Oat Flour Banana Bread [Gluten-Free]

Oat Flour Banana Bread [Gluten-Free]


This oat flour banana bread is gluten-free but tastes just like authentic banana bread! Swap regular flour for oat flour but don’t sacrifice on flavor or texture. Easily mixed in one bowl and enjoyed by the whole family, gluten-free and gluten-filled alike!

oat flour banana bread on a cutting board with chocolate chips and sliced bananas.oat flour banana bread on a cutting board with chocolate chips and sliced bananas.

Of all of my banana bread recipes on THM I think this Oatmeal Banana Bread may just be my favorite! We’re big fans of oat flour around here. I was gluten-free for many years so I have A LOT of practice making baked goods and various desserts with oat flour. These oat flour muffins are one of my most popular recipes!

Now I know a lot of people will equate oat flour with health and yes, It is a great healthy swap for regular flour. That being said my goal was not to develop a healthy oatmeal banana bread (though I do think this recipe is much healthier than many conventional banana bread recipes!), but rather a banana bread recipe that tasted as authentic as a bakery-style loaf but with oat flour in place of regular wheat flour.

I think I hit the nail on the head with this oatmeal banana bread. Not only is it the best gluten-free banana bread recipe, but it’s also a masterclass in baking with oat flour! I truly think you’re going to love it.

Why Make This Recipe?

So if you need a little convincing, here’s why you should make this recipe!

  • The Best Gluten Free Banana Bread – Seriously! I’ve tried all the gluten-free flour blends and I honestly find this oat flour banana bread is the best tasting and most authentic.
  • One Bowl – The entire recipe can be prepped in one bowl! Minimal dish clean up required!
  • Easy Meal Prep – You can prep this banana bread with almond flour in advance and freeze slices so you can have a snack on the go
  • Whole grains– this recipe uses just oat flour which is a fantastic source of whole grains and fiber!
slice of oat flour banana bread on a cutting board.slice of oat flour banana bread on a cutting board.

Ingredients Needed

  • Oat Flour – you can either purchase oat flour or make your own oat flour in the blender. You’ll want to blend rolled oats until it’s a fine powder. If you’re celiac or strictly gluten-free be sure to use certified gluten-free oats for a fully gluten free banana bread.
  • Cinnamon – it wouldn’t be banana bread without cinnamon!
  • Baking powder – this helps your oat flour banana bread rise.
  • Salt – feel free to omit if watching sodium levels
  • Mashed Bananas – You want to make sure they are ripe and speckled with brown spots. Mash them before mixing in.
  • Maple Syrup – I personally prefer maple syrup in this recipe but honey would make a great substitute.
  • Butter – I like using melted butter in this oatmeal banana bread because it gives it more of that bakery-style bread flavor. However you can easily substitute melted coconut oil for a dairy-free recipe.
  • Eggs – 3 large eggs. It seems like a lot but you need several to ensure this oat flour banana bread holds together without the gluten.
  • Vanilla extract – you could also use almond extract
  • Optional: chocolate chips or other mix-ins.

How to Make Oat Flour Banana Bread

STEP 1: COMBINE DRY INGREDIENTS

In a large bowl whisk oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

oat flour in a large brown bowl.oat flour in a large brown bowl.

STEP 2: STIR IN WET INGREDIENTS

Stir in mashed bananas, melted butter, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla extract. Fold in chocolate chips, if using.

oatmeal banana bread batter with chocolate chips in a large brown bowl.oatmeal banana bread batter with chocolate chips in a large brown bowl.

STEP 3: BAKE BANANA BREAD

Pour oat flour banana bread batter into your greased and lined loaf pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Your bread is ready when top springs back and toothpick is clean when poked in the center. Allow to cool before removing from loaf pan and letting cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Use a knife to cut into 12 slices.

Oat flour banana bread in a loaf panOat flour banana bread in a loaf pan

Easy Swaps & Substitutions

Bake as muffins – want to try these at oatmeal banana muffins? Just line a muffin tin and divide batter evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tops spring back and they pass the toothpick test.

Sub in nuts – not a fan of chocolate chips? Feel free to sub in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans. Coconut flakes would also be delicious!

Swap vanilla for almond extract – want an extra dose of almond flavor? Replace the vanilla extract with almond extract.

DO NOT attempt to make this oat flour banana bread vegan – I have tested it with flax eggs and unfortunately found that the texture was too soft and it just wasn’t great. You’re welcome to try but having tested it myself I would not recommend.

Storage + Freezing

For storage: To maintain flavor and texture I recommend wrapping in tinfoil and storing on counter for 2-3 days. For longer storage keep in an airtight container in the fridge.

To Freeze: Cut into individual slices. Place a sheet of parchment paper between each slice and then store in a ziploc bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. You could also freeze the whole loaf, if desired by wrapping the whole loaf in plastic wrap and then in a layer of tinfoil.

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Oat Flour Banana Bread

up close image of a slice of oat flour banana bread on a cutting board.up close image of a slice of oat flour banana bread on a cutting board.

This oat flour banana bread is gluten-free but tastes just like authentic banana bread! Swap regular flour for oat flour but don’t sacrifice on flavor or texture. Easily mixed in one bowl and enjoyed by the whole family, gluten-free and gluten-filled alike!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or desired mix-ins)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan with oil, butter or cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl whisk oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Stir in mashed bananas, melted butter, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla extract.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips, if using.
  6. Add oat flour banana bread batter to your greased and lined loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Your bread is ready when top springs back and toothpick is clean when poked in the center.
  8. Allow to cool before removing from loaf pan and letting cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
  9. See storage instructions above.

Keywords: oat flour banana bread, oatmeal banana bread, gluten free banana bread

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