Gluten-free banana bread that is moist and just as delicious as regular. No crazy ingredients needed.
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.
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.
- 120 grams / 4¼ ounces (~1½ cups) almond meal
- 100 grams (2 whole) eggs + 90 grams (3) egg whites, lightly whisked
- 2 fluid ounces / ¼ cup canola oil
- 170 grams / 6 ounces (~3/4 cup, tightly packed) light brown sugar
- 200 grams / 7 ounces (~1 cup or 2 medium) mashed ripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup blueberries, rinsed and dried
- ½ cup dark chocolate chunks
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 5x10 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
For some other easy gluten-free recipes, just check out the gluten-free tag!
I haven’t seen a banana bread with almond meal before, what a great idea. I can’t wait to try this!
Blueberry, chocolate, chunk, banana….need I say anything else? Awesome :)
This sounds delicious!!! And I just so happen to have some browning bananas!!
So lovely! :)
Love your writing here :)
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.
Yum! This looks amazing!!!
Yum, love this bread! Bananas always go bad at my house. I always mean to eat them…and never do.
This bread looks delicious! I’m such a sucker for a delicious banana bread. I especially love the addition of blueberries.
Looks absolutely delicious! I would love to try some. I love a good banana bread and your recipe looks awesome.
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!
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? :-)
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!
I’ve started freezing my brown bananas too! I peel them and throw them into a ziplock bag… also perfect for smoothies!
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!!
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. :)
Oh one of my best friends is allergic to bananas, she was the only one I knew of already!
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.
Mango sounds amazing! I think canned fruit would affect the texture too much but frozen berries could work.
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!
I’ve had very mixed luck with gluten-free baking. This looks like a winning recipe!
Blueberries and chocolate? I’m in heaven! Congrats on the top 9 :)
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.
Hahaha no judging here since that sounds like me on a regular basis:-)
Nice dessert! Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!
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!
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.
This looks amazing! I love cooking with almond meal, so I’ll definitely be trying this out. Thanks for the recipe.
This looks delicious, love the colour, best part is its gluten free.
I have a hazelnut meal that I think would sub in perfectly here! This bread looks amazing…love the blueberry and chocolate combination :)
Love that idea!
Banana bread is everywhere right now and I’m 100% okay with that :)
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.
Can yo send the bananna blueberry chocolate chunk recipe my email. Thanks!
Looks great! Love that you used almond meal for this. Thanks so much for sharing!
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.
This looks delicious – I’ve not baked with almond meal before…do you know the difference in texture to meal vs. flour? Also, you used a total of 5 eggs? Thanks for sharing!
Almond flour is more finely ground almond meal. And yes, 2 whole eggs and 3 egg whites only.