredith! Yes, Annie's snacks are much better than Goldfish. My daughter likes them. Nature's Path makes some pretty decent granola bars and breakfast bars too.
  7. Hi, Thanks so much for sharing all your recipes!! It's a process of retraining the brain from how I've been brought up to cook. I would love it if you could give meal planning ideas! I get stuck with not knowing what to make for meals for my family. In a pinch I find myself going to easy meals that are not so healthy. :( I have a 17 year old that likes these kinds of meals. :( It's hard to find something to make everyone happy! Also, in the banana bread recipe how do you substitute flax for the eggs. Do you add water to it?
    1. You are so welcome! To make a flax "egg" I just take 1 T flax meal + 3 T warm water. Whisk together and place in the fridge for 1 minute. Then it will get gummy like an egg. Works great. If you eat eggs, you can just use a real one.
  8. I couldn't tell when this was finished. Is coconut flour so different? It seems really thick or something. I'm wondering what I should know about baking with coconut flour and how to tell when something is cooked all the way through. By the way, I LOVE everything you post. I've never made a recipe that wasn't delicious!
    1. Yes, coconut flour produces a much different texture. It is also very different to work with. Add in the dates as a sweetener and it makes for a soft and gooey bread.
  9. These look yummy!! What is the purpose of the medjool dates in the recipe though? Because I have tons of recipes that call for them but I don't have any on hand. Are there any substitutes for them?
    1. In this recipe, I used them as a sweetener and also to help bind the bread together. I am not sure you can sub them in this recipe. I am not familiar enough with grain free baking to know for sure.
  10. You read my mind! Was looking for a banana bread recipe... THANK YOU! Because of you I have bought 25lbs of coconut flour from an online organic store. Amazing!!! I made the coconut flour pancakes and my family loved them!!!! About this recipe could I substitute raw honey for the dates if their purpose is to sweeten? And I don't have almond butter, not use to it yet... Could I substitute it with the Kerrygold butter I have from grass fed cows? I am making this tomorrow morning... Thought I'd give it a shot. Merry Christmas and thank you!
    1. I think you could probably sub honey for dates although I have never tried it. I am not familiar with kerrygold butter so I am not sure if that would work in place of almond butter. If you try either, please let me know how they work!
  11. Thanks for the recipe! I'm allergic to nuts. Is there a substitute for the almost butter. I made sunflower butter, it has such a strong flavor of rather not use it.
      1. I was thinking of using coconut butter. It would impart a strong coconut flavor tho. If you don't mind that, it would be a great substitute.
        1. It could work well in here, but coconut flour sucks up a lot of moisture, so you will most likely need to add a couple extra eggs.

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