Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Bread.
We’ve made it, you guys.I can’t believe summer is here!
This is the last week of school for my oldest daughter. My youngest was out two weeks ago (pre-school). I always think back to my summers as a kid. We never went to summer school. . I’m not sure our school even offered it for enrichment (and fun) classes? Well, if they did while I was in elementary school, we didn’t go. We just played outside all day with our friends, with no parental supervision mind you, played down at the creek, went over to our friends’ houses, stayed up late watching TV or movies and slept in. Ah, that was the good life. We seriously did summer right.
I’m obviously not in the same mindset, as a mother now. I’m not bombarding my kids with activities but we certainly have a lot planned, not to mention a few local trips and a quick family weekend getaway in August.
My plan is to relax a little more. I’ll probably be here on the blog, just twice a week with new recipes and am hoping to get some R&R, read some books and just enjoy the summer and my family.
What do you guys have planned for the summer?
And . . I am doing it. I’m doing The Whole 30 and will be starting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 9. It’s probably not the best time to start (I’ll be attending Eat Write Retreat the weekend of June 26-28 in Chicago) and July 4th will be in there as well, not to mention a friend’s birthday party. . but hey, there’s probably never going to be the perfect time to do it. . so I’m just going for it. No birthday cake for me. And will just have to eat a bun-less burger on the 4th and I’ll just bring myself a few apples to munch on and will have to pack some (salad dressing) necessities for EWR . . which should be doable since I’m driving from Madison. #stayingpositive See, I have it all planned out. God help me. #nosweetsfor30days But here’s the silver lining . . July 8th will be my last day and I go on the Wisconsin Cheese Blogger Tour on July 9-11. #yummmmmmcheese
If you’re interested, my plan is to post at least one recipe a day for 30 days on Instagram .. to show ideas on what you can eat. I’m hoping to see a difference in my energy level and my complexion.
Now, let’s get to this bread.
I’m currently training for a half marathon in August and bananas + almond butter is my jam. Like, I eat this everyday and sometimes more on my long run days. Needless to say, we have lots of bananas in the house. I buy my organic bananas from Costco. I usually pick up at least 2, maybe 3 bunches and since I was traveling last week, one bunch got really nice and ripe. I was going to make these cookies again but decided to bake something new… Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Bread!
And I’m so glad I did.
You guys . this gluten free BLUEBERRY BANANA BREAD! I am in tears that I cannot eat this bread again for the next 30 days. It was SO GOOD. And maybe even tasted better because it was like my “last supper” baked treat.
I made one for friends who were visiting and made another one the following day! It was THAT GOOD. Make it gluten-free, or use regular flour, it’s up to you. And I did add one of my favorite things in here . . golden flaxseed meal which gave the bread a hint of nutty flavor .. I loved it!
Honestly, this might be my best quick bread recipe. It tasted so good. And I left the ripe bananas a little chunky, like I mashed them, but left some banana chunks in there. Damn. So good.
I hope you try this!
Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Bread
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free baking flour
- 1/4 cup golden flaxseed meal
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 ripe bananas peeled and coarsely mashed to yield about 3/4 cup of mashed banana
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray and line a 9- by 5- by 3-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, flaxseed meal, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Using a separate large mixing bowl, beat together, by hand, the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the mashed bananas and blueberries. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and fold, using a rubber spatula, just until blended.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake until a tester inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, or for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes. Remove the loaf from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Bread recipe adapted from The Food Network
Jess @ whatjessicabakednext says
This blueberry banana bread looks divine, Alice! Definitely need to try it soon!
Thanks so much, Jess!!! you need to. . this one is delish!
Oh, no! I mean, it’s great that you’re trying the Whole 30 thing, but I always get nervous about eating plans like that. I went through this no-sugar thing a few years back and all it made me do was think about Reese’s PB cups to the point of obsession. Wait, I still do that. 😉
As last suppers go, this banana bread is IT. And don’t be sad. You’ll be chowing down on cheese in a month! LOTS of cheese. And all that relaxing time will help, too. Just take cleansing breaths!
haha, thank you Mir!!! yeah, I like a challenge. . but today I was thinking. . damn, 30 days is a longgggg time.
I cant wait for my two to finish in two weeks time. Whoohoo! I feel like you, I just want to take some needed R&R, recharge my batteries and spend some quality time with hubby and kids. We have a weekend away planned too and are also planning to go to one of the other islands called Lanzarote for a week sometime during the summer (we still need to book). I´ll definitely follow your 30 day plan on Instagram. You go girl!!
Thank you Johlene . . the book says tell people if you’re going to do it. . b/c it makes it more real if you put it out there. . and I did. great! 😛 hoping you have a great summer with your family!!!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Haha – well, Alice – this sounds like the perfect “last supper” baked treat before you begin Whole 30! Lemons and blueberries together is like chocolate and peanut butter – just finger licking good! I hope you get to enjoy your summer – and get plenty of R&R – and fully exercise your tastebuds at Eat Write Retreat and the Wisconsin Cheese Blogger Tour!
Thank you, Shashi!!!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I can’t believe summer is finally here! I really miss the days of summer vacation and being worry-free as a kid. This bread looks like the perfect treat to celebrate with! I love the blueberry and banana combination, Alice! It sounds absolutely delicious and even better that it’s gluten-free!
Thanks so much, Gayle!!! yeah, if only we were 10 again! 😛
Vanessa @ VeganFamilyRecipes.com says
This is one good looking blueberry banana bread, Alice! My nearly 2yr old is ADDICTED to blueberries and he would go crazy for this bread 🙂
Vanessa, my daughter (age 4) LOVED this bread!!! Like, inhaled loved it. 🙂
Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven says
This is the PERFECT loaf, Alice! I’m seriously swooning over all that burstin’ blueberry goodness and how perfectly soft and moist this bread looks! And um, the fact that it’s gluten-free and healthy totally means that I can eat the whole loaf right??
haha, that’s my logic. . I’m down with that. . and this will be the first thing I am making when I can bake and have sugar again!
Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says
This blueberry banana bread sounds amazing! I did whole30 in February. It was tough, but I was glad I did it, it was very eye opening (I documented what I made and ate on my blog each week, so if you need any ideas there are some, or I’d be happy to chat anytime!) I just found out I can’t go to Eat Write Retreat, so unfortunately I won’t see you there, but I will see you in July 🙂 Best of luck girl, you got this!!
Awh, man!!! Really?!!! Darn! ok, well I will see you in july!!!!
Yay for summer and good luck with The Whole 30. You can totally do it. I did something similar last year and again earlier this year and it has helped me so much with my energy levels. Love all the goodies you packed into this blueberry banana bread. It looks so soft and incredible and those bursting berries are perfect!
thanks so much, Kelly!!! I hope so!!! and that’s so great to hear! I need more energy!
David @ Spiced says
I love, love, love banana bread…and I’m totally digging the blueberry addition here. Save me a slice!!
Thank you, David!!!!
Sarah | Broma Bakery says
So excited to see what you post, Alice! And good for you for treating summer the way it should be- as a relaxing time to enjoy yourself with your friends and family!
Good luck with The Whole 30 , I’m always pretty bad with meal plans and diets 🙁 . This blueberry banana bread looks amazing! Wish I had a slice for breakfast now 🙂 Pinned!
Thank you Mira! I’m going for it! 😛
Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says
Holy moly you are my hero girlfriend! I will try to be on my best behavior when it comes to food at EWR!! ANd I love this bread. It looks so hearty and delicious!
J, hahah. . yeah you need to keep me accountable. . damn, going to have to pack my own salad dressing and veggies. . 😛 See you soon, boo!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
This bread looks ridiculously moist and I love the addition of the fresh berries 🙂
Thank you Medha!
Katalina @ Peas and Peonies says
I love adding blueberries to my banana bread, since my toddler is obsessed with them, love this recipe.
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
Hooray for summer vacation! Good for you to take some relaxation time. Good luck with the Whole 30 thing. I don’t have that much self-control. I would rather have that whole loaf of banana and blueberry bread! It looks absolutely fantastic!
haha, I know I know. . and just so you know. . the book tells you to tell people if you are doing it. . which is smart I guess b/c now. . everyone knows!!! AHHHHHH!
Harriet Emily says
This Banana bread looks stunning! What beautiful photographs. I love the addition of blueberries too, it’s one of my favourite flavour combinations. I could definitely do with a slice of this right now!
This bread looks scrumptious! What GF flour did you use?
Glad to hear you’ll be doing the half marathon! My hat tips off to you. 🙂
And I’m right there with you on the posting 2x/wk. Now that your kids will be home more, you have to enjoy these moments with them. Enjoy summer to its fullest!
hey Connie!!! I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 to 1 baking flour and their organic golden flaxseed meal! 🙂 thank you so much!!! yes, let’s enjoy this summer to the fullest!!!
Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says
I love the looks of this bread, Alice! All those plump blueberries always draw me in!
Congrats on the half marathon – You go!!!
Thank you so much Robyn!!! woot woot!!!
I loved summer as a kid too! We never had summer school growing up and just played everyday outside…with no parental supervision. Ahhh those were the days! Hope you have lots of fun with the girls this summer and I agree..relaxing and taking it slow will be the most fun. Good luck with the WHole30. I love your motivation and know you can do it!! I’ll eat this bread for you 🙂
haha, I know you would, girl. . love you, Z! Sending you some virtual bread b/c this one is all gone!!!
Alice, I’m totally trying this this week!! Looks great!
This will be the first thing I make when I can bake again in 30 days! 😛
Marissa | Pinch and Swirl says
That’s awesome about Whole30 – you’re on fire, Alice!! And this bread? Delish!!
I’m looking forward to lots of hiking and mountain biking this summer…hooray for sunshine!
the bread looks so gorgeous Alice! I love it!!
Melanie @ Carmel Moments says
That looks amazing Alice! I love blueberry and banana together!
Kathleen | HapaNomNom says
Alice, you are a far better woman than I for not only doing The Whole 30… but a half marathon too!? Seriously, either one of those independently would probably kill me 😉 You got this girl – you can do it!
This Blueberry Banana Bread sounds incredible, and what a fantastic way to indulge 🙂
Kathleen . . you crack me up! the running (surprisingly) is my therapy and will help since I can’t eat sweets. . this is my logic at least 😛
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
I could eat this banana bread all afternoon, I love the blueberries!
Allie | Baking a Moment says
Woman, you are such a freakin’ inspiration! No sweets for 30 days, a recipe a day on Instagram, and a gd marathon!?! Seriously you are making the rest of us look bad. Knock it off! Haha just kidding, keep up the amazing work! This bread sounds incredible! Love all the healthy goodness you’ve packed in there!
Allie, haha .. the running keeps me sane. . and now my running buddies have become my close friends so it’s fun. . the Whole 30 thing, ask me again in 2 weeks. . I’ll be cursing everyone 😛
Christina @ Bake with Christina says
That banana bread looks super delicious! And I love the added blueberries – it adds such a nice color, and they’re so yummy!! Pinned 🙂
Liz @ Floating Kitchen says
Oh man. Your summer is packed! So much good stuff going on. And I’ll be curious to see how your Whole30 adventure goes. Good for you. I don’t know if I have the self-restraint. Ahhh!
Oooh! I did a half marathon! It was such an achievement, I’m so glad I did it. 🙂 I can’t believe this is gluten free, it looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing Alice! 🙂 N x
Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness says
There are so many banana breads that I want to make! This might be added to my super long list. Looks SO good!
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says
I have been telling myself that I need to get on the Whole30 band wagon but I am such a carb lover. Agh!
Excited to follow along on your 30 day journey. Who knows, maybe I will feel inspired and just take the leap…or maybe I will just double up on frozen yogurt. Ha!
This bread is gorgeous. Love the banana and blueberry combo…and its carbs so obviously I WANT! 😉
Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says
This looks fabulous Alice – can’t wait to see your Whole 30 recipe ideas!
Go you! Half marathon & Whole 30?! Make a girl feel like a slacker, why don’t ya! You got this! And I gotta get myself to the kitchen and make this yummy bread… Yum.
Kelsey @ Badger Kitchen says
Are you running the Madison Mini Marathon?!
The first half of my summer is crazy busy but then I’m hoping to relax the second half before starting law school. I plan to bake healthier treats for study breaks when I’m in school so I’ll be saving this recipe!
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
This looks incredible Alice! LOVE all kinds of banana bread! Good for you for making a change! I am trying to cut out some carbs and sugar for the next few weeks, too, but I’m not quite as brave as you! Good luck friend — I hope you feel amazing! Look forward to your updates 🙂
Whoa this looks delicious! I love the generous amount of blueberries – this is a banana bread recipe I’ll definitely try!
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says
I always love to find a good gluten-free bread! Also, I am so proud of you for even attempting the Whole 30!! I could never. My co-worker just finished it though and she was so happy that she is adapting some of that more into her normal routine. I know you can do it!!
This bread looks delicious!!!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
This loaf of blueberry-banana bread looks like perfection! I love that you made this gluten free! A thick slice of this, toasted and slathered with butter is totally calling my name…. since it has blueberries AND bananas I’m assuming this can be considered diet food and I can therefore load it up with butter. 🙂 Good luck with Whole30 and enjoy your R&R! Cheers!
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says
Some of my teacher friends do the Whole 30 challenge and enjoy it. Good luck! This bread looks so yummy. I definitely need to try it. 🙂
Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says
This banana bread looks so perfect! The blueberries add such a nice freshness to it!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
Good luck with the Whole 30!! I’d last a day. Who am I kidding? I’d last an hour!! 🙂
I think I’d cry if I couldn’t eat this loaf, too! It looks phenomenal!! Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks!!! xoxo
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
Alice! I can’t wait to see what happens during your Whole30 journey! I can’t believe you’re doing this through July 4th, but like you said, there’s never a good time to go on that diet. I can’t make tremendous promises, but I’m SO down to do it next month.
Way to get this banana bread out of the way before you start on the Whole30!
Jolena @TheRubyKitchen says
Get in my belly!
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
Yay for summer and relaxing being here! We have tried to not jam pack our schedule, so our kids can enjoy a break. Girl, I can’t even imagine doing the whole 30…although your meal pics each day have been great. It totally gives me the thought that I could do it…maybe! My sweet tooth kind of needs a detox! But now all I can think about is banana bread. This one is calling my name for sure!
Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness says
This banana bread looks heavenly! I’m all about the blueberries lately, and banana bread is my go-to thing to make when I have super ripe bananas. Yum!
Oh wow! My first attempt at gluten free anything! After looking at recipes for weeks, I tried this one. So many variables w/ GF… I made my own flour combo (1/2 c. each white & brown rice flour, 1/2 cup tapioca flour as that is what I bought months ago). I only had 1 very ripe banana but added more blueberries (frozen/thawed-hey,it’s November!) I used some of the flour to coat the berries before adding. I decided to do muffins so I could taste before giving them away. My, oh my! I ate two! I am baking the second batch as it is making 16 and my pan is for 12. Baking at 375 for 22 or so minutes. That means I can eat two more and still give away a dozen!! Thanks. I will be saving this recipe.
Hi Joyce! Hooray and your flour combo sounds amazing!!! Thank you for much for the comment!!! 🙂
My son came over to help clean up after the storm we had this week. He ate my homemade soup and immediately chomped down 2 muffins!!! He liked that they are sweet…. I am now using up some wheat germ and making a batch of orange cranberry muffins. The baking bug has bit me!!!
Orange Cranberry Muffins sound fabulous!!! Happy early Thanksgiving!!!
I made it this morning and it was so good! I had to sub the eggs and vegetable oil with coconut oil and turned out great!! Even my 6 year old loved it! Thanks for the recipe!
Hi Adriana, hooray!!! and the coconut oil sounds great! thank you for sharing!! 🙂
Best bread recipe! I never thought I’d like blueberries in my banana bread, mind blown! Lol
Great work !! Thank a lot Buddy!!