The Best Banana Bread {Grain, Dairy, & Refined Sugar Free}

paleo banana bread

Several months back a friend handed me this recipe and said, “You have to make this, this is THE BEST BANANA BREAD!”

Well, I finally got around to making it and I agree, it is the best banana bread! I had to make some changes for it be grain and refined sugar free, but the changes were simple. I replaced the 1 3/4 C of rice flour with almond and arrowroot and I used coconut palm sugar instead of white sugar.

If you notice, I don’t use the claim that my recipes are “the best” very often. Even with recipes I love, I’m always looking for a way to improve them. And have you seen all of the gluten free blogs??? There are some fantastic recipes!!! I think the only other recipe that I claim to be “the best” is my cinnamon roll recipe. And even that recipe I revised to also be a yeast free recipe.

But there will be no revisions of this recipe, it simply is the best 🙂

First, you mash the bananas.


Then, you whisk together all of the dry ingredients.


After that, you cream together the shortening and sugar, then add the eggs, vanilla, and bananas. I took a picture of this step but it turned out so blurry I couldn’t do that to your poor eyes 🙂

Then you stir in the dry ingredients and pour it into the pan. See my cute little disposable pan I got at Wal-Mart? If you can’t find a small loaf pan, you can buy one on Amazon.

Now you just bake it and voila! The best banana bread 🙂

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*Here’s a grain free baking powder recipe

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  • ⅓ C + 1 Tbsp. Non-Hydrogenated Shortening
  • ¾ C Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 2 Tsp. Pure Vanilla
  • 1½ C Blanched Almond Flour, Very Finely Ground
  • ¾ C Arrowroot Flour
  • ¼ Tsp. Salt
  • ¼ Tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp. Grain Free Baking Powder (see link above)
  • 1 C Very Ripe Mashed Bananas (about 2 large)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line an 8 x 4 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking oil. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. Mash the bananas with potato masher or 2 forks, set aside.
  5. Cream the shortening and coconut sugar.
  6. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and bananas.
  7. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
  8. Pour into prepared pan and bake 50 - 55 minutes. Check after 40 minutes and cover with foil if the top is getting too brown.
  9. Cool for at least 1 hour before serving.

Posted September 18, 2013 by Cassidy in Breads, Breakfast & Muffins, Paleo / 7 Comments


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7 responses to “The Best Banana Bread {Grain, Dairy, & Refined Sugar Free}

  1. Stephanie

    This really is THE BEST! My husband even commented that it was as good as ANY banana bread he’s ever eaten, and he wasn’t just talking about grain or gluten free. Trust me…that’s a huge compliment!! I’m making it now for the second time this week. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Cassidy

      Thank you so much Stephanie! I’m so glad you and your husband liked it so much, it’s one of our favorite bread recipes 🙂


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