A Gluten-Free Christmas, Fun and Festive Banana Bread

Gluten free banana bread is perfect for everyone on your gift list!

Fun and Festive Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Nothing says Christmas like fresh baked banana bread!

Before going gluten-free, every Christmas I would bake tons of mini banana breads and pass them out as little gifts. Everyone goes bananas for banana bread! This simple recipe was inspired by a recipe of a good friend (I don’t know where she got it, but it’s really good!). Miss Jane is quite the expert when it comes to banana bread.

I couldn’t let becoming gluten-free ruin my Christmas tradition. I had to make the recipe gluten-free. Turns out it was not that hard and no one can tell that it is gluten-free. I get requests for this recipe all the time. You are going to love it!

Fun and Festive Banana Bread

Fun and Festive.

I found these super cute ceramic mini loaf pans at Michael’s after last Christmas. I think I paid 50 cents each for them. They are pretty and reusable. I saw them this year at the store for a dollar. I used to buy disposable paper baking pans, but these are actually cheaper and much cuter. You can give them with the gift or just buy 4 and use them as your own mini loaf pan set! This recipe freezes really well so you can make them ahead of time and just thaw out when needed!

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A few simple adjustments.

Turns out transforming the recipe to gluten-free only took a few adjustments.

A high quality gluten-free flour.

I use GFJules (affiliate link) and I love it because I do not have to worry about adding xanthan gum and it doesn’t make my baked goods taste like beans. If you have a favorite flour, by all means use it. If it does not already have xanathan gum, you will need to add 1 teaspoon per 1 cup of flour.

Measure the bananas.

When making banana bread recipes usually call for an approximate amount of mashed bananas. This gluten-free banana bread requires one cup. If there is to much liquid the bread stays mushy on the inside.


Banana bread almost always calls for buttermilk/ Does anyone ever have buttermilk on hand? I don’t and I’m not buying it for one recipe. I always use 1 teaspoon of vinegar and enough milk to make half a cup.


I don’t use them in baking. It’s a personal preference, you can add some if you like. Though if you are giving them as gifts, I would suggest leaving them out.


That’s about it! Gluten-free or not, everyone will be thrilled to receive one of these mini banana breads as a gift! Can’t get enough of banana bread? Try this recipe for gluten free banana bread with cinnamon streusel!

Fun and Festive Banana Bread

Fun and Festive Banana Bread
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter or non dairy butter substitute (such as Earth Balance Sticks)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar plus enough milk to make 1/2 cup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (plus 2 and 1/2 tsp xanthan gum if your flour does not already include it)

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Lightly grease pans
  3. Combine vinegar and milk. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Cream together butter and sugar.
  5. Stir in eggs, vanilla, banana and milk.
  6. Add baking soda, salt, and flour. Mix well.
  7. Pour into individual baking dishes.
  8. Bake for about an hour or until toothpick comes out clean in center.

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20 thoughts on “A Gluten-Free Christmas, Fun and Festive Banana Bread

  1. So glad you were able to make this GF for Christmas, it looks perfect! This will be my second GF Christmas and I feel much more prepared this year! May have to put this banana bread on the menu!

  2. We just found out my youngest has a gluten intolerance. He absolutely loves banana bread so this gets me excited to make this for him. Thank you!

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