Secretly Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

This Secretly Healthy Banana Bread tastes just like classic banana bread, but it’s gluten free, oil free, & refined sugar free! It’s made with oat flour for a texture very similar to the original.
This Secretly Healthy Banana Bread tastes just like classic banana bread, but it's gluten free, oil free, & refined sugar free! It's made with oat flour for a texture very similar to the original.

Let me just tell y’all about this banana bread. This stuff is GOOD. Like, really, really good, and you would have no idea that it was gluten-free, or moderately healthy, at all. In fact, no one in my family even believed me when I told them it was. We all just devoured it much too quickly.

I favored it warmed up for a few seconds in the microwave, just to get those chocolate chips all melty and delicious and absolutely wonderful. This is real, homestyle, tastes-like-mommy-made-it banana bread. It reminds me so much of the chocolate chip banana bread my mom would always make for my sister and I when we were left with too many overripe bananas. Mmm, such good stuff, except instead of the oil and sugar that made mommy’s banana bread, this one uses honey and applesauce! And because it’s healthy, you can have more slices without the guilt. May I suggest having a piece with some peanut butter on it? Mindblowingly delicious (<–whoops, made up a word, but it’s accurate). Of course, to keep it healthier, leave out the chocolate chips. I just can’t have banana bread without chocolate chips, so I had to include them.

Secretly Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten Free, Oil Free and Refined Sugar Free!) |

I made this a few days before I left for London, so it’s been a little over a month since I had it, but in the notes that I took about to remember how I felt about this banana bread, I wrote “SO GOOD. You won’t forget this banana bread, promise.” Thanks self, you were right. Totally did not forget about it.

Being here in London, without a kitchen to bake in, is slowly starting to kill me! I miss being in the kitchen to cook or bake, and I especially miss eating fresh baked goods and home-cooked meals. Especially when I’m writing posts like this and all I want to do is whip up a batch of banana bread, chockfull of chocolate chips and deliciousness.

Secretly Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten Free, Oil Free and Refined Sugar Free!) |

However, I’m going to Paris this weekend to celebrate my best friend Paige’s 21st birthday (yay, happy birthday Paige!!!!) and will most definitely be gorging myself on croissants, baguettes with beur de seland lots of wine. Don’t worry – I’ll document as much of the trip as possible to share with you all! Thank you all for being the best readers ever by the way, you guys have been giving such amazing suggestions about places to go in London, and each place I’ve been that was recommended by you guys has been seriously awesome. Y’all are the best!

Now, go make some banana bread, and have an extra slice for me! :)

Secretly Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten Free, Oil Free and Refined Sugar Free!) |

Secretly Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten Free)
  • ½ cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cup oat flour*
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1½ cups mashed ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips, optional (but encouraged)
  1. Grease one 9"x5" loaf pan and preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, honey, applesauce, mashed banana and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon and add to the wet ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake about one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Let cool, and enjoy!
*Make your own oat flour by grinding oats in a blender/food processor until they're a fine powder!

Recipe barely adapted from Yammie’s Gluten Freedom

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  1. Yum! I can always use more banana bread recipes, and of course chocolate chips are a MUST!

  2. This looks amazing. It looks so moist and flavorful – I’ve got to make it. I don’t have gluten issues, but from everything I’m reading it’s good for all of us to reduce our wheat intake anyway. And I love the applesauce addition too! Pinning!

  3. This bread looks so GOOD!! I’m sure I won’t stop at one slice. H

    2. Thoooose melt choc chips=I die
    3. This bread looks absolutely no holds barred perfect, I cannot believe how you’ve healthified it! GENIUS

  5. YUM! This banana bread is calling out to me right now.

  6. It never hurts to add another banana bread recipe to my arsenal, as I ALWAYS have ripe bananas that need to be used!

  7. This looks so delicious!
    I can just imagine the good smells it must produce.

  8. I love when something is secretly healthy, so that I don’t feel like I’m missing out! This banana bread looks de-lish!

  9. Ahhh Paris! I want to go there someday. If only I could remember all the French I took in school, haha. This banana bread looks amazing and not healthy at all. :) I love that you added chocolate chips and I am dying to have a slice with peanut butter. Sounds perfect!

  10. It never occurred to me that I could make my own oat flour by grinding up gluten free oats! What a neat trick for the proverbial tool belt! Enjoy Paris, it’s just so great there. :) What always comes to mind, for me, is how you have to build up the callous on the roof of your mouth because the bread is so crusty! Totally worth it! Take care!

  11. This does look SO GOOD!! And I love that it’s gluten free!

  12. HAVE SO MUCH FUN IN PARIS! That is super exciting girl!
    I need this banana bread. And, I mean like…the whole loaf at once and smothered in peanut butter. That was a genius suggestion lady!

  13. I made some banana bread this morning but it’s no way as healthy as this one is. It looks just as good though as a none healthy one. Can’t wait to read about Paris!

  14. Ok, you have me totally confused – I don’t know know whether to me more excited about this banana bread that looks SO good, or more jealous of the fact that you are going to PARIS!! ;) Have SO much fun!

  15. I’m loving this healthy version! Thanks so much for sharing. Have fun in Paris. :)

  16. I’m loving this healthy version of banana bread! It sounds great! Have a blast in Paris…it’s one of my favorite cities! :)

  17. You’re going to Paris?? Awwwhhhhh lucky you! I hope you girls have a fantastic time there! And happy birthday to Paige!

    This banana bread looks crazy awesome! I’d never tell it’s healthier than usual. I bet it is delicious indeed with the melty chocolate pockets yuum!

  18. I’m with you – chocolate chips are the best all melty in banana bread! This looks so moist and delicious! Sounds like you are having a great time in London!

  19. What a fantastic, light recipe! Got to try it. :) ela

  20. I’ve never though about making banana bread with oat flour. I will definitely try it, and I will most definitely add a lot of chocolate chips!

  21. I need more recipes like this..trying to eat healthier lately! We’ll see how long this lasts :)

  22. This recipe sounds really tasty! I really want to try it, especially since its healthy!

  23. This is amazing! I made it today and added both chocolate chips and walnuts and it is SO GOOD! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  24. That’s the down side with traveling – you always end up missing your own kitchen (or A kitchen for that matter!!). This banana bread is gorgeous, and I definitely love that it is a healthier version ;)

  25. I love that this bread was secretly healthy and any banana bread is a friend of mine. Beautiful images as well.

  26. This looks so good!! And have fun in Paris!!

  27. I love trying new banana bread recipes and this one looks like a total winner. It’s so moist inside! And melty chocolate chips are the best. I love how healthy this is compared to the ones I usually make, lol. Hope you’re having a great time in London despite not being able to bake!

  28. I LOVE secretly healthy baked goods! And I’m way overdue for some banana bread. LOVE this.

  29. I love the secret ingredient! I’m sure people won’t even notice the difference. I love banana bread sooo much but have not made it in a while, thanks for the reminder !

  30. Mmmm, this looks so good! My fave banana bread recipe has choco chips too. I’ve never made anything gluten free, but i’m def willing to give this a try.

  31. Great recipe Healthy Gluten Free Banana Bread. This is my favorite of all breads.I am nuts for banana bread. Your bread looks just scrumptious it makes my mouth water just looking at it. I just love the idea of putting chocolate chips in it. Just Tasty Awesome!!!!!

  32. Hi, I made this the other night (added xanthan gum) and the outer shell rose and cooked much quicker than the inside (nearly burned in the 1 hr cook time). I had to cut off the outer layer and only eat the inside. The flavor was great, but the inside was rather jello textured. I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the xanthan gum. Would I have better success if I tried it without next time? I love the simplicity of the ingredients and the combination of flavors so I am hoping to keep this recipe as my standby banana bread. I would just hope for more of a bread texture like the picture next time…

    • Hi Julia, yes, xanthan gum can tend to make things more jello-like and alter the texture of a recipe, which is one of the reasons I prefer not to use it. Try making the recipe as is for better results, because ingredients like xantham gum alter the chemical reactions in the baking process and can drastically change the final texture of a product.

    • Same thing happened to me but I didn’t add the xanthan gum. The outside tasted great, but inside was pretty much inedible. I really want to try it again this weekend, but I’m hesitant. You’ve made this often without any trouble?

      • Hi Claire, I have made it a few times with success so I’m sorry it’s not turning out for you! What was the texture of the inside like? This bread does have a lot of moisture, so you could try reducing the applesauce or banana by about 1/4 or 1/2 cup to make the bread cook more evenly.

  33. Ok so this recipe has the perfect ingredients and amazing flavor but I ran into a bit of trouble on the way. After mixing the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, the ratio of liquid I had to dry ingredients didn’t seem right. I trusted my gut and left roughly 1/4th of the liquids in the bowl and mixed the other 3/4ths into the dry. This turned out a really great loaf as I’ve attempted so many gluten free nut free options. So all in all I truly believe the recipe is off but with a few adjustments it’s to die for.

  34. I am looking forward to baking this weekend!:) I wanted to ask you if it will be ok if I use a muffin tin instead. Many thanks!!

  35. Hi! Can I use gluten-free flour rather than gluten-free OATS? I love that this recipe is very healthy and natural!

  36. Hi, thank you for sharing your recipe! This is my first time seeing your site. My daughter had her friend over after school and I had the ingredients out and waiting to prepare for them. We made the bread together and it’s still in the oven as I type this. It took a big longer than I expected… I did get to try a little bit earlier when I thought it was ready–it’s very very good. I added melted peanut butter and swirled it through the batter before I put it in the oven. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Caroline & Kids

  37. I made this last night and it turned out great! How long will it keep at room temp/do you think it would freeze well?

    • Hi Delaney! I would keep it wrapped/covered at room temperature for about 2 days. After that, it will freeze well for about 3 months! Just make sure it’s wrapped super well to avoid freezer burn. So glad that you liked the bread – enjoy! :)

  38. Seriously, this is better than any banana bread I’ve ever had!!! I made them into muffins and cut the time in half. My kids can’t stop eating them. Thank you sooooo much!!!!!

  39. The only substitution I made was using gluten free all purpose flour. Plus, I left the bananas slightly chunky and threw in some Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips. Turned out absolutely perfect! (And I don’t cook/bake.) Definitely making this again! Thanks for posting!

  40. Made this, it was AWESOME. I cut back on the maple syrup by a tiny bit, and used an 8.5 x 4.5 pan. It cooked in 40 minutes, I covered it with foil at about 20 because it was looking a tidge brown. Soooo good slathered with butter!

  41. I made this recipe into muffins (baked for 25 minutes) for my GF son who complains that he never gets the best treats, and he LOVED it! No “weird” (as he says) GF flour texture. Just so I’d have extra muffins to freeze for him, I doubled the recipe but left the honey amount un-doubled and it was still plenty sweet. Thank you for sharing this!


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