Banana Walnut Breakfast Loaf. Gluten-free Vegan Gum-free Recipe

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This Breakfast Loaf has been sitting in my drafts since March. Quick to put together, with warm spices, Oat, rice, amaranth and almond flours, and a great snack as well. Add more nuts, other nuts and seeds, add cooked quinoa to the batter. Slice these up and carry everywhere. This loaf is gluten-free and refined sugar free. It can be easily made with gluten as well with any whole grain flour. 

Walnuts are a great source of fatty acids, they help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol, vit E and B complex groups, manganese, copper, iron, potassium and have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Bananas of course are a pretty much over all awesome food. The sweetness eliminates the need for added sugars, the bulk eliminates the need for oil, all the potassium, fiber and B6 and this is one packed loaf. 

Why do I make smaller loafs you ask. Hubbs is allergic to Banana, and there is only so much snacking I can do. I prefer savory breakfast and snacks. The recipe can be doubled easily.

And someone please keep bugging me till I make gluten-free flour mix recipes for breads, cakes and bakes, so the recipe can say use a cup of my gf flour blend. :) 
More Banana options from the blog.
This Banana Oat Quinoa Quick Bread bar
Banana Walnut Brown Rice Pudding parfait. GF
Ginger Spiced Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies. GF
Banana Oatmeal Quinoa Cookies
And definitely use the fresh walnuts in these Carrot Cake pancakes!. GF option

Mash the banana with the other wet ingredients.

Mix the dry ingredients and drop in a pan and bake.

One of the rare sunny days from March. It is partly cloudy today. If you see me disappear from the blog this Summer, you will know it is Sunny that day ;)

All baked and ready and the house smells amazing! 

Banana Walnut Loaf
Allergen information: Free of Dairy, egg, soy, yeast, gluten, refined-sugar. can be made corn-free and oil-free 
Makes a medium bread pan. (8.5 by 4.5 inch)
2 ripe Bananas
1 Tbsp oil (optional)
1/4 cup non dairy milk
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup (depends on the ripeness of the banana
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup Oat flour (certified gluten-free)
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup amaranth flour (or sorghum or millet)
1 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot starch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Pre-heat the oven to 365 degrees F.
Mash the bananas well. then mix in all the wet ingredients. 
In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Add to the wet and mix to combine. 
Fold in the walnuts. Drop the batter in a greased pan.
Even it out and bake for 40 minutes.
I used very ripe bananas. Use stevia/sugar to preference if the bananas are not sweet enough for the loaf. Or if the loaf is already baked and not sweet enough, serve warm with light maple drizzle.
For a with gluten version, use 1 1/4 cup flour (Spelt, white etc) instead of the oat, rice, almond, amaranth flour combination. Mix in with the baking powder,soda, spices and cornstarch. Add 1 cup of dry flour mix to the wet, then add more if needed and bake.

For variations: Add sunflower/hemp/other seeds to make nut-free(Use oat flour to sub almond flour). Add a 1/4 cup cooked quinoa to the batter. Change up the spices. 

The walnuts used for this bread are California Walnuts(sample pack was sent to me for review). These were very fresh compared to the hit or miss freshness from bulk bins. 


  1. how would coconut flour do as a substitute for the almond flour (i have an intolerance to almonds but this looks delicious!)?

    1. coconut flour absorbs a lot of wet and will dry up the loaf a bit. use more oat flour,

  2. this looks amaaaaaazing, richa! and i am loving how the only added sugar is a couple tablespoons of maple syrup. i must try this one!

  3. Richa, can I use brown rice flour instead of white? Also i don't have amaranth, sorghum or millet flour....can i just increase the quantity of the other flours? Looks delish.

    1. yup, use more oat flour. brown rice flour is fine.

  4. Awesome recipe! Just made little cakes out of this, minus the walnuts as didn't have any and using water instead of plant milk as didn't want to open a carton. Also used red rice flour as that was what I had and they are really delicious. Thank you so much xxxxx

  5. Great recipe - you can never go wrong with banana bread! I love how you naturally sweetened this nana bread with only a couple drops of maple syrup! Also, I tried your mango chutney a few weeks ago with success - the hubby and I both loved it!! :)

  6. perfect recipe! loved it so much. thank you!

  7. This looks amazing! I can't have oats, so could you tell me the best and easiest way to substitute for the oat flour, please? I can't wait to try this! Thank you!

    1. MZ, I think Richa is having fun in the sun! Its been 85 degrees and perfect here these last few days :-)

    2. use rice flours and starch like this recipe

    3. :D kamini, it was amazing wasn;t it :) hubbs is working long hours though so i dont have any way to get out. so me and chewie are just hanging out in the yard and community.

  8. Made this for breakfast today. I forgot to add the walnuts but it was still delicious.

  9. A one-size fits most GF flour recipe would be AWESOME!!!

  10. I made this today but I used kefir milk and hazelnuts. Then cooked it in the breadmaker. I cooked it for 50 minutes but needed a little more. Would do this again for sure. Thanks.

  11. Hi this looks awesome! I have a bag of Bob's all purpose GF would I be able to sub that for the cornstarch flour mixture but still add the baking powder/soda??


    1. yes you can use the gf flour blend. use 1.25 cups to sub all the flours till cornstarch.
      it does have garbanzo bean flour. so if you are used to using the gf flour blend in sweet bakes and are ok with the bean taste then it will work well. I personally find the bean taste quite strong with a sweet bake. :)

  12. Such a pretty loaf- love all the goodness you packed in there!

  13. PLEASE, PLEASE create an all purpose, healthy, gluten free flour mix!! In desperate need of one and everything you make turns to DEELISH!! Will be most appreciated!!

  14. Just made this loaf - DEELISH!!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

    1. yay! so glad you made it and loved it!

  15. Can I use all almond or oat flour instead?

    1. all oat makes the texture very different. use half oat half almond. or 3/4 cup oat flour and 1/2 cup almond flour to total the amount of flour used in this recipe.


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