The Best Paleo Banana Bread {gluten free + paleo}

This recipe for the best paleo banana bread is made with ripe bananas, almond flour, tapioca flour, and sweetened with maple syrup so it is refined sugar free! Perfect texture, tender crumb, moist, and oh-so-healthy. Plus the batter is mixed in the blender for minimal dishes and easy clean up (instructions for mixing in a bowl are also included in the recipe below). 


 
Friends! Finally the recipe for the best paleo banana bread is ready to be shared with the world. If you follow along regularly with Nyssa’s Kitchen you might know that I am not the most skilled baker. It’s something that I ENJOY doing, but I’ve never really had the knack for creating my own baking recipes.

So when I decide to share a recipe for a baked good with you all, I test it at least (what feels like) a million times. Because getting it right is important. Especially when it’s something as yummy and esteemed (treasured) as banana bread.

So I’ve been working on this recipe for at least a month, probably literally made 12 loaves (friends and co-workers are all loving us and our banana bread gifts), to get it just right. And we’ve made it. The recipe is ready and I cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on this banana bread. It’s tender, moist, the perfect texture, just the right amount of sweet, and SO GOOD. Or as the name proclaims, the best 😉

This recipe for the best paleo banana bread is made with ripe bananas, almond flour, tapioca flour, and sweetened with maple syrup so it is refined sugar free! Perfect texture, tender crumb, moist, and oh-so-healthy. Plus the batter is mixed in the blender for minimal dishes and easy clean up (instructions for mixing in a bowl are also included!)

So what the banana bread it made out of?

Here are the ingredients for the best paleo banana bread

 

  • Ripe bananas
  • Eggs
  • Avocado oil, melted coconut oil, or melted ghee (any of these will work just fine)
  • Maple syrup
  • Almond flour
  • A little bit of tapioca flour
  • Cinnamon (<– always belongs in banana bread, amirite?)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sea salt
  • Baking soda
  • Some nuts, seeds, and flaky sea salt for the top if you like – I usually put some pumpkin seeds and walnuts for the right amount of crunch. And sea salt is not at all necessary but does add something special. You could also make with some chocolate chunks, or just leave it a blank slate.
This recipe for the best paleo banana bread is made with ripe bananas, almond flour, tapioca flour, and sweetened with maple syrup so it is refined sugar free! Perfect texture, tender crumb, moist, and oh-so-healthy. Plus the batter is mixed in the blender for minimal dishes and easy clean up (instructions for mixing in a bowl are also included!)

This recipe for the best paleo banana bread is made with ripe bananas, almond flour, tapioca flour, and sweetened with maple syrup so it is refined sugar free! Perfect texture, tender crumb, moist, and oh-so-healthy. Plus the batter is mixed in the blender for minimal dishes and easy clean up (instructions for mixing in a bowl are also included!)
 

how to make the best paleo banana bread

 

You have two options for mixing the batter for this paleo banana bread. You can use either:

  • A blender / food processor
  • A big mixing bowl

I usually opt for the blender / food processor option because the batter comes together in a SNAP and that just makes the recipe all the more easy to put together, but if you don’t have one or prefer to mix by hand that will also work.

I’ve included instructions for both options in the recipe below.

Once the batter is ready, I recommend both greasing the pan AND lining it with parchment paper that is long enough to hang over the sides of the pan. If you do this you can easily lift the banana bread right out of the pan once it’s done baking.

This recipe for the best paleo banana bread is made with ripe bananas, almond flour, tapioca flour, and sweetened with maple syrup so it is refined sugar free! Perfect texture, tender crumb, moist, and oh-so-healthy. Plus the batter is mixed in the blender for minimal dishes and easy clean up (instructions for mixing in a bowl are also included!) This recipe for the best paleo banana bread is made with ripe bananas, almond flour, tapioca flour, and sweetened with maple syrup so it is refined sugar free! Perfect texture, tender crumb, moist, and oh-so-healthy. Plus the batter is mixed in the blender for minimal dishes and easy clean up (instructions for mixing in a bowl are also included!)
 
Honestly the hardest part of making the banana bread is waiting for it to bake 😂 To make sure that it bakes evenly and all the way through you should plan to give it 1 hour to an hour and 20 minutes in the oven – depending on the pan you’re using and your oven.

After 1 hour you can check it by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it comes out totally clean and dry, and the middle of the loaf is firm to the touch, then it’s done. If not, pop it bake in the oven for anywhere from another 5 to 20 minutes.

Allow it to cool every so slightly before lifting out of the pan and slicing, and enjoyyyy!

This recipe for the best paleo banana bread is made with ripe bananas, almond flour, tapioca flour, and sweetened with maple syrup so it is refined sugar free! Perfect texture, tender crumb, moist, and oh-so-healthy. Plus the batter is mixed in the blender for minimal dishes and easy clean up (instructions for mixing in a bowl are also included!) Print

The Best Paleo Banana Bread {gluten free + paleo}


  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 8 servings 1x

Description

This recipe for the best paleo banana bread is made with ripe bananas, almond flour, tapioca flour, and sweetened with maple syrup so it is refined sugar free! Perfect texture, tender crumb, moist, and oh-so-healthy. Plus the batter is mixed in the blender for minimal dishes and easy clean up (instructions for mixing in a bowl are also included in the recipe below). 


Scale

Ingredients

  • 3 large ripe bananas or four small – about 1 1/2 cups – mash to measure more easily
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of avocado oil or melted and cooled coconut oil / ghee (you don’t want the melted fat to be super hot when you add it to the batter, or it could start cooking the eggs)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 3/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus more for the top
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • about 1/2 cup chopped nuts and seeds for the top of the loaf – I used walnuts and pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • flaky sea salt for the top of the loaf (optional)

Instructions

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan and line with parchment paper so it hangs over the long sides – optional but will make the loaf easier to remove from the pan once baked.

To make in the blender:

  1. Add bananas, eggs, avocado oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 3/4 teaspoon sea salt to the blender and blend on low, until smooth – use a tamper to stir it around so it mixes evenly, or stop occasionally to scrape down the sides.

to make in a mixing bowl:

  1. Mash bananas well in a large bowl and add eggs, avocado oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 3/4 teaspoon sea salt and mix well.

To bake the banana bread:

  1. Pour into greased loaf pan and sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon, and swirl around with the tip of a knife.
  2. Top with nuts, seeds, and flaky sea salt if using.
  3. Bake for about one hour to an hour and 20 minutes – until center is firm and a toothpick comes out dry when poked in the center.
  4. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan and slicing.

Notes

how to store the best paleo banana bread

  • Stores well at room temperature or in the refrigerator in a ziploc bag or an airtight tupperware for up to  5 days. If it’s really warm outside / in your kitchen I would opt to store it in the refrigerator.
  • Can also be stored in the freezer as a whole loaf wrapped in plastic wrap, or sliced and wrapped as individual slices. Thaw in a slightly warm oven, toaster, or in the microwave.

Keywords: paleo, banana, banana bread, gluten free, grain free, healthy, easy

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