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Easy Mini Gluten Free Banana Bread

These mini Gluten free banana bread loafs make great gifts and freeze well!

mini gluten free banana bread loaves sliced on a plate

Nothing says Christmas like fresh-baked gluten free banana bread!

Before going gluten-free, every Christmas I would bake tons of mini banana breads and pass them out as little gifts. Everyone goes bananas for banana bread! This simple recipe was inspired by a recipe of a good friend (I don’t know where she got it, but it’s really good!). Miss Jane is quite the expert when it comes to banana bread.

I couldn’t let becoming gluten-free ruin my Christmas tradition. I had to make the recipe gluten-free. Turns out it was not that hard and no one can tell that it is gluten-free. I get requests for this recipe all the time. You are going to love it!

Gluten Free Banana Bread in mini ceramic holiday loaf pans

Fun and Festive.

I found these super cute ceramic mini loaf pans at Michael’s after last Christmas. I think I paid 50 cents each for them. They are pretty and reusable. I saw them this year at the store for a dollar. I used to buy disposable paper baking pans, but these are actually cheaper and much cuter. You can give them as part of the gift or just buy 4 and use them as your own mini loaf pan set! This recipe freezes really well so you can make them ahead of time and just thaw out when needed!

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Mini Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe Notes

Turns out transforming the recipe to gluten-free only took a few adjustments.

A high quality gluten-free flour.

I use GF Jules. I love it because I do not have to worry about adding xanthan gum and it doesn’t make my baked goods taste like beans. If you have a favorite flour, by all means use it. If it does not already have xanathan gum, you will need to add 1 teaspoon per 1 cup of flour.

Measure the bananas.

When making banana bread recipes usually call for an approximate amount of mashed bananas. This gluten-free banana bread requires one cup. If there is too much liquid the bread stays mushy on the inside.


Banana bread almost always calls for buttermilk, but does anyone ever have buttermilk on hand? I don’t and I’m not buying it for one recipe. I always use 1 teaspoon of vinegar and enough milk to make half a cup.


I don’t use them in baking. It’s a personal preference, you can add some if you like. Though if you are giving them as gifts, I would suggest leaving them out.

That’s about it! Gluten-free or not, everyone will be thrilled to receive one of these mini banana breads as a gift! Can’t get enough of banana bread? Try this recipe for gluten free banana bread with cinnamon streusel!

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4.75 from 12 votes

Fun and Festive Banana Bread

These mini Gluten free banana bread loafs make great gifts and freeze well!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Bread
Servings: 16
Calories: 184kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter or non dairy butter substitute such as Earth Balance Sticks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk see note to make your own
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp 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


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Lightly grease pans
  • Combine vinegar and milk. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Stir in eggs, vanilla, banana and milk.
  • Add baking soda, salt, and flour. Mix well.
  • Pour into individual baking dishes.
  • Bake for about an hour or until toothpick comes out clean in center.


Buttermilk can be made by using 1 teaspoon white vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to make 1/2 a cup.


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 216IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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  • Reply
    November 6, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    5 stars
    Can you add chocolate chips?….

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      December 8, 2020 at 8:44 am

      Definetly! I’m never against adding chocolate!

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    Jereann Zann
    December 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I prefer banana bread without nuts too. Looks delish and what a great gift idea!

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    December 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    That looks SOOO soft–just the way banana bread should be!

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    December 13, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Freshly baked banana bread is like a great big hug! Perfect for gift giving. Yours looks delicious.

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    Nicole Dawson
    December 13, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I could eat banana bread every single day!

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    December 13, 2017 at 1:44 am

    So glad you were able to make this GF for Christmas, it looks perfect! This will be my second GF Christmas and I feel much more prepared this year! May have to put this banana bread on the menu!

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    Kristen R.
    December 12, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Mini banana bread is a great foodie gift idea! Love that it’s GF too.

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    December 12, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Banana bread is a great idea for quick hostess gifts! Those pans are perfect for giving.

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    Kristen Wood
    December 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    This sounds like such an easy & delicious GF banana bread recipe!

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    December 12, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Those mini pans are adorable! Way better then a disposable cup and so much easier for little gifts. I want some lol

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    December 12, 2017 at 12:11 am

    We just found out my youngest has a gluten intolerance. He absolutely loves banana bread so this gets me excited to make this for him. Thank you!

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    Alisa Fleming
    December 11, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    There is nothing better than a good banana bread. And it seems to work so well gluten free. Your loaf looks perfect!

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    December 11, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    eeeeeeek, I LOVE these!! I am in the process of baking / assembling my cookie trays for gifts – if I have time I may include some of these! 🙂

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    Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat
    December 13, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    This banana bread looks amazing! Definitely have to give it a try! 🙂 And I really love those bread pans – so cute! Such a great holiday gift idea!

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      December 13, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks! After seeing your muffins I’m thinking I may need to add some chocolate chips 🙂

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    December 12, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Looks moist and yummy! love this mini form too!

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      December 25, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      It is delicious! Everyone gets excited when they see I am making banana bread!

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    December 11, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Oh, what a wonderful idea for a Christmas gift! I love it when I receive home-made gifts like this; it makes it all the more special.

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      December 12, 2015 at 11:45 am

      I love homemade gifts as well….I think that the little ceramic pan makes it even more special!

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    Mark, CompassandFork
    December 11, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I love banana bread and my wife has recently become intolerant to gluten. I’ve never tried GF-0flour so might have to give this a try.

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      December 11, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      I hope you like it! It is a favorite in our family, no one misses the gluten. I really like GFJules flour. It just seems to work well with everything.

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