Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread {Gluten-Free}

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Gluten-free banana bread that is moist and just as delicious as regular.  No crazy ingredients needed.

Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread {Gluten-Free} from KeepItSweetDesserts.com

Besides my tight shorts, another symptom of my less than stellar gym attendance is an abundance of browning bananas in my kitchen.  They are the pre-workout snack of choice in our apartment and when they don’t get eaten it means Matt and I are slacking.

Let’s just say that this recipe and that pie are not the last banana recipes you will see for a while.  Oops.

Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread {Gluten-Free} from KeepItSweetDesserts.com

I claimed to have made this gluten-free treat for my sister, but after eating slice after slice of this surprisingly moist and flavorful banana bread, I’ll call myself out.  It may be made with almond meal, but you will not miss the flour at all.  The texture is almost spot-on and the blueberries and chocolate more than make up for anything you could possibly be missing.

Again, I chose the recipe because it is no-fuss gluten-free baking.  Some other almond-meal based desserts I’ve made include Chewy Ginger Cookies and Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread {Gluten-Free} from KeepItSweetDesserts.com

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Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread {Gluten-Free}

Serves 8-12

1 1/2 cups (4 1/4 ounces) almond meal

2 whole eggs + 3 egg whites, lightly whisked

1/4 cup canola oil

3/4 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (~2 medium bananas)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup blueberries, rinsed and dried

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 5×10 loaf pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray; set aside

In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients except for blueberries and chocolate chunks; whisk just until combined

Gently fold in blueberries and chocolate chunks

Pour batter into prepared baking pan; bake for 45-55 minutes or until top is no longer wet and a knife comes out clean from center

Allow to cool before removing from pan and slicing

Adapted from The Wannabe Chef

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Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread {Gluten-Free} from KeepItSweetDesserts.com

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38 Responses to “Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread {Gluten-Free}”

  1. Kathryn June 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    I haven’t seen a banana bread with almond meal before, what a great idea. I can’t wait to try this!

  2. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious June 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Blueberry, chocolate, chunk, banana….need I say anything else? Awesome :)

  3. Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    This sounds delicious!!! And I just so happen to have some browning bananas!!

  4. DessertForTwo June 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    So lovely! :)

    Love your writing here :)

    • admin June 26, 2012 at 6:49 am #

      Thanks, Love!

  5. Monica Matheny June 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    I have never baked anything where I substituted almond meal for flour. Sounds like a fabulous combo. Big fan of banana bread, too. Plus blueberries and chocolate? Yikes. Dangerous to have around.

  6. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts June 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Yum! This looks amazing!!!

  7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust June 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    Yum, love this bread! Bananas always go bad at my house. I always mean to eat them…and never do.

  8. Nutmeg Nanny June 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    This bread looks delicious! I’m such a sucker for a delicious banana bread. I especially love the addition of blueberries.

  9. Spencer June 26, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    Looks absolutely delicious! I would love to try some. I love a good banana bread and your recipe looks awesome.

  10. Joanne June 26, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    See, I should be eating MORE bananas but I never seem to have them around. Even when I’m working out like a crazy person. Sigh.

    I’m just going to have to buy some specifically for this. I love finding gluten free treats that dont require me to go out and buy five million other things!

  11. thelittleloaf June 26, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    The texture of this looks absolutely perfect – sticky and moist and delicious. Plus you included chocolate, blueberries and bananas so how could it be anything other than perfect? :-)

  12. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite June 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Looks delicious! I hate to admit that I just threw out a bunch of bananas that were rotting on my countertop because I couldn’t be bothered with baking anything with them :( Next time!

    • admin June 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      I’ve started freezing my brown bananas too! I peel them and throw them into a ziplock bag… also perfect for smoothies!

  13. Reem | Simply Reem June 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I really have to give this recipe a try…
    Gluten free made with almond flour is what is making this banana bread even more intriguing!!
    Delicious!!

  14. Erin @ Texanerin Baking June 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    I love the ingredients! Except the bananas, just because I’m allergic. I think it’s nice that you dabble in gluten-free baking for your sister. I do the same. It’s just fun to do something different sometimes. :)

    • admin June 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      Oh one of my best friends is allergic to bananas, she was the only one I knew of already!

  15. Lena June 27, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Have you tried it with other fruit? Do you think it would work well with canned strawberries, or would they be too moist? Otherwise brilliant recipe! Will like to try it but we don’t have blueberries out here, maybe i’ll try Mango or another tropical fruit.

    • admin June 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

      Mango sounds amazing! I think canned fruit would affect the texture too much but frozen berries could work.

  16. Kristina June 27, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Mmm… this sounds delicious!! I love blueberry and chocolate together :) I’ll have to give yours a try, I made a gluten-free banana bread a while back and it was pretty good but I think there was something about my gluten-free all-purpose flour that tasted a bit off? Have to try the almond meal!

  17. Jen @ Savory Simple June 27, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I’ve had very mixed luck with gluten-free baking. This looks like a winning recipe!

  18. Vicky June 27, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Blueberries and chocolate? I’m in heaven! Congrats on the top 9 :)

    • admin June 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Thanks, Vicky!

  19. Katie @ Oh Shine On June 27, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Dang, this stuff looks good. Like, real good. Like, I’d-rather-curl-up-on-the-couch-and-eat-4-slices-than-go-to-the-gym good. Don’t judge. This is your recipe not mine, so you clearly are doing this to me.

    • admin June 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Hahaha no judging here since that sounds like me on a regular basis:-)

  20. DB-The Foodie Stuntman June 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Nice dessert! Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

    • admin June 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Thank you!

  21. Michelle @ eatmovebalance.com June 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Looks delicious. Do you think there’s a way to omit the brown sugar? Would I need to replace it with something, or could I just leave it out? Just curious on your thoughts about that . . . Thanks!

    • admin June 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

      The bread would definitely taste and feel different without the brown sugar. If you are out, you can try making it yourself like Brandi did: http://www.branappetit.com/2012/06/27/make-your-own-brown-sugar/ or if you are looking to reduce the sugar amount I think that Splenda makes a brown sugar blend that might work.

  22. Rachel @ Bakerita June 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    This looks amazing! I love cooking with almond meal, so I’ll definitely be trying this out. Thanks for the recipe.

  23. Alessandra June 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    This looks delicious, love the colour, best part is its gluten free.

  24. Baking Serendipity June 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    I have a hazelnut meal that I think would sub in perfectly here! This bread looks amazing…love the blueberry and chocolate combination :)

    • admin June 29, 2012 at 7:57 am #

      Love that idea!

  25. Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine June 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Banana bread is everywhere right now and I’m 100% okay with that :)

  26. Cathy July 3, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    Hello Lauren
    Thanks for the blueberry chocolate chunk banana bread recipe.
    I’ll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it :)
    If you don’t mind, can you submit your blueberry chocolate chunk banana bread photo in http://www.foodporn.net ?
    It’s a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. submit by yourself and let me know when you did, so I can share it.

  27. Dawn Perry July 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Can yo send the bananna blueberry chocolate chunk recipe my email. Thanks!

  28. Joanne (Inspired Taste) July 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    Looks great! Love that you used almond meal for this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  29. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef) July 16, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    I have a similar recipe that calls for white chocolate but I’m going to give this version a try. It looks so good and the almond meal makes all the difference I think.