This is the best banana bread I’ve ever had. It’s refined sugar-free, gluten-free, lectin-free, and dairy-free. It can also easily be made nut-free. This gluten-free chocolate banana cake is made with green bananas, and it is sweetened with dates and inulin powder.
One day my husband and I went to a health shop here in Aarhus, Denmark. It’s called NYMA; it’s where we now buy pastured chicken and a lot of other specialty items. My husband ordered a sandwich on sourdough bread and then wanted a slice of banana bread that looked divine. Of course, I had to taste it, I was curious because it looked really good. My reaction was exactly that: this is the best banana bread I’ve ever had!
The inspiration for this chocolate banana bread recipe
We checked their website, and luckily, the recipe for this banana bread was on there. I know using so many dates in a dessert is borderline plant paradox compliant (a diet program I’m on that limits fruits, especially dried fruits).
I mean, to be honest, when I think one date has about 16 grams of sugar, it’s kind of a lot. I know that! So technically, this banana bread is not sugar-free but refined sugar-free, or with no added sugar. But I think is so good, it’s worth it. Also, I think this recipe is great to make a point: ‘healthy’ is a relative term when it comes to sugar, whatever the source. If you eat this cake occasionally in the right context, it could be healthy for you, as it is nutritionally dense.
There are a few ways to minimize a glucose spike after eating something that has some sugar in it, even if from a natural source:
- drink a glass of water with one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar before having the cake
- eat the cake after you have eaten some fiber (like a salad) and/or some protein
- don’t eat it when you are hungry, on an empty stomach
Check out this article about my sugar-free journey:
Anyone would love this banana bread and will have no idea it is a healthier dessert. It’s so easy to make, it makes a perfect potluck dessert, and kids and adults will love it. You can make a bigger batch and freeze it.
The original recipe had double the amount of dates I used and also had quite a lot of sugar and wheat flour. It also had hazelnut flour, which I know is one of the reasons it tasted so good, but at the moment, hazelnuts are on my intolerance list, so I avoid them.
For the recipe I am sharing with you, I used organic almond flour and tigernut flour. I also made this banana bread with another gluten-free flour blend of chestnut flour and almond flour.
Possible flour combinations you can use for this gluten-free banana bread
- Only hazelnut flour
- Only almond flour
- Almond + tigernut flour (which is what I used for this one)
- Almond + chestnut flour (I made it with this combination too and I loved it)
- Tigernut + cassava if you want a nut-free version
If you want a nut-free version, I would advise against using only tigernut (you know tigernut are not nuts, despite the name, right?), as it can have too much of a gritty texture, or only cassava, as we need a little bit of nuttiness and natural sweetness, which tigernut can provide.
If hazelnuts were not off-limits for me at the moment, I would use a mix of hazelnut flour with any of the other flours.
Why use green bananas?
Green bananas’ nutritional profile is quite different than that of a ripe banana. While a ripe banana is mainly sugar, a green banana is mainly resistant starch.
I use them for pancakes, smoothies, for ice cream, or anything you would use a ripe banana for. When you mix it in a blender, you won’t even notice the difference (just slightly less sweet, obviously).
Ingredients for gluten-free chocolate banana bread
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 green bananas (260 grams)
- 3 pastured eggs
- 11 pitted dates (about 100 grams), chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon orange extract (optional, or you can use orange zest)
- 1/4 teaspoon coffee extract
- 2 tablespoons inulin powder
Optional: for a double chocolate banana bread, you can add some raw cacao powder to the batter.
- 1/2 cup tigernut flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour (packed) – see post for flour substitutes
- 4 tablespoons tapioca flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 60 grams chopped dark chocolate (90%)
- Optional: feel free to add some dark chocolate chips on top
How to make sugar-free and gluten-free chocolate banana bread:
You just have to mix the blender ingredients in a high-powered blender, then add them to the dry ingredients and combine it with a spatula.
Incorporate the chocolate, and that’s it. Pour it into the pan and bake at 180C / 350F for about 55 minutes. Let it come to room temperature before slicing it.
You can bake this in a full-size loaf pan or two smaller loaf pans.
Let this gluten-free chocolate banana bread cool completely before you slice it and eat it. I actually prefer to slice it after it has spent a couple of hours in the fridge. The slices will be moister and the flavors will intensify.
Since this is such an easy bread to make, you can make a bigger batch in advance, slice it, separate the slices with parchment paper and freeze it. You will have a delicious and nutritious healthy sweet treat on hand, anytime.
If you are intrigued about using green bananas in baking, you might also want to check out this recipe: Green Banana Teff Flour Muffins.
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This is the best banana bread I've ever had. It's refined sugar-free, gluten-free, lectin-free, and dairy-free. It can also easily be made nut-free. This gluten-free chocolate banana cake is made with green bananas, and it is sweetened with dates and inulin powder. Mix all the blender ingredients in a high-power blender until creamy. Mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the blended ingredients to the dry ingredients and incorporate with a spatula (if you use chestnut flour sift it before, as it tends to form clumps). Add the chopped chocolate and fold it into the batter. Pour the batter into a lined loaf pan and bake at 180C / 350F for about 55 minutes, until is no longer soft to touch.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Bread (Sugar-Free, Lectin-Free)
This is the best banana bread I've ever had. It's refined sugar-free, gluten-free, lectin-free, and dairy-free. It can also easily be made nut-free. This gluten-free chocolate banana cake is made with green bananas, and it is sweetened with dates and inulin powder.
Mix all the blender ingredients in a high-power blender until creamy.
Mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Add the blended ingredients to the dry ingredients and incorporate with a spatula (if you use chestnut flour sift it before, as it tends to form clumps).
Add the chopped chocolate and fold it into the batter.
Pour the batter into a lined loaf pan and bake at 180C / 350F for about 55 minutes, until is no longer soft to touch.
Kristi ShanksJune 19, 2022 at 7:38 pm
Just made this banana bread today and it is a great recipe! It’s the perfect sweetness. I will definitely make this again. I served it as an after dinner dessert and it was very satisfying.
ClaudiaJune 20, 2022 at 2:28 am
Thank you Kristi, I’m so happy y’all loved it <3
ElenaJuly 14, 2022 at 2:10 pm
Do i really need to use the 2 tablespoons of inulin?
What’s the purpose of it? Never used before so I had to ask.
ClaudiaJuly 14, 2022 at 2:19 pm
Hi Elena. Inulin powder is a sweetener and a prebiotic fiber. So it adds sweetness and improves the nutritional value of the cake. If you don’t use it, the cake will be less sweet. I hope this helps.
Elena CozmaJuly 18, 2022 at 9:56 am
Many thanks Claudia for a answering me.
Can’t wait to try it.
ClaudiaJuly 18, 2022 at 2:49 pm
AndreeaAugust 28, 2022 at 4:04 pm
I love this recipe, I made it already several times. This makes lectin free lifestyle so much easier!
ClaudiaAugust 29, 2022 at 3:32 am
So glad you love it, Andreea! It is one of my favorites too. xx
EmmaSeptember 5, 2022 at 12:55 pm
Emma from Sweden here 🙏🥰 Is it possible to replace the eggs with something else and make it vegetarian? 🙏
Maybe some husk powder?
ClaudiaSeptember 6, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Hi Emma, there is always a possibility to make a recipe vegan, but I haven’t tried this one, and I can’t tell you it will work. You should try, but you will have to maybe add more oil to replace the liquid and fat and eggs. It will probably have a more flat and dense consistency, though. xx
Zuzana NovotnaOctober 5, 2022 at 3:24 am
Hi Claudia, the banana bread is delicious. I used 3 tablespoons of inulin as I did not have enough dates. Also I did not put coffee extract. Thank you for the recipe.
ClaudiaOctober 5, 2022 at 8:12 am
Thank you so much, Zuzana; so happy you loved it!
Mandy louFebruary 21, 2023 at 6:47 am
Love it Claudia ❤️ What a treat & still good for you. I did the cassava & tiger nut combo & added the cocao. I’ll slice & freeze for when I need that something extra. Next time I’ll try hazelnut flour. Thanks for a great recipe
ClaudiaFebruary 21, 2023 at 7:57 am
Thank you Mandy, so happy you loved it!! Enjoy <3
GwynFebruary 23, 2023 at 5:08 pm
Hi Claudia I think at one point Dr Gundry said green banana is cooked it loses its resistant starch and is like eating ripe banana. My apologies if I’ve asked you this before! Thank you for clarifying this if you can!
ClaudiaFebruary 24, 2023 at 2:57 am
Hi Gwyn, yes, that’s true, but the benefits are not lost entirely. And they still have less sugar than ripe bananas. Dr. Gundry’s pancake mix is made with green banana flour. Of course, as I explain in the post, it is not like you will have this every day. It is a treat! I hope this helps xx
AileenMarch 13, 2023 at 12:45 pm
I don’t understand why eating almonds is not recommended yet almond flour is.
ClaudiaMarch 13, 2023 at 12:48 pm
Almonds are ok if blanched (without the skin on). Almond flour is made of blanched almonds (as opossed to almond meal which is made with whole almonds).