This Almond Flour Banana Bread is moist, melt-in-your-mouth, delicious quick bread your entire family will go bananas for! It is also refined sugar free, gluten-free and comes together in one bowl.

We eat grains, but absolutely love goodies with almond flour like almond flour banana muffins and plain almond flour bread.

Almond flour banana bread in a loaf pan with bananas on a side.

This almond flour banana bread always disappears fast in my kitchen. It is a banana bread loaf that is tender, delicious, flavorful and super easy to make!

I bake a lot of quick breads for healthy breakfast and snack. And although we are not a grain-free family, using almond flour in some of these bakes has become part of our well-rounded diet. We also love-love banana bread with coconut flour and banana bread with oat flour.

Kids love this bread, our readers love it and it is one of my most popular recipes ever!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy: One bowl and 10 simple ingredients is all you need to make this banana bread with almond flour.
  • Wholesome: Nutrient dense bread packed with healthy fats, protein and fiber.
  • Naturally gluten free: For those avoiding gluten, this banana loaf is very similar to the real deal! It is also dairy-free.
  • Naturally sweetened: With maple syrup and ripe bananas.

Ingredients for Almond Flour Banana Bread

You only need 10 simple ingredients including pantry staples to make the best almond flour banana bread ever! Detailed recipe card is located below.

Almond flour, bananas, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract, avocado oil, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt.
  • Ripe bananas: Very ripe bananas of deep yellow color with plenty of black spots on the outside.
  • Almond flour: I use finely ground blanched almond flour for best texture. It tastes and acts differently from any other flour. It is basically finely ground raw blanched almonds. Here is a quick tutorial how to make almond flour at home. I have not tried almond meal in this recipe.
  • Eggs: Provide lift and structure to this bread.
  • Any sweetener: Use any liquid sweetener like maple syrup, honey or your favorite sugar-free alternative. You can also use any dry sweetener. I tested this recipe with Lakanto monkfruit sweetener (erythritol) and it tasted great!
  • Oil: Any mild tasting oil like light olive oil, avocado oil, melted coconut oil or grapeseed oil will work.
  • Pure vanilla extract: Use the real stuff, not imitation for best flavor.
  • Cinnamon and salt: Cinnamon for a warming taste plus it will make your house smell amazing! And then salt for the overall taste.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: Leavening agents to provide rise.

How to Make Banana Bread with Almond Flour

This almond flour banana bread rises better in a metal loaf pan. I highly recommend not to use glass or ceramic baking dish. Here are the basic steps how to make it:

Step by step process how to make almond flour banana bread.
  • Mix wet ingredients and spices: Mash bananas first. Then add eggs, sweetener of choice, oil, vanilla, cinnamon and leavening agents. Whisk well.
  • Add almond flour: Fill each cup fully with a hill and do not pack, then skim off top with a butter knife. Stir with spatula until batter forms.
  • Bake and cool: Add batter into lined with parchment paper loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes and then remove onto a wire rack to cool off completely.
  • Slice and serve: Slice bread with serrated bread knife, not regular knife. It works best for cutting all breads!

Tips for Best Results

  • Baking pan choice: I recommend to use a metal loaf pan and not ceramic or glass loaf pan. Bread will bake through better and won’t be soggy.
  • Line the pan with parchment paper: Almond flour tends to stick even to the best and new non-stick surfaces. You will also be able to remove bread easily.
  • Make sure your bananas are ripe: From my experience, I know some people use just yellow or even (scary to think) 50 shades of green bananas. Use bananas with many brown spots, the more the better.
  • To prevent too much browning on the top cover it loosely with foil during last 15-20 minutes of baking. All ovens vary.
  • Let it cool completely: Almond flour banana bread needs time to set after baking. Slice it too soon and it will be gooey and crumbly.
  • Do not swap flours: This is worth repeating over and over! Baking is a science and my version of banana bread with almond flour has only been tested as it is written.
Sliced almond flour banana bread showing texture placed on a cutting board.

Optional Add-In’s and Variations

  • Chocolate and nuts: You can add up to 1/2 cup chocolate chips and chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter before baking.
  • Berries: Try blueberries but dust them in almond flour before adding to prevent from sinking in.
  • Out of cinnamon? Try nutmeg, ginger or another warming spice like pumpkin pie spice could be great too! Just keep in mind some spices are more potent than others and you may want to use less.
  • Vegan: I have successfully tested this banana bread with a chia egg. Note it is a bit more dense and flat but turns out wonderful!
  • Mini loaves: Is a great idea especially if you want to freeze some for later! Try baking for 30 minutes then doing a toothpick test.
  • Muffins: Bake for 20 minutes or just make my recipe for almond flour banana muffins.

Recipe Tip

I don’t recommend adding in chopped apples to this bread as they contain too much moisture and the batter is already “wet”.

Serving Almond Flour Banana Bread

  • Nut butter topped: A smear of peanut butter or almond butter pairs so good with this banana bread and makes for a filling breakfast or snack!
  • Traditional: Spread a small amount of butter or cream cheese on top.
  • With protein: Make my cottage cheese pudding and enjoy on a side for extra protein boost.
  • Dessert: I would never turn down a slightly warm slice with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream!

How to Store

Storing: First 24 hours, we store banana bread on a counter right in the loaf pan covered with towel. After, I transfer any leftovers to resealable plastic bag to prevent it from drying.

Bread stays fresh on a counter for up to 3 days, making it great for meal prep. After you can refrigerate for another 3 days.

Freezing: Bake banana bread and cool completely. I recommend you do not slice bread before placing in the freezer. It retains its moisture better this way.

Place in a gallon size freezer bag, let out as much air as possible and seal. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Thawing and reheating: Defrost on a counter. Takes about 3-4 hours. Bread will taste just like freshly baked. Pop it into a toaster for a minute for that freshly baked bread warmth and aromas.

Enjoy this almond flour banana bread!

FAQs

My bread is too wet and didn’t rise, what happened?

Make sure to use only 3 medium-large (1 cup mashed) bananas and I highly suggest metal baking loaf pan. I didn’t have great results with ceramic or glass pan, bread caved in.

What if I have only 2 bananas?

You will need 1 cup of mashed bananas. If your bananas are extra large, maybe they measure 1 cup. Otherwise, with 2 bananas you will have to use 2/3 of all other ingredients.

How can I make a sweeter bread?

Probably because bananas were not very ripe, your bread turned out not sweet enough. You can also add 2 more tablespoons of sweetener next time.

Can almond flour be substituted with all-purpose flour?

Unfortunately not. Wheat flour and almond flour have completely different properties and can’t be swapped 1:1.

Can I use almond meal in this recipe?

I have not made this banana bread with almond meal, so can’t tell. In my experience, almond meal produces more heavy baked goods because it also contains the skin of almonds. Almond flour is made with blanched almonds resulting in lighter and fluffier breads and muffins.

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Almond Flour Banana Bread

Almond Flour Banana Bread is a moist quick bread your family will go bananas for! It is gluten-free, refined sugar free and made in one bowl.
4.96 from 649 votes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 309
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line metal 9 x 5 loaf pan with parchment paper or leave non-stick as is. Spray only bottom and lower 1″ with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add bananas and mash with a masher. Then add eggs, sweetener, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt; whisk until combined.
  • Add almond flour and stir and mix gently with spatula to combine.
  • Pour batter into previously prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove almond flour banana bread from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off for 10 minutes. Remove bread from a loaf pan and let it cool off completely. Slice with sharp serrated knife – works best with breads to keep them from falling apart.

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Notes

  • Store: Store bread in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 days. After refrigerate for another 3 days.
  • Freeze: Bake and cool completely. I recommend to freeze bread unsliced to retain moisture. Place in a gallon size Ziploc container, let out as much air as possible and seal. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw on a counter for a few hours.
  • Metal pan: I have way better success baking this bread in metal pan vs. ceramic. It rises better and is not as wet.
  • Oil: Any mild tasting oil like avocado oil, light olive oil, melted coconut oil, grapeseed oil will work.
  • Flour: You can’t use any other flour besides almond flour.
  • Sweetener: I have successfully baked this bread with honey, maple syrup and even Lakanto monkfruit sweetener (erythritol). I think any dry or liquid sweetener works in same amount.
  • Vegan: I have successfully tested this with a chia egg – note it is a bit more dense/flat but turns out wonderful!

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 293mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g
Course: Muffins and Quick Bread
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Bravo!!! Delicious. I missed the comment about baking in metal versus ceramic…. my bread did sink slightly in the center, but it was still delicious with a perfect texture! I’ll bake this in a metal pan next time. Either way, this recipe is a keeper. I’m not a strong baker, and after being diagnosed with celiac my baking skills became even weaker. This recipe was a perfect blend of ease with an amazing finished product at the end. Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I added a few walnuts on top, and actually realized I had forgot the sweetener after it was in the oven, so poured the maple syrup right on top, and it baked right in and made the walnuts crunchy–it was delicious! Had to cook it for about an hour for the middle to be done. Love this!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe, easy and tasty! My little one who normally doesn’t like any quick bread kept asking for more 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Made this for my husband and daughter as we are trying no gluten and no refined sugar. As my daughter is only 1 I used Apple Sauce as my sweetener. Hands down the best banana bread I have made and that includes ones with flour and sugar… those were my husbands words. Thank you so much for allowing me to give my daughter a treat this Easter! Perfect!

  5. 5 stars
    My bf made your recipe last night and my entire apartment smelled delicious! I wanted to know how many grams is one slice? 🙂 I track my cals using a calorie tracker so I just want to make sure I input the correct information. Thank you!

    1. Happy to hear that! We don’t weigh food cause we are not a diet website, so no idea. 🙂 You can weigh a slice yourself though.

      1. I’m aware that your site isn’t a diet website but how did you calculate the calories per slice? I’m a bit confused on how you came up with the number of calories per slice hence why I asked what I had asked earlier 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Really lovely banana bread recipe when made with extra ripe bananas for sweetness. I also used extra cinnamon & vanilla, it was delicious 😋

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve been baking banana bread for 40 years-regular, then gluten free. My son and I believe that, hands down, this is the best banana bread we have ever had. Thank you for the recipe. It will now be in our weekly rotation.

  8. 5 stars
    Followed recipe but used sugar and made in muffin tin and mini loaf since it’s was only metal pans I had. Cooked muffins 19-20 minutes and they tasted wonderful and very moist.

  9. 5 stars
    Oh man this is a favorite recipe!! I have added 1/4 cup gluten free pancake flour for a little more compact loaf! But…it is really delicious. I made 4 mini loaves and baked 35 minutes! Perfect and they freeze like a dream! Great gifts.

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