This is the best Paleo Banana Bread recipe you will ever try! It's easy to make, moist with a beautiful crumb and tastes like it's from a bakery but it's grain-free & dairy-free, with no refined sugar.
There's something about the cold weather that makes me crave banana bread! Really, when are bananas not in season? They're always available at the grocery store (or gas station or drug store) for a reasonable price, I always have some on hand in the freezer, and I'm never without a few overripe bananas sitting on my counter.
This Paleo Banana Bread recipe makes the best healthy banana bread ever. It tastes like it's from a bakery but it's gluten & grain-free, dairy-free with no refined sugar.
And I have to say, that this is the very best grain-free banana bread I have ever eaten! Here are a few reasons why I love this recipe, and you will too:
- It's so moist and dense, yet has a beautiful crumb.
- The ingredient list is short, and consists of things you probably always have on hand!
- It's a healthy and nutritious treat that tastes decadent but is actually good for you.
How to make Paleo Banana Bread
This paleo banana bread recipe is easy to make! I love that all the ingredients can be mixed in one bowl, and that it only takes 5 minutes of prep time to make this recipe. Here are a few step-by-step photos showing how to make this paleo banana bread (don't forget ot watch the video too)!
Here are some suggestions on mix-ins for the paleo banana bread recipe.
- Chocolate Chips (milk, dark, light, etc.)
- Cinnamon chips
- White chocolate chips
- Dried fruit (cranberries, rasins, etc.)
- Swirl of peanut butter or Nutella
- Unsweetened coconut
Paleo Chocolate Chips & Bars
Sometimes it's hard to figure out which chocolate chips are Paleo, so here are some of my favorite healthier chocolate options.
- Hu Kitchen Chocolate Gems. This is my favorite paleo chocolate. These gems are delicious and easy to toss into cookies (no bar chopping required).
- Hu Kitchen Dark Chocolate Bars. You can also buy dark chocolate bars and chop them up to toss into these paleo chocolate chip cookies.
- Lily's Dark Chocolate. They make chips and bars that are stevia sweetened, low carb, keto, etc.
- Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Chips are a good option that are vegan, dairy-free but not fully paleo.
Serve this bread warm with a slather of grass-fed butter (or cinnamon honey butter), almond butter (homemade vanilla almond butter), or peanut butter.
Store this paleo banana bread recipe in an airtight container or plastic bag to ensure it does not dry out. If you plan on eating the entire loaf in a day or two, you can store it at room temperature. If it will take longer, I recommend storing it in the refrigerator.
How to freeze paleo banana bread
This paleo banana bread freezes very well. I recommend freezing it in slices in an airtight container. That way you can pull out a slice at a time to enjoy.
Paleo Banana Bread: Substitutions
Here are a few potential substitutions that can be made in this recipe. I do not recommend altering the amount or type of flour at all. Paleo baking is truly an art, and the ratios & kinds of flours used in this recipe were carefully tested and chosen!
- Coconut oil. Grass-fed butter or ghee can be used in place of coconut oil.
- Almond butter. I have also made this recipe with cashew butter with delicious results. Any nut or seed butter can be used in this recipe.
- Maple Syrup. Honey is a good substitute for maple syrup.
- Chocolate chips. They are optional, but not really. Use Enjoy Life Foods or Sunspire chocolate chips for allergy friendly options, also see list of suggested mix-ins.
Make sure you use overripe, brown bananas. They have the best flavor, maximum sweetness, and are the easiest to mash! They should be very dark brown or almost black and soft to the touch.
Yes, you can double this recipe and bake it in two loaf pans.
Yes, fill the wells of a standard muffin tin with ¼ cup of batter and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
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Best Paleo Banana Bread Recipe
- 2 large overripe bananas about 1 cup, mashed
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup creamy almond butter
- 2 TBS pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- ¼ cup of coconut flour
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x4” baking pan (you can use a 9x5” pan but your loaf will be thinner and baking time will be less) with parchment paper and grease. Set aside.
- In a small bowl combine coconut flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon). Set aside.
- In a large, glass mixing bowl melt together coconut oil and almond butter (for about 1 minute on high), stir until combined.
- Add mashed banana, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix.
- Add eggs and stir until smooth.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until completely combined.
- Gently mix in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, until top is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before gently removing the loaf from the pan to a wire rack to cool.
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The flavor was great but the oil seemed to all set at the bottom of the bread. Not sure what went wrong?
I just made this banana bread and it’s amazing. Super moist!!!
I just made this banana bread following this recipe and it’s amazing!!! Super moist! ❤️
Could I make this using coconut sugar instead of maple syrup?
Hands down the best banana bread I’ve made! My husband who isn’t big on baked goods or sweets loved it! This recipe is a keeper!
Banana Bread Pudding!
I loved this recipe, though, the consistency is far closer to bread pudding than banana bread. The taste is wonderful! I added some shredded coconut along with the chocolate chips. If you want this to be closer to traditional banana bread/pound cake texture, I'd suggest increasing the almond flour. However, this is the only paleo bread pudding recipe out there I have seen and super excited to make it for guests ... ONE DAY!
Hey Lori - if your bread was the texture of pudding it likely needed to be baked longer - I'm glad you liked it but it should not have that texture! LOL!
I have been making this weekly for months- my toddlers are OBSESSED!
Thanks for the amazing recipe 💖
So good for my healthy mother.
I used pecan butter rather than almond butter, honey & butter. It was delicious! It took forever to cook though.