Gluten-Free Banana Coconut Bread

A loaf of gluten-free banana bread with seeded top crust.

Want a gluten free banana bread recipe that’s dense with nutrients, super flavorful and will fill you up with just one slice. This Gluten Free Banana Coconut Bread is it. Loaded with whole foods and no refined anything. You’re going to love this one.

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We all go through it.  At one point or another, everyone needs to lose a few pounds.  Emily, my college-age daughter,  called me a few weeks ago and said that when she came home for the summer, she wanted to get “back in shape” and she wanted my help…  Too many late night pizzas had taken their toll and she wanted healthier options… hence this Gluten-Free Banana Coconut Bread.

Her request actually came at an interesting time – because I had also been approached by Thrive Market to try some items from their vast catalogue of natural and organic products and post about it.  Sounds like serendipity, right?

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mashed bananas, coconut oil and eggs

So I placed my order — and I bought things I normally don’t — trying to get out of my comfort zone — but also trying to come up with recipes that Em would enjoy while making them healthier.  

So this banana bread is gluten-free.  No all-purpose flour.  Heck, no refined sugar, either.  And guess what?  It’s fabulous! 

Moist, with a tender crumb, coconutty chew and a satisfying crunch!  It’s lightly sweet — and one slice will fill you up because it’s so packed with nutrient-dense food that you’ll be satisfied with one serving instead of grabbing for one or two more slices.  

gluten free flours

I’m happy to be able to make her healthier options and I’m thrilled that I can find these ingredients in one place and at a discount!  Let me tell you a little about Thrive Market…  They are a socially conscious online store offering natural and organic products (not just food) at wholesale prices!  We’re talking 25-50% off retail.  Seriously.  Here’s how it works:

Everyone can get a risk-free 30 day trial.  Choose your items, save $$ on your order and if you like it,stick with it and join for a $59.95 annual membership fee.  So, it’s basically like Costco — but with an environmentally and socially responsible edge. 

They’ve curated goods from (literally) hundreds of the leading natural product brands across categories like cooking ingredients, healthy supplements, natural home goods< and bath and beauty and they’ve merchandised their suppliesto ensure coverage across dozens of dietary preferences and values…  

So basically, if you’re vegan, you can cue up only the vegan ingredients… well that just makes sense, right?

Gluten-Free Banana Coconut Bread batter

Here’s some of the fun things I ordered:  From Bob’s Red Mill (and they’ve got everything from Bob’s Red Mill)- I got coconut flour, arrowroot starch, cornmeal and hazelnut flour…  I found some Arrowhead Mills gluten-free baking mix for pancakes etc… — Emily is a carb-freak, so I figured substitutions would work best for her new eating plan… 

Extra Crunchy Almond Butter (Em’s allergic to peanuts, remember?) and I ordered coconut oil and some other fun fats – that I can’t wait to try, like Ghee and Duck Fat!!!!

Gluten-Free Banana Coconut Bread batter in pan with nuts and seeds

Now, about this bread…  I was a little nervous at first because I’ve never made a bread without flour – but I did my research.  I found that arrowroot helps to make gluten free products fluffier – which you want in breads and cakes, right?  And coconut flour soaks up liquids like a shop-vac, so you use it in a reduced ratio (1:4)  compared to regular flour.  

I consulted several gluten-free blogs, looking for something to give me the look, taste and aromas of my favorite chocolate chip banana bread and coconut macadamia banana bread.  I picked this one from Three Diets, One Dinner and added my spin with flaked coconut and a sprinkling of pecans and pumpkin seeds for a crunchy topping.  It didn’t disappoint!  We all loved it!

Baked Gluten-Free Banana Coconut Bread

Now, Emily’s perusing the inventory at Thrive Market to see what else looks good and try some more gluten-free baking.  You can too!  Register here for free and browse their catalog, they’ll show you the member savings and you’ll receive 15% off your first purchase.  (Plus they always have a fun freebie with a minimum purchase).   Placing your first order starts your free 30-day membership.  See how much  you save and cancel anytime.  Plus, in accordance with their Social Responsibility promise,   with each membership, Thrive sponsors a low-income family, because every family, regardless of income, geography or other arbitrary barriers, deserves a healthy lifestyle.  Cheers to that!

Cutting a slice of the banana bread.
Two slices of gluten free banana bread.

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Paleo Banana Coconut Bread

This amazing banana bread is completely gluten free — even better than regular banana bread.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword banana, gluten free, paleo
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10


  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch
  • cups almond flour or hazelnut flour
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal optional, pulse flaxseed in a mini food processor until ground
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup toasted pecans
  • ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans optional
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Prepare a medium loaf pan by spraying with vegetable spray and lining with a sheet of parchment paper, that fits the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the coconut oil eggs, agave and vanilla and beat until smooth with a hand mixer 1-2 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl combine the coconut flour, arrowroot starch, hazelnut or almond flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Whisk to combine, breaking up any lumps or clumps that you find.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk until they are well combined. Set aside for a few minutes to allow the coconut flour to absorb the liquids fully. Meanwhile roughly chop the toasted pecans. Add the pecans and coconut to the banana mixture and stir. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of pecans and pumpkin seeds if desired.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack and turn out of the pan to serve.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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  1. This recipe is the bomb!!!! It is easy, healthy and sooooooooo delicious!!!! Each slice is pure bliss! Thank you so so much for sharing this. Gladys from UAE

    1. I am so happy that you liked it, Gladys! We enjoy it too — and don’t you think that one slice really satisfies your hunger?

  2. Azlin Bloor says:

    Wow, I am amazed, this looks really amazing! I’ll have to try my hand at this recipe!

    1. I was surprised at how really delicious, moist and flavorful this was!

    1. I’m a sucker for texture, so I love nuts and seeds — and of course, coconut!

  3. Wish I can grab one slice ..looks so moist and tempting !

    1. I appreciate that, Sara! It makes a great breakfast or snack!

    1. Thank you, Jackie! I’m so glad you like it!

  4. Thank you! I knew if you posted something gluten free it would be easy and amazing! I can’t wait to make this-and to check out the Thrive Market!

    1. Jill – I think Thrive would be great for you! Let me know how you like the banana bread – Emily inhaled it.

  5. josiedoubts says:

    This looks delicious. I love the pictures!

  6. This bread is stunning! I love all of the nuts and seeds on top. I’m going to have to try this – too beautiful not to! And if it’s as delicious as it looks… oh boy.

  7. Ooo yum! I’m always looking for new banana bread recipes, and this one looks gorgeous. Also I love Bob’s Red Mill too.. They’re amazing!

    1. I’ve heard that from lots of people, it’s tough to find a good substitute for regular flour — this one comes very close!

  8. Looks delicious! I love all the add-ins, and that it’s grain-free, too! Definitely pinning. 🙂

    1. My aunt is gluten-free too! But it’s good no matter what you’re diet (except nut-free) LOL!

  9. I cannot believe this is gluten free. The texture looks perfect and moist and firm. I love all the chunks and texture you have in the bread too.

    1. I appreciate that Peter. I was dubious at first with the whole gluten free thing, but this is really a stellar bread! I love the crunch on top!

  10. Kaitie Creator of Fuchisa Freezer says:

    This looks fantastic! I love the extra layer of crunch on top! I think I may have to try this one out with the kids!

    1. Glad you like it Kaitie — my daughter inhaled it! I think your kids would like it too!

  11. This looks really good! – and super moist! Yum!

    1. It was really good, Katrina! Very moist with a great crunch from the topping!