Gluten-free Banana Olive Oil Bread

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Bananas Still Life

I love banana bread.

Cashew Flour Still Life

I suspect everyone has taste preferences. Things especially liked and enjoyed just a bit more than something else. Something which causes you to need a little more self-control so as to not eat the whole thing. Bread is one of those foods which definitely has a preference in my opinion. Cakes and pies do too. There is a large variety of choices and overtime we develop partiality. Banana bread is a favorite of mine.

Gluten-free Flour Still Life

Awhile ago while flipping through an older issue of Bon Appétit, I stumbled upon an article claiming “the best banana bread ever”. Yum. Best of all, there was a recipe at the end. A moist banana bread sounded like just the thing I wanted to make… so I stared at the recipe a bit trying to figure how best to make it gluten-free and without granulated sugar. I also wanted to use a different kind of oil.

I was super nervous about my first attempt since I tweaked so much: flour, oil, sugar, amount of salt, etc. But oh my goodness if that bread did not look lovely once removed from the oven and taste delicious! I was so happy it was a success. And then I felt compelled (as usual) to share the recipe. I do not think anyone will regret making this bread. It is that good.

GF Banana Olive Oil Bread in Pan

I made the bread a couple more times (no sweat off my brow) to ensure it was successful, and am pleased with the results. Light brown in tone with a delicious aroma while baking. So pleasant and hearty. Not abrupt with a strong banana taste, and the olive oil is barely perceivable. Slightly dense and heavy in texture, but spared dryness.

Sliced GF Banana Olive Oil Bread

Also, I decided to use olive oil because I tend to buy large containers of the stuff (money saver) and it is often lying around. Honestly, olive oil is a usual go-to for me if I am not going to use coconut oil since it has a better tolerance for higher heating temperatures. Olive oil is also nutritionally high in monounsaturated fat, which is healthy for your heart, and Vitamins E & K. As an aside, I do buy extra virgin olive oil.

Note: I made this recipe using ripe or normal bananas, but not green. In my opinion, bananas do not absolutely have to be ripe. But I would not recommend green either. 

Gluten-free Banana Olive Oil Bread

  • Servings: makes 6-8 large slices
  • Difficulty: moderate
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A delightful banana bread that is moist and gluten-free with a secret ingredient: olive oil. Healthier alternative to the usual banana bread with granulated sugar and wheat flour.


Dry Ingredients:

  1. 1½ c. all purpose flour (I used ½ c. almond flour, ½ c. cashew flour, ¼ c. sprouted brown rice four and ¼ c. coconut flour)
  2. 1 t. baking soda
  3. 4 shakes sea salt

Wet Ingredients:

  1. 1 c. mashed bananas
  2. ½ c. olive oil
  3. 3 eggs (3 T. ground flax seed + 9 T. warm water, or egg substitute of choice – if anyone has any favorites, feel free to share in comments)
  4. 3 T. maple syrup (could use honey) – may desire more sweetener if you like sweeter bread, so just add another tablespoon


  • Preheat oven and bake at 350ºF.
  • Stir flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl to incorporate. Can sift flour, but it is not a must.
  • In a larger bowl, add wet ingredients (I recommend mashing the bananas first, measuring bananas until 1 cup, and then adding other wet ingredients), and whisk ingredients together.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients stirring well to combine. Put a little oil at bottom of bread loaf pan so as to prevent sticking and pour batter into pan. Smooth top of batter before putting in oven.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes (check for your preference of bread consistency). Let cool in pan once removed from oven for about five minutes.

GF Banana Olive Oil Bread Slice

GF Banana Olive Oil Bread Slice with PB

Can use bread to make a peanut butter sandwich, add a slice of cheese, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Very versatile due to not having an overpowering banana flavor.

GF Banana Olive Oil Bread Loaf

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