Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe Image Teri Gruss
2013 (c) Teri Lee Gruss
  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 55 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf, Serves 8

This luscious gluten-free banana bread recipe is infused with lemon syrup and Fiori di Sicilia, an out-of-this-world Italian flavor combination. (At the end of this recipe find my version of "Homemade Fiori di Sicilia," and be sure to use gluten-free citrus extracts and vanilla.)

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup amaranth flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 3/4 teaspoon​ xanthan gum
  • 3/4 teaspoon guar gum
  • 1 tablespoon GF baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dry buttermilk powder (or dairy-free substitute)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) softened, unsalted butter (or 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light olive oil)
  • 3 large mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Fiori di Sicilia (or vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • For the Lemon Syrup:
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1​ tablespoon lemon zest (Zest of one lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon GF vanilla extract (I use Sonoma Syrup Company™ No. 4- Vanilla Extract "Crush")
  • 1/2 teaspoon GF lemon extract (or flavoring)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Lightly butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan, preferably a heavy gauge metal pan.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk all dry ingredients until thoroughly blended.
  4. Mash bananas in a medium mixing bowl.
  5. Place eggs softened butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until fluffy. Add mashed bananas and water.
  6. Add dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix just until blended.
  7. Use a large spatula to scrape the banana bread batter into prepared pan.
  1. Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reads 205° (or until a clean knife inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean). The top of the loaf will be deep golden brown.

Make the lemon syrup

  1. While the banana bread is baking bring lemon juice, sugar, and lemon zest to boil in a medium-size, heavy saucepan.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. When the banana bread is done, use a wooden skewer or small knife to poke holes in the top of the loaf. This allows the lemon syrup to penetrate into the bread.
  5. Remove lemon zest from syrup and pour the syrup evenly over the top of the warm loaf.
  6. When the bread is cool serve or refrigerate overnight for more intense flavor. Freezes well.

Tips: Omit sorghum flour and use 1 cup white rice flour for a lighter banana bread. Lemon syrup is optional.​

Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 409
Total Fat 20 g
Saturated Fat 9 g
Unsaturated Fat 8 g
Cholesterol 83 mg
Sodium 548 mg
Carbohydrates 55 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 5 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)