Keto banana bread is light, moist, and infused with banana flavor without the extra sugar and carbs! Made with a secret ingredient, it’s the perfect gluten free, dairy free, low carb bread for quick breakfasts, afternoon snacks, and everything in between.
Why You’ll Love Gluten Free Keto Banana Bread
We know what you’re thinking. There’s no way banana bread can be keto, right?! In its traditional form that is correct, but you should know that we would never leave you hanging and out of luck when a craving strikes! So, we transformed traditional banana bread into a low carb option with the help of a few simple swaps and secret ingredients.
The result was a super tasty keto banana bread recipe that’s free from artificial flavors, refined sugar, gluten, and dairy! However, it’s every bit as soft and fluffy as the bread you grew up eating. Sounds too good to be true, right? Just consider it a dream come true. In no time at all, you can be munching on your new favorite breakfast or snack with this kid-friendly recipe.
Are Bananas Suitable for a Keto Diet?
As you probably already know, the keto diet is one in which carbohydrate consumption is reduced to 50 grams a day or less. (Source) That said, a single medium-sized banana contains roughly 25 grams of carbs. That’s half of the allotted consumption in a single piece of fruit, and most banana bread recipes contain more than one large banana! So, needless to say, bananas themselves along with banana bread are not entirely keto-friendly.
That said, there is a way in which you can enjoy all the sweet flavor of bananas without all the carbs or using banana extract. For this recipe, we included a single banana, but there are a few twists.
First: Use an underripe banana instead of overly ripe bananas as you might expect. This is because underripe (aka greener) bananas have more resistant starch which is also known as fiber. This fiber content is subtracted from the total carbohydrate count of the bread to find the net carbs which are what count when it comes to keto.
Second: Freeze the fruit. By freezing then thawing and mashing the banana we are able to extract the liquid and incorporate it into the dough for a well-rounded banana flavor with way less carbs. It’s like bread baking magic!
Once frozen, we’ll let the banana thaw in the fridge (or warm it in the microwave), and mash it in a bowl, making sure to reserve the liquid/juice for the bread.
Ingredients You’ll Need
In addition to the banana and a few baking essentials, you’ll also need a few key gluten free ingredients including:
- Almond Flour – A great low carb, gluten free flour alternative, almond flour creates a fluffy texture while providing a great source of fiber and healthy fats.
- Coconut Flour – We like to combine almond flour and coconut flour to create a more bread-like texture. However, you’ll want to measure carefully! Coconut oil has a unique texture and absorbs a large amount of liquid meaning a little goes a long way.
Pro-Tip: Every flour measures different, and measuring cups can be inconsistent. So, for the best results, use a food scale to measure the grams!
- Ground Flax Seed – Golden or regular flax meal can be used as both a binder and thickener, holding the bread together and creating the best texture.
- Spices – Cinnamon and turmeric add a slightly sweet and spicy flavor along with anti-inflammatory properties and health benefits!
- Eggs – Crucial to form the dough.
- Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice – When combined with the baking soda, the acid helps to create a vegan replacement for buttermilk, helping the bread rise.
Note: We think this keto banana bread is plenty sweet as it is. However, to enhance the taste even further, feel free to add 1/4 cup of monk fruit sweetener! It’s one of our favorite natural sugar options because it has a low glycemic index and no stranger aftertaste.
How to Make This Keto Banana Bread Recipe
This low carb banana bread recipe is a breeze to make. Don’t believe us? See it in action below!
- Prepare. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Then, line the bottom of an 8×4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, and grease the sides. Heat the frozen banana in a bowl for a minute in a microwave, or in a saucepan on the stovetop. This will reduce the banana and concentrate the flavor. Then, mash it in the bowl and set it aside, along with any of its juice.
- Combine the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, salt, baking soda, and flaxseed meal. Add in the sugar and spices, and whisk again.
- Incorporate the wet ingredients. In a second small bowl, whisk the eggs until smooth. Combine them with the flour mixture, and incorporate the mashed banana and liquid. Add in the apple cider vinegar, vanilla, and melted butter, and combine until smooth.
- Bake. Pour the batter into the loaf pan, and brush the top with melted butter and sugar-free syrup, a pinch of turmeric, and cinnamon, if desired. Then, place it in the oven for 35-45 minutes.
Here at Cotter Crunch we test, retest, and test all our recipes again to ensure they’re perfect for you. So, naturally along the way we discover a few tips and tricks to make each recipe even easier for you!
Remove Any Clumps. Take your time when mixing the flours, and be careful to remove any clumps that might develop to allow for a smooth batter and even flavor.
Don’t Overmix. Incorporate all of your ingredients until they’re just combined. Continuing to mix will only result in tough, dry keto banana bread!
Add Banana On Top. Slice half of a small banana (or add another ½ if you aren’t strictly Keto), and place it on top of the bread for a pretty presentation and extra texture.
Cover with Foil. If after 45 minutes your bread still has not set, cover it with foil, rotate it in the oven, and continue to bake for another 5-10 minutes or until it is golden brown on top and a toothpick can be inserted into the center and comes out clean.
Looking to spruce up your low carb banana bread with even more flavor? Try incorporating these tasty add-ins!
Nuts – Fold in toasted, chopped walnuts or pecans for a boost of extra fiber, healthy fats, and a satisfying crunch!
Blueberries – A tasty low carb fruit, blueberries are also packed full of antioxidants and fiber!
Storage and Freezing Options
This keto banana bread disappears almost immediately once baked. However, if you do have leftovers, it keeps well and can be enjoyed all week!
Room Temperature: Place your bread in a sealable bag or airtight container, and keep it on the counter for up to 2 days in a cool, dry place.
Fridge: Low carb banana bread will stay fresh for up to 1 week.
Freezer: Let the banana bread cool completely. Then, slice it, and wrap each piece with parchment paper before transferring them to an airtight container. They can be frozen for up to 6 months.
Reheating: When you’re ready to eat, let your bread thaw on the counter or in the fridge overnight. Then, enjoy it cold, or warm it in the microwave for a few seconds, and enjoy!
More Easy Gluten Free Bread Recipes
If you love this gluten free keto banana bread recipe, you won’t want to miss out on more of our favorite quick breads including:
- Almond Flour Pumpkin Bread – A grain free, dairy free, gluten free bread infused with sweet and savory flavors!
- Paleo Orange Zucchini Bread – A refined sugar free better-for-you version of traditional zucchini bread made with whole food ingredients.
- Cinnamon Almond Flour Bread – Hearty, versatile, and subtly sweet.
- Homemade Nut and Seed Paleo Bread – The best grain free, gluten free bread loaf perfect for sandwiches or toast.
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