Banana Loaf (Gluten & Refined Sugar Free)

Gluten and Refined Sugar Free Banana Bread

The humble banana loaf, one of my fave bakes of all time.

Not too sweet but V satisfying, suitable for all times of day (breakfast inc.) and fills your home with the most dreamiest of smells whilst it bakes. This baby is also free of gluten, refined sugar and butter… What’s not to love ey?

This bake is my Mumma’s favourite. Whipped up whenever we didn’t finish off our ‘nanas on a lazy Sunday afternoon. She always tops the loaf of love with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting, which is the best kinda topping for anything, ever.

As Sunday was Mother’s Day, and my Mum is on the other side of the world in Vietnam (well jel), I took myself to the kitchen to bake one of her all time specials. I have had also had a thing with banana loaf recently, not sure why but I just can’t get enough of the good stuff.

As I would like to create some more free from bakes for you, and had some nanas to use, I would give my own version a whirl.

This is a relatively healthy bake, I mean, the cream cheese frosting is a little nawwty but what is life without a lil bit of what ya fancy?

Gluten, refined sugar free banana loaf recipe

Fancy a slice? Here’s what ya need:

2 1/2 cups (320g) almond flour

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs (beaten)

1/2 cup (170g) honey

1/4 cup (85g) full fat natural yog

3 ripe bananas mashed

1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional: Choc chips / nuts of choice!

Gluten, refined sugar free banana loaf recipe

First up, grease a loaf tin with coconut oil and pre-heat the oven to Gas mark 5.

In a big bowl, throw together your almond flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda

In a separate bowl, mash together your nanas, then add your whisked eggs, honey, yog and vanilla. whisk through gently till combined.

Pour in your dry ingredients and fold together till you have your beaut smellin’ batter.

transfer into your loaf tin and pop in the oven for around 50-60 minutes till the cake is cooked through (check with a skewer, if it comes out clean, you are good to go babeh).

Allow to cool then remove from your pan.

You can either leave it there, or push the boat out with cream cheese frosting.

You will need…

80g slightly salted butter (room temp)

Standard 180g pot of full fat cream cheese

100 grams icing sugar

Whiz up either in a food processor or whisk by hand.

Lick the bowl.

Note: Let the cake cool completely before spooning on the frosting. I was impatient and running out of daylight to take photos, it was a struggle. The cake tasted lovely, but it was V melted indeed!

Gluten, refined sugar free banana loaf recipe

Gluten, refined sugar free banana loaf recipe

Enjoy it when you get home from work with a cuppa T, for breakfast (lunch & super), around the table with the family at Easter or treat your gal pals.  It is the cake for any (and every) occasion.

What other banana loaf variations should I try?!


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  • ninegrandstudent

    Oh, I never thought of topping a banana cake with frosting – and I LOVE cream cheese frosting too. For some reason this has made me crave a carrot cake…?!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Heheee oh man you defo need to try it! SO darn yummy. The prospect of having yet another slice with a cuppa T after work gets me through the day haha! I know what you mean, carrot cake and cream cheese frosting is a classic pairing! Immy x

  • It looks so yummy! I loooove banana treats & banana loaf is one of my fav cause it’s really easy to turn into a healthier version! But I also always end up with tons of sugary frosting! Thanks for sharing this recipe, can’t wait to try it! xx

    Kaylee ?ㅣJK’s Dawn

    • Yeeees me too! You really can make is healthy without the risk of losing any flavor <3 Hehehh frosting is my essential, especially when it is cream cheese! I may however try it without at some point, I think it would be really yummy toasted with butter on top! Thank you for stopping by lovely Julia, let me know if you make it! Immy x

  • Absolutely LOVE banana bread and this looks so yummy! Love your photos, they capture the loaf so well and look so pretty! x

    Tash |

    • It is my all time faaave! So bloody satisfying haha! Thanks chicks, I am struggling with my new camera – I think I just need to practice more! Glad they are coming out alright so far :) Immy x

  • Alya Mooro

    Omg yummm this looks so so delish!! I haven’t baked / cooked in aaaages! Really wanna try my hand at this!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • I wish I still had some left, I have had it erry day and it has been great haha! You should get bakin’ Alya! Hope you are well lovely lass :) Immy x

  • Laura Torninoja

    That frosting looks INSANELY good! Yum yum yum.

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Heeeheee thank you Laura! I wish I let the cake cool before popping it on, but y’know, life is too short haha! Immy x

  • Oof, there’s nothing better than a good banana loaf! x

    • Uhh you are so right. I need to bake another V soon, so bloomin’ easy and satisfying haha! Immy x

  • BLESS YOU. I was thinking of making a banana bread soon but wanted something a little lower in sugar. This is perfect. I’ll try it with Maple syrup tho because #canada hahaha

    • Teeeeeehee >:) Yes! I definitely ate the WHOLE loaf because of that fact lol. Yes I can imagine that would be absolutely beaut. Immy x

  • This looks soooooo yummy!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • Hehe thanks Lucy! Next time I will save ya a slice >:) Immy x

      • Please do haha!

  • Seasons In Colour

    does this count towards my 10-a-day? Can I cover all 10 portions by eating just this delicious cake?


    • YES it absolutely does hehe (or at least that’s what I tell myself) >:) It is actually pretty good for ya (bar the icing, tehe). It is essentially just a big mix of ground almonds, coconut oil, honey and nana! NOM. Immy x

  • Morgan Miller

    Wow this looks amazing! So glad to have discovered your blog by the way, your photography is so aesthetically pleasing x

    Morgan //

    • Thank you so much Morgan :) Oooh yay, glad ya found me! Means a lot, thank you :) Immy x

  • Oh never tried combining yoghurt in the cake. I usually use it as a substitute for eggs. And I use rice syrup instead of honey. Try adding some cacao powder for a chocolaty banana cake. very yummy

    • Ooh it is a great substitute for eggs! Haven’t tried that yet! That sounds DELISH. Will have to up the game with cacao powder and maybs some choc chips next time hehe! Immy x

  • Ellie Adams

    Omg this looks so so so good and yes to gluten free too!! Definitely need to give this a go asap, yum <3


    • Yessss, made it with you in mind hehe. You would love it Elle, will have to send ya a slice. Have fun in NYC chick, so jel! Immy x

  • Great recipe – I like the addition of the yogurt – that should help it get some good rise whilst there’s no gluten products?
    I own a cafe and am always surprised by how fast the banana loaf sells?
    Holly xxx /// BLOG:

    • Thank you so much Holly :) Ooooft that is super cool?! I wanna visit your cafe! It does indeed, the cake rises so well! I have always found banana loaf to be such a hit. I think because it is satisfying but not too sweet. I need to whip up another >:) Immy x

  • Maria Nichol

    oh my GAAAAD This looks sooooo amazing :D I have made this long weekend a time to bake so Im definitely going to be stealing this (hellow refined sugar) you beauty xx

    • Thanks gaaaaaaaaaaal :) How was your long weekend?! I didn’t manage to get any baking into mine annoyingly! Just A LOT of choc and hot cross buns >:) Immy x

  • Oh man, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I’m trying to follow the FODMAP diet at the moment so this is a great base for what I’d need to make. I can’t wait to try it out as yours looks so delicious ?​

    • Oooh yay so glad ya found it – let me know if you try it out :) It is now a regular in my gaff. Oooh just had a little look at the FODMAP diet, looks interesting – I may have to give it a whirl I have been having so many issues with mi tum recently :( Thank you for stopping by Emma! Immy x