This gluten-free banana bread is also dairy-free and one of my favorite recipes. Not only is is moist, light and delicious, but is is so reliable. I am not a trained baker and sometimes I mess things up. But this recipe never fails me.
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Banana Bread Toppings
This gluten-free banana bread is great on its own but adding some different flavors can’t hurt, right? Here are a few super easy recipes to top this bread and make it a show stopper at a Sunday brunch.
- Peanut Butter Glaze – Salty peanut butter is yummy with banana and cinnamon. Place 1/4 c peanut butter and 3 Tbsps cream in a microwave-safe bowl, heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. If it is melted and smooth, it’s done. Otherwise, microwave for 15-20 seconds more and stir. Drizzle over the cooled loaf.
- Strawberry Sauce – My easy strawberry sauce recipe is a perfect sweet and tangy topping for sweet banana.
- Orange Glaze – Combine 6 Tbsps powdered sugar with 2 1/2 tsp orange juice and the zest of one orange. This one is my favorite!
I have used several different gluten-free flour blends for this banana bread and they all worked well. My custom blend of is my favorite. I prefer to mix up my own blend as a cost saver. Store-bought gluten-free flour can be very pricy. See the notes in the recipe for a super simple DIY gluten-free flour blend or my blog post on gluten-free flours.
I tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour. Several other gluten-free flours for baking will work. Cup4Cup (contains dairy) and Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend are similar to King Arthur’s and will work well. All of these flours are certified gluten-free. If you one of these, or a flour blend that contains xanthan gum, guar gum or inulin (binders), omit the xanthan gum called for in the recipe.
Because the banana adds richness and moisture this recipe is dairy-free.
As always with banana bread, be sure that the bananas are very ripe with lots of brown on the skin. The more brown the banana, the more flavor. I use a masher to puree the banana. If you prefer that there are no chunks of banana, use an immersion blender or hand mixer to get it very smooth.