The Dichotomous Wife

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Desserts Recipe

Almost Everything-Free Banana Bread

Another random “internet find” has led to the happy return of a family favourite! (Seriously though! How long can a girl survive without her go-to, bring-anywhere dessert?)

Banana Loaf

Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Banana Bread


  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed (I tend to let mine get overripe for best flavour)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (coconut oil would work as well)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (I used President’s Choice Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend — contains tapioca, potato and corn)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional; the original recipe called for a full cup, but that seemed a bit excessive)
  • coconut oil or cooking spray (to oil the loaf pan)

Banana Loaf Sliced

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. With a hand blender, beat together mashed banana, oil, eggs, and water until creamy.  Add vanilla, flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices. Beat well. Fold nuts into batter with a spatula. Spoon batter into oiled and floured 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. Spread batter evenly.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. Makes one loaf.



Kitchen Notes
  • Good size, weight, and appearance. Smells like banana bread. Slices easily once cooled. Mouth-feel is same as conventional loaf. Distinct lack of usual caramelized sweetness (compared to loaf made with brown sugar).
  • Drizzle your slice with a touch of honey or maple syrup for a bit of added sweetness and a better approximation of the “customary” banana bread experience. Lovely!
  • Source:  Adapted from

8 Comment

  1. My mom gave me a recipe and it’s nice and sweet: Lower Fat Banana Nut Bread. Fat-free sour cream and reduced-fat margarine really make a dent in the fat gram count without sacrificing the yumminess factor.

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    1. Hi Liliana!

      Thanks for your kind comment!

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    1. Hey Vic!

      And here I was, so surprised at how similar it was to the one I used to make… except for the whole sugar thing, of course!

  3. Hey Rach!

    Funny you should say that! Sam and I are currently enjoying a slice of banana bread with some mint tea. We’ve already gotten through half the loaf in the last day or so! Sam says it’s way better than Starbuck’s — he’s not a fan of sweet things or desserts, so I guess that’s pretty high praise. Lol!

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