Gluten-Free, Apple & Cinnamon Banana Bread

This ultra moist banana bread recipe incorporates some of the best Autumn flavors, and is a delightful antidote to cooler temperatures. Made with a combination of apples, bananas, gluten-free flour, Greek yogurt, and coconut oil, this recipe is lower in added sugar than other banana bread options, and butter-free. However, judging by the flavor, you’d never know it!

 Gluten-free apple and cinnamon banana bread made with Greek yogurt, and coconut oil instead of butter.

Gluten-free apple and cinnamon banana bread made with Greek yogurt, and coconut oil instead of butter.

Living in New England for 10ish years, I grew to love Autumn. I am a warm weather girl at heart, but there’s something pleasant about curling up with a warm apple dessert with the leaves crunching outside. Hygge to the max!

Channeling all the New England fall cosiness over the weekend, I whipped up this easy, gluten-free apple and cinnamon banana bread recipe. The weather is pretty consistent all year round in San Francisco (no complaints) however it’s fun to bring a little Autumnal deliciousness to the kitchen.

This one bowl, gluten-free recipe has less added sugar than other banana bread recipes, but still has enough sweetness to be considered a dessert. It infuses the house with fall fragrance, and is the perfect accompaniment to tea or coffee. And you don’t need any fancy equipment to make it. A large mixing bowl, a couple of measuring cups and spoons, and a spatula will do the trick. Cheers to (healthy) hygge!

Pro Tip

Leave the apple skin on the apple for an extra dose of fiber, and nutrition! Inflammation-fighting phytonutrients like quercetin are particularly concentrated in the peel.


Gluten-Free, Apple & Cinnamon Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple

  • 2 medium bananas

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/3 cup canola oil

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1.5 cups gluten-free all purpose flour

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • Topping: 1 apple

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375℉/190℃ and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

  2. Chop the apple into small cubes.

  3. Mash the bananas with a fork in a large mixing bowl.

  4. Add the eggs, canola oil, coconut butter, Greek yogurt and vanilla to the mixing bowl. Stir until all the ingredients are well-combined.

  5. Add the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon to the wet ingredients. Stir until all the ingredients are well-combined, and a thick batter forms.

  6. Mix the apple cubes into the batter.

  7. Pour the batter into the lined loaf tin, and smooth with a spatula.

  8. Thinly slice the remaining apple, and arrange on top of the batter.

  9. Insert the loaf tin into the oven, and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Start checking the banana bread after roughly 35-40 minutes).

  10. Allow the banana bread to cool. Enjoy!

Makes 1 loaf (approx. 8 slices)

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 One bowl apple and cinnamon banana bread made with less added sugar than other recipes. The perfect fall dessert!

One bowl apple and cinnamon banana bread made with less added sugar than other recipes. The perfect fall dessert!