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Gluten free dairy free banana bread

I have a specific preference when it comes to eating bananas. Just ripe, sweet but super firm, with nary a brown spot in sight. Anything beyond that? You better believe it’s going in banana bread. With a glut of overripe bananas, today’s recipe had to be this gluten free dairy free banana bread.

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Gluten free dairy free banana bread

This banana bread uses a very simple mix of ingredients for a delicious, dairy free result. Bananas and a small amount of brown sugar provide sweetness, binding and flavour. Eggs aid further in binding and also in leavening. Some vegetable, olive or coconut oil and dairy free milk act as dairy replacements, and a bit of baking powder and soda finishes things off.

This banana bread is xanthan gum free and nut free. It’s assembled in a single bowl, with no fancy equipment needed. A quick, easy and delicious gluten free dairy free banana bread that will keep on the counter for days. What’s not to love?

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Recipe notes for your gluten free dairy free banana bread

As always, I recommend sourcing good quality, fresh rice flour. If you use a gritty and musty rice flour, you will be able to taste it in the banana bread.

If you’d prefer, you can use cassava flour in place of the tapioca flour. I would recommend adding a tablespoon extra milk and oil to compensate for the absorbency of cassava flour.

The sugar isn’t of structural importance in this banana bread so white sugar or panela/rapadura sugar are suitable replacements. Coconut sugar would likely also work, but it is high in fructose so I don’t often use it. If you have fructose issues, I wouldn’t recommend it here as the banana bread already contains a substantial amount of bananas.

I have no experience with allulose, monk fruit or any other sugar replacements, unfortunately.

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FODMAP notes for your gluten free dairy free banana bread

This recipe is not explicitly designed to be low FODMAP. Bananas have a FODMAP threshold, however, so you can make the bread work for you.

Ripe common bananas are low FODMAP in 35g serves as of May 2024. This means that you can use common ripe bananas if you slice the loaf into 9 serves. I generally like to slice 8 so it’s a little thinner than usual, but it does work.

Firm common bananas are low FODMAP in 100g serves. If you use these, this gluten free dairy free banana bread is well under the low FODMAP threshold per serve. You can also experiment with using some ripe and some just ripe for extra banana flavour.

Finally, ripe sugar bananas (lady finger or the cute little bananas) are low FODMAP in 112g serves. You can use these for the best of both worlds – ripe banana flavour and a low fructose content.

I have tested slightly underripe bananas and they didn’t make a good banana bread. It wasn’t banana in flavour, nor sweet enough. If you want a low FODMAP loaf, try my gluten free pumpkin loaf.

All the other ingredients in this banana bread as written are low FODMAP. If you use coconut sugar, that changes the equation.

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Additional flavour suggestions

This banana bread can be flavoured with any number of different things. You can add some cinnamon and or nutmeg for a bit of spice, or throw in some dairy free chocolate chips. I like adding blueberries to my banana breads, but raspberries or mixed berries would also work well.

In terms of nuts, walnuts are always classically associated with banana bread. I daresay some hemp seeds or toasted sesame seeds would make excellent additions, too.

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An aerial image of a loaf of gluten free dairy free banana bread on a white marble table. A sunlit bulbous vase sits to the top left of the image

Gluten free dairy free banana bread

Cups and measures are in Australian cups and measures. Use gram weights for international accuracy.
1 Australian tablespoon = 4 American, Canadian and New Zealand teaspoons.
1 Australian tablespoon = 3 1/2 British teaspoons
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Food Intolerance Friendly
Servings 1 loaf


  • 300 g ripe banana see body of post for lower FODMAP options
  • 150 g light brown sugar
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup)* vegetable or neutral oil
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup)* dairy free milk of choice
  • 2 extra large eggs 44-55g per egg, weighed out of shell
  • 175 g white rice flour
  • 75 g tapioca flour
  • 3g (3/4 teaspoons) baking powder
  • 1g (1/4 teaspoon) baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/356F. Grease a loaf tin. I have used an  22 X 12cm steel pan and a silicon loaf pan, both to success.
  • Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl, then add the light brown sugar, oil, milk and eggs. Whisk to combine, then add the flours, baking powder, baking soda and fine salt. Whisk until a medium thickness batter forms. Add any mix ins here if you are using them.
  • Decant the mixture into the greased loaf tin. You can sprinkle the top with finishing sugar or add on some extra banana coins.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Gently remove from the loaf tin and allow to cool for 10-20 minutes before slicing and serving.
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  1. Love this recipe ( and this site overall!). Is it possible to use almond flour in this recipe? Do you need to mix it with tapioca flour as well?

    1. Hi Anna! I don’t think almond meal would work here because the recipe has been designed for the thirstiness of white rice flour. I think you’d be best seeking a specific recipe for that to get the best result. I’ll try and work on a grain free one at some point!

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