Gluten-Free, Lower-Carb Banana Bread

Banana Bread With Walnuts

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Total Time: 60 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Servings: 12 (1 slice each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

171 calories
13g fat
11g carbs
6g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 (1 slice each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 244mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 6g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 116mg 9%
Iron 72mg 400%
Potassium 123mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

There are lots of variations for gluten-free banana bread including those using coconut flour. The problem with coconut flour is that it tends to soak up moisture from the air making the bread unpleasantly wet after two or three days. Almond meal is a great gluten-free and grain-free alternative for banana bread.

Some say bananas are a high-sugar fruit and not a good choice for a low-carb diet. You can use banana flavoring instead of real fruit if you like, but you're missing out on the fiber and valuable nutrients, like potassium, if you do. Fiber supports your digestive system by improving gut motility and helping to prevent constipation. And the potassium in bananas can help you to maintain healthy blood pressure, especially when paired with a low-salt diet.


  • 3 medium ​​bananas (very ripe)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbsps oil
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Heat oven to 350F.

  2. Lightly coat a 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

  3. Roughly mash the bananas, and spoon into a 2-cup measuring cup. The banana should be about a cup, but the exact measurement isn't important. The key is to ensure that all the wet ingredients together total 2 cups.

  4. Add the eggs and oil to your measuring cup. Stir with a fork to blend. Then finish filling the cup to the 2-cup line with water.

  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond meal, baking powder, and salt until well blended.

  6. Add the wet ingredients from the measuring cup to the dry ingredients and beat for 2 to 3 minutes or just until well combined.

  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.

  8. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the bread and invert it onto the rack. Turn bread on its side to cool completely before slicing.

Variations and Substitutions

Most people who enjoy banana bread also enjoy bananas. But if you want to try an alternative fruit, give applesauce a try. Find a brand that includes wholesome ingredients and less added sugar or make your own at home. Then substitute an equal amount of applesauce for the mashed banana. You can also use applesauce instead of eggs to make this recipe vegan.

Try experimenting with delicious add-ins. Add chocolate chips to your banana bread. Berries such as blueberries or raspberries also make a great addition. Or stir in walnuts or pecans.

You can also try a different method to make a quick bread like this one. There are three main methods of mixing quick bread:

  • Muffin method: The dry ingredients and wet ingredients are mixed separately and then combined quickly. The fat is usually in liquid form like oil. This recipe is an example of the muffin method of quick bread making.
  • Creaming method: In this case, the fat (usually butter or margarine) is whipped or creamed together along with the eggs until light and fluffy. Then the other ingredients are added.
  • Biscuit method: Chilled fat, like butter or lard, is cut into the flour before liquids are added.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • If you have a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, use it as this makes it easier to measure the wet ingredients.
  • When choosing bananas for this recipe be sure to grab fruit that is ripe and soft. It will add sweetness and moisture to the bread.
  • Serve banana bread with yogurt or a glass of milk. A warm slice of banana bread is also delicious when topped with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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