This gluten-free and dairy-free banana bread is truly the best EVER! Fool your friends and family with this recipe that tastes just like the real thing. Toast up a thick slice of this ultimate gluten-free and dairy-free banana bread, then top it with your favorite non-dairy butter for a heavenly snack!
Not sure why, but I hated banana bread as a kid. Though I started to enjoy it a few years ago. And well, I quickly went from hating it, to enjoying it, to being totally obsessed with it. And I am specifically obsessed with this ultimate gluten-free and dairy-free banana bread recipe. It’s light, fluffy, not too sweet, and yields the perfect amount of that yummy banana flavor. I love this recipe so much that I often use this trick to ripen all of my bananas, because I’m way too impatient to wait for them to ripen on their own.
Lightly toasted, smeared in dairy-free butter, dairy-free cream cheese, and a drizzle of honey is the my preferred method of enjoying this ultimate gluten-free and dairy-free banana bread. I also love enjoying it as an afternoon snack with a big ole’ dollop of crunchy almond butter on top. It’s also totally delicious on its own! I recommend slicing it and then storing it in the fridge, to maintain its freshness. I also recommend doubling this batch and throwing a few slices in the freezer for a later date. Simply remove from the freezer, toast until defrosted and enjoy!
What You Need To Make Ultimate Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Banana Bread
Gluten-Free Flour – I use and love Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour, it has truly never failed me. Though if you’re not gluten-free, you can easily sub all purpose flour for the gluten-free flour in this recipe.
Cinnamon – While developing this recipe, I realized that no other banana bread recipes out there include cinnamon. To me, adding cinnamon was a no-brainer. I honestly thought it was one of those signature banana bread ingredients. When I realized no one else includes it in their recipes, I tried making this recipe without it. Oh man, never doing that again! Cinnamon adds incredible flavor and aroma to this recipe that it simply, to die for.
Mashed Banana – Make sure your bananas are SUPER ripe for this recipe. The more ripe your bananas are, the softer and sweeter they’ll be in this recipe. If you don’t have any ripe bananas but want to make this banana bread, use this trick! I use the quickly-ripen banana method often and can attest to its success. Now as far as mashing goes, remove the bananas from their peel, place them in a bowl and press down on them with the back of a fork. You’ll want to mash your bananas until you achieve a consistency similar to apple sauce. Measure out the 1 and 1/2 cups of banana once they are completely smooth.
Eggs – Remove your eggs from the fridge an hour or two before using them in this recipe. Room temperature eggs are always ideal in baking. If your eggs are too cold when mixed into the batter, they may cause the melted butter or oil you used to harden.
Non-Dairy Milk – Any non-dairy milk will work in this recipe. I used a homemade almond milk and has great results. If you’re not dairy-free, you can easily swap the non-dairy milk with cow’s milk.
Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs
- Make it Vegan: Use two flax eggs or your favorite egg-substitute in place of the flax eggs in this recipe. Expect your bread to be slightly more dense than the one pictured, but still delicious!
- Add Gluten: Use all purpose flour instead of gluten-free flour in this recipe.
- Add Dairy: Use melted butter instead of coconut oil and cow’s milk instead of non-dairy milk in this recipe.