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Festive Dessert: Banana Bread (Gluten free/Vegan)

For our fourth recipe in the series on festive desserts, we bring to you a gluten-free and vegan recipe for an all-time favorite, banana bread. An indulgent treat, yet healthy too!

Banana bread is a cake-like dessert that’s great for tea-time (or anytime you feel like having dessert). Course : Dessert Time : 1 hr Servings : 10 -12 slices Author : Jeeva Anna George


The recipe below is gluten-free and soy-free. It can be made nut-free by avoiding the walnuts. The vegan alternatives are italicized and followed by *.

  1. Rice flour (20 gm)

  2. Sorghum/Jowar flour (140 gm)

  3. Tapioca/corn/potato starch (60 gm)

  4. Xanthan/guar gum or flax seed powder (1 tsp)

  5. Baking powder (2 tsp)

  6. Eggs (2 nos., beaten) or vegan egg replacer*

  7. Butter (125 gm, melted) or oil*

  8. Chocolate chips dark (80 gm)

  9. Vanilla essence (1/2 tsp)

  10. Coconut sugar or raw cane sugar (200 gm)

  11. Bananas (3 ripe robusta)

  12. Walnuts (60 gm, chopped) – optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius and grease a loaf pan.

  2. Sieve the flours and mix in the gum and baking powder.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, butter, walnuts, chocolate, essence, sugar, and mashed bananas. Mix thoroughly.

  4. Give the dry ingredients a good stir, and then slowly add in the wet mixture while stirring. You can do this either in a stand mixer or a handheld one.

  5. Once the batter is thoroughly mixed, scoop the mixture into the greased pan and bake for 40-50 minutes. Keep checking it to avoid burning the top.

banana bread batter in greased loaf pan
  1. When it has risen and turned golden, pierce with a toothpick to check if it’s done. Once the toothpick comes out clear, wait for 5 minutes and then turn it over onto a cooling rack.

banana bread loaf
  1. After it has cooled down, slice the banana bread and serve.

About the author

Jeeva -

Jeeva is based out of Bangalore. You can find more information about gluten-free living and recipes on her blog, and follow her at the following handles

  1. Instagram @jagglutenfree

  2. Facebook @GFIndia

  3. Twitter @JAGGlutenfree

You can also reach her at

Other recipes in our series: Sabudana Kheer Poached Pears Chai-spiced Honey Apple Cheese Galette

– Edited by Linu Mathew, Editor (Living)

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this post are the personal views of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Any omissions or errors are the author’s and A Week In Life does not assume any liability or responsibility for them.

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