December 10, 2020

by Alyssa Rimmer

Perfect Paleo Banana Bread

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This amazing paleo banana bread recipe is easy to make, perfectly sweet, healthy, and delicious! Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, with wholesome ingredients.

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Ever since lockdown started earlier this year, banana bread seems to have taken the internet by storm. Literally, my whole Instagram feed was full of banana bread recipes!

And for good reason: banana bread is easy to make, comforting in times of stress and it tastes amazing.

Earlier this year as I was also getting deep into banana bread baking, I came up with this recipe. It was completely on a whim and I was blown away. It was perfect in one try. This is truly the best ever paleo banana bread recipe and I can't WAIT for you to try it!

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Paleo Banana Bread Ingredients

Unlike some of my other banana bread recipes, this version is super simple with the ingredients. Even though it's gluten-free, we're using just one type of flour!

  • Banana: first up our banana. Make sure to get spotty bananas that are soft and ripe. You'll want to mash them up as much as you can before measuring!
  • Eggs: since we're using coconut flour (more on that below), we need eggs for this one – 4 in fact – which might seem like a lot, but helps give this bread its texture
  • Coconut oil: to impart a slight coconut flavor and also give it extra moisture and decadence
  • Apple cider vinegar: I know it sounds strange, but the vinegar will help activate the leavening agents and help the bread rise more
  • Coconut flour: one of my favorite flours for baking, but also the trickiest to work with – its the reason this paleo banana bread is so soft and tender
  • Arrowroot powder: this helps lighten the bread up and also helps it from being crumbly
  • Spices: cinnamon and salt is all you need here, but it would be delicious with a pinch of ginger and/or nutmeg

And finally, we've got our baking powder and baking soda!

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Tips, Tricks & Substitutions

Before we dive into this recipe, let me give you a few tips for making it:

  1. Coconut flour is tricky: it has its own texture and moisture needs, so really can't be substituted in this recipe
  2. Let it sit: allow the batter to sit for just a few minutes before popping it into the oven – it will help the texture
  3. Swap the vinegar: if you don't want to use ACV, swap it out with lemon juice!
  4. Making it vegan: unfortunately, because of the coconut flour, this recipe can't be made vegan without major changes!
  5. Using other flours: as with the eggs, this recipe is specifically designed to be made with coconut flour – no other flour will work in the same proportion
  6. Mix-ins: this bread loves a good mix in! Feel free to fold in some chopped nuts or chocolate chips to make it even tastier!

And if you have any other questions, drop them down in the comments!

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How To Make Paleo Banana Bread

Banana bread is a one-bowl wonder which I totally love! I usually start with the wet ingredients, then mix in the dry to keep my mess down.

STEP ONE: Wet Ingredients

First, you'll want to mix your wet ingredients together. Start by beating the eggs in the bowl, then mix everything else in. Since bananas can range in size, make sure you're measuring out your banana in a measuring cup!

STEP TWO: Dry Ingredients

Next, you'll just add the dry ingredients directly into the bowl. Serious bakers might not agree with this, but I'm kind of lazy when it comes to baking, and it always seems to work out okay for me!

STEP THREE: Bake

And finally, we bake! Just transfer your batter into the baking tin – lined with parchment – and sprinkle on some chopped nuts or chocolate chips if you want. Bake it up for about an hour and you'll have this perfect loaf of healthy banana bread!

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Can You Freeze Banana Bread?

Banana bread can absolutely be frozen! On the day of baking, I like to let my loaf cool completely, then cut it into slices. I keep a slice or two out at room temp, then wrap the rest up in foil and pop it into a ziplock bag and leave it in my freezer.

To reheat your banana bread, either microwave it quickly or pop it into the toaster oven!

Healthy Banana Bread That's Paleo!

To me, this is the ultimate loaf of banana bread! It's moist and tender, it's a little cakey, it's perfectly sweet and it's easy to make. You honestly can't beat it!

This bread is also…

gluten-free
grain-free
dairy-free
refined sugar-free

…and best of all, it tastes INCREDIBLE!! I can't wait for you to make it – I'm pretty sure you won't ever have to make another banana bread recipe again!

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More Banana Bread Recipes to try:

Looking for some more healthy banana bread recipes? We've got a few others on the blog that we think we might like! We'll also link some of our favorite banana bread inspired recipes as well!

Best Ever Paleo Banana Bread

This amazing paleo banana bread recipe is easy to make, perfectly sweet, healthy, and delicious! Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, with wholesome ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 slices
Calories 138kcal
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Spray the uncovered sides of the pan with non-stick cooking spray, or grease with oil.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the banana, eggs, sugar, oil and vinegar. Beat until smooth.
  • Add the dry ingredients (minus the nuts if using) and stir until a smooth batter forms. Fold in the nuts. Allow batter to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake in the center of the oven for 45 - 50 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Check at 40 minutes and cover with tinfoil if the top is browning too quickly.
  • Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.
  • Serve slightly reheated in the toaster oven with your favorite nut butter or buttery spread

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Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. This banana bread turned out so well! The taste and texture is spot on. Mine was a bit darker than the picture showed.

    I am wondering what the best way to store this bread would be to keep its delicious texture? Thanks!

  2. This banana bread is absolutely amazing!! So tasty and very easy to make!! It’s a must fir anyone who loves their banana bread!!

  3. Made this today and it turned out amazing!! Couldn’t wait for it to cool down so I could try a piece and it was delicious😋 Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Is there anything I can substitute for the coconut sugar. I am on a sugar free diet. Also any substitution for the coconut flour in this recipe. Thx

  5. Have you a recipe for carrot cake like this paleo banana bread? Please post the recipe. Thank you and I am anxious to try this banana bread.

    • I don’t currently, but I think you could turn this into a carrot cake using my pumpkin bread base and stirring in carrot! Or maybe swapping the applesauce fir the banana 🙂

    • Unfortunately not! This recipe was specifically created with those two flours, so the proportions won’t work with substitutes. You can try one of the other banana bread recipes I linked above!

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