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Gluten Free Banana Bread with Crunchy Cinnamon Streusel

Gluten free banana bread with crunchy cinnamon streusel is an updated classic your family will love!

Gluten Free Banana Bread

Gluten Free Banana Bread

I am a huge lover of banana bread. Whenever I buy bananas, they always seem to be covered in brown spots before I get around to eating them, I kinda wonder if subconsciously I let them get that way on purpose. Once they start to turn brown, it means it is time to make banana bread.

I love my banana bread recipe. It is easy, doesn’t require any fancy ingredients, and is just plain delicious. I often give it out for presents (you can see how I used it a Christmas time in my post Fun and Festive Gluten-Free Banana Bread), but sometimes I have a craving for a bit of crunch, and perhaps some extra sweetness. I have tried to make toppings for my bread before, but with little success.

It has taken awhile, but I think I finally have discovered the perfect struesel topping. It is really easy and delicious. It was all I could do keep from eating just the top of the bread, it was that good. The cinnamon flavor is subtle, but if you love cinnamon you could definitely double it.

Gluten Free Banana Bread

Tips and Tricks

While the recipe is fairly simple, there are a few pieces of advice that are very helpful when making this moist, delicious gluten free banana bread.

  1. Measure your bananas. I know that this isn’t a normal thing when making banana bread, but I find if I have too much banana it gets a bit gummy. Ere on the side of a little less.
  2. If you run out of vanilla (like I did today) a teaspoon of maple syrup will work just fine.
  3. Use a high-quality gluten free flour. I love GFJules (affiliate link), but there are quite a few good ones out there.
  4. Don’t be afraid to crumble the topping with your fingers a bit. I gave up on trying to cut it together and I don’t have a pastry cutter, so fingers it was. Just don’t crumble to long or the butter will get too warm.

If you would like to make this egg free, flax eggs are a great option. Beaming Baker gives you all the steps on How to Make a Flax Egg. It’s easier than you think!

If you are wanting to learn more about gluten free flours and are interested in making your own blends, the My Gluten Free Flour Blend guide from Flippin Delicious is perfect for you!

That’s it! Go make some banana bread and let me know how it turns out!

Gluten Free Banana Bread with Cinnamon Streusel

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Gluten Free Banana Bread
Author: Amanda Kanashiro


    For the bread
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter or non dairy butter substitute (such as Earth Balance Sticks)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar plus enough milk to make 1/2 cup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (plus 2 and 1/2 tsp xanthan gum if your flour does not already include it)
    For the Streusel
  • 1/4 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon cold butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Lightly grease 2 8 inch loaf pans or 1 9 inch loaf pan.
  3. Combine vinegar and milk. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Cream together butter and sugar.
  5. Stir in eggs, vanilla, banana and milk.
  6. Add baking soda, salt, and flour. Mix well.
  7. Pour into pan.
  8. Combine struesel ingredients in small bowl.
  9. Cut together with pastry cutter (or knives or fingers) until mixture is crumbly.
  10. Spread over top of batter.
  11. Bake for about an hour or until toothpick comes out clean in center.
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    January 19, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Your recipe looks delicious but I am not seeing any cinnamon in the instructions.

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      January 22, 2019 at 9:18 pm

      Hi, You are correct, it must not have transferred when I made updates. I use about 1 teaspoon in the streusel mixture. I will get that updated!

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    Alissia Haggard
    February 21, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Your pictures are great and are making me hungry! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      February 21, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks! They are doing their job! Enjoy!

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    Elle @ Only Taste Matters
    February 19, 2016 at 12:06 am

    I love banana bread and I love streusel topping! What a perfect pair!

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      February 19, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Thanks! They do go well together!

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    February 17, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Streusel topping on my banana bread? Yes please! Looks so good Amanda!

    • Reply
      February 17, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks Celeste!

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    Brianna @Flippin' Delicious
    February 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I just love the streusel on top! This looks AMAZING!

    • Reply
      February 17, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks! It really elevates it!

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    February 17, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Ever since I saw this picture of your amazing banana bread on instagram, I’ve been craving it! See what you’ve done? Now I have to march into the kitchen to make some! (But thanks for the recipe!) 😉

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      February 17, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      I hope you like it! I’m glad the picture makes you crave it, it’s doing its job!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    February 17, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I love my banana bread!! And how good my day is depends on the amount of cinnamon I can get 😉 Bahahaha! So that topping is superb!

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      February 17, 2016 at 7:42 am

      We love banana bread too, and the topping just takes it over the top!

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