Banana Oat Bread {no sugar, gluten-free}

Banana Oat Bread is a no sugar, gluten-free treat which is baked with greek yoghurt for a deliciously moist texture and tang. Crammed with bananas and nutritiously dense seeds it makes for an ultra satisfying snack or start to your day. Especially good topped with salted butter or your favourite nut butter.

banana oat bread on wire rack

If you are looking for an easy to put together, satisfying and deliciously tasty Banana Bread then may I suggest (nay, demand!) that you bake this one.

I make this Banana Oat Bread regularly for the whole family and having it on hand in the kitchen pays dividends throughout the week. I snack on it whilst nursing during the night, I feel no guilt serving it up to the children for quick breakfasts and we all enjoy it accompanying vanilla yoghurt for a no-hassle dessert.

slice of banana oat bread on wire rack

Why is Banana Oat Bread so amazingly good?

  • Easy peasy – it takes 10-15 minutes tops to mix the batter together with no mixer required. Wooden spoon all the way baby!
  • No refined sugar – this is not an overly sweet treat. All the sweetness comes from a small amount of honey (or maple syrup) and lovely ripe bananas.
  • Gluten-free – with no hard to find flours. Just jumbo rolled oats and almond flour (you can sub with ground almonds)
  • Oil and butter free – the extra fat is just not needed and instead we use plain yoghurt and eggs
  • Protein packed – thanks to crunchy pumpkin seeds, creamy hemp seeds and satisfying flaxseeds.
  • Incredibly moist – that’s because we overload on the greek yoghurt which also adds extra tang.

Do you want a more traditional Banana Bread recipe? Then why not try The Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread.

banana oat bread on wire rack

How do you make Banana Oat Bread?

  1. Whisk together almond flour, oats, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl.dry ingredients for banana oat bread in a glass mixing bowldry ingredients for banana oat bread in a glass mixing bowl
  2. Pour the yoghurt, eggs, maple syrup and bananas into another large mixing bowl and mix well.wet ingredients for banana oat bread in a glass mixing bowlwet ingredients for banana oat bread in a glass mixing bowl
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and beat together until fully combined.batter for banana oat bread in a glass mixing bowl
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin, placing the extra sliced banana on top.banana oat bread batter in loaf tin ready for oven
  5. Bake for 1 hour then remove from the oven and carefully insert the banana bread onto a rack to cool.banana oat bread on wire rack

What do you need to make Banana Oat Bread?

This is the perfect sized loaf tin for the recipe.
The almond flour that you need is ultra finely processed. You can use ground almonds if it’s difficult to get hold of though.
Good quality glass mixing bowls.

Banana Oat Bread – Essential Tips

  • Use very ripe bananas as they incorporate into the batter better than firmer fruit and they add perfect sweetness to the bread.
  • Store Banana Oat Bread in an airtight tin or wrapped in kitchen foil. This is a very moist recipe and wouldn’t fare well stored in a plastic container or cling film.
  • Banana Oat Bread freezes very well in slices or whole.

close up of banana oat bread on wire rack

Adapting Banana Oat Bread

You can customise this Banana Oat Bread for whatever you have in your larder.

  • Swap out any of the seeds for crumbled walnuts or hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds. The choice is yours.
  • Add chocolate chips! I feel like I say this in most of my recipes but chocolate chips here would be amazing!
  • Chopped dried fruit – think diced dried apricots, goji berries, cranberries or dates. These additions will add extra natural sweetness if that’s how you like your Banana Oat Bread.
  • Don’t have ground cinnamon? Don’t worry – just leave it out. Or you can add pumpkin spice mix, a pinch of nutmeg or ground mixed spice in its place.
  • Can’t find rolled oats? No problem, I’ve used porridge oats when I’ve run out of rolled outs which are a little finer so the result isn’t as chewy, but I loved it just the same.

slices of banana oat bread on wire rack

Love bananas? Then have a look at these other gluten-free recipes

Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjack – this recipe is also refined sugar-free
Banana Rum Caramel Cake
Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Streusel Muffins

If you make Banana Oat Bread then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own baking creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on Instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your versions and variations of my recipes.

sliced banana oat bread on wire rack
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5 from 4 votes

Banana Oat Bread (no sugar, gluten-free)

Banana Oat Bread is a no sugar, gluten-free treat which is baked with greek yoghurt for a deliciously moist texture and tang. Crammed with bananas and nutritiously dense seeds it makes for an ultra satisfying snack or start to your day. Especially good topped with salted butter or your favourite nut butter.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Cake
Cuisine: British
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 245kcal

Ingredients

  • 120 g gluten-free rolled oats
  • 120 g almond flour
  • 30 g pumpkin seeds
  • 25 g ground flaxseed
  • 20 g hemp seeds
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 160 g greek yoghurt plain
  • 3 eggs medium
  • 100 ml honey or maple syrup
  • 200 g bananas (about 3) mashed
  • 1 banana for decoration

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4.
  • Line and grease a 2lb loaf tin (8.5” x 4.5”).
  • Whisk together the almond flour, oats, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl and set aside for a moment.
  • Whisk together the yoghurt, eggs, maple syrup and bananas in another large mixing bowl.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and beat together until fully combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin, placing the extra banana on top.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour.
  • Remove from the oven and carefully insert the banana bread onto a rack to cool.

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Notes

Use very ripe bananas as they incorporate into the batter better than firmer fruit and they add perfect sweetness to the bread.
Store Banana Oat Bread in an airtight tin or wrapped in kitchen foil. This is a very moist recipe and wouldn’t fare well stored in a plastic container or cling film.
Banana Oat Bread freezes very well in slices or as a whole.

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg

Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread

This is the Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread which takes about 10 minutes to get into the oven and delivers the most deliciously moist and flavourful cake.

Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread

This isn’t called the Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread for nothing. It’s a cinch. I also have to admit it’s a complete bonus recipe as I really didn’t intend on this being the next post but it was just so darn tasty I couldn’t not publish it.

Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread

This recipe was intended for me only, just to prove to myself how easy it is to convert a simple loaf cake into a gluten-free version just using half ground almonds and half plain gluten-free flour instead of the wheat flour. After all I said as much in my last post in the Gluten-Free Flours series about nut flours. I typed in banana bread and went right to the top of the Google chain and proceeded to adapt the banana bread that had the most positive reviews and the least ingredients.

Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Luckily I had the requisite amount of bananas in which were the correct amount of being past their best in the fruit bowl and turned out a banana bread within 40 minutes of planning to bake one. It was fine, but a little bit flat looking. I do like my loaf cakes to tower so it wasn’t a perfect looking banana bread but I left it on the dining table to let it cool before tasting.

It was the last I saw of the banana bread.

Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Well, I exaggerate a little, Billy Buddy graciously left me a neat little corner that he couldn’t quite manage. Totally my fault for leaving the chair not tucked into the table so he had perfect leverage for leaping and the poor thing looked sick as a parrots so I could hardly be grumpy at him. I ate the little crumb he left me and immediately hot footed it to Sainsburys to buy more bananas. This was a banana bread worth doing properly and serving up to Luke without being dog chewed.

Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread

This time I adapted the recipe slightly and basically doubled the ingredients so the cake would be a more gracious height, changed the sugar to brown sugar for extra flavour and amended the amount of bananas as my original banana bread sank a little, probably due to the enormity of the bananas I was using.

This new and improved banana bread takes the same amount of time to weigh out and mix up, about 10 minutes, but a little longer in the oven due the larger loaf. It’s astoundingly good though. The ground almonds help add moisture without tasting too nutty and also take the edge off the plain gluten-free flour which alone would have made the banana bread quite dry and lifeless.

Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread

This kind of banana bread is a baking staple. You need one of these in your back pocket for breakfasts, slathered in butter, afternoon tea with a lovely cuppa and something to offer an unexpected guest. I’m so pleased I did this little test as now I have my go-to banana bread and the one against which every banana bread from now will be measured against.

Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread

This is the Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread which takes about 10 minutes to get into the oven and delivers the most deliciously moist and flavourful cake.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: British
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 453kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 large bananas about 500g without skins
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 150 g soft light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 120 g melted butter
  • 200 g ground almonds
  • 200 g gluten-free flour
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 160°C and line a grease a 9 inch loaf tin.
  • Mash the bananas then pour them into a large bowl or food mixer along with the sugar, eggs and melted butter. Mix the ingredients well.
  • In another bowl combine the ground almonds, gluten-free flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt then add them into the wet ingredients and mix together.
  • Pour the banana batter in the loaf tin and bake for 70-80 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from the loaf tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 555mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1.8mg

 

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