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Gluten Free Brown-Butter Banana Bread Recipe

GLUTEN FREE BROWN BUTTER BANANA BREAD RECIPE has browned butter and caramelized brown sugar on the topping of the bananas to give this bread a decadence you usually don’t get in a banana bread. I also use chopped chocolate to allow larger pieces of chocolate to enjoy with each bite. This will soon become one of your favorite breakfast bread recipes.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Keyword Banana, Bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 1 loaf


  • Nonstick baking spray for greasing
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 3 large ripe bananas mashed, plus 1 halved lengthwise for decoration
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar + 1 tablespoon for topping
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate 60% bar, cut into good size chunks


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Set rack in middle of oven.
  2. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray- I suggest using baking spray.
  3. In a wide heavy-bottomed pan over medium-low heat, brown the butter and set aside. When cool, run through a sieve into a small bowl to remove brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add 3 mashed bananas to an eclectic mixer. Add eggs one at a time, along with vanilla extract until fully incorporated.
  5. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Using the back of a fork, break apart any large clumps of sugar that remain.
  6. Pour flour mixture into the banana mixture with the mixer on low.
  7. Add the 8 tablespoons of melted brown butter, and mix (it will look wet)
  8. Add your chocolate. Do not let it mix for more than 30 seconds. You can continue to stir chocolate pieces into batter with a spatula. You are trying to avoid smashing your chocolate into smaller pieces
  9. .
  10. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan.
  11. Place your banana halves on top, cut size up. Spread your 1 tablespoon of brown sugar on top of banana slices, a little in batter is fine, but try to really coat those bananas. This will caramelize them while baking.
  12. Place in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Cake will be very brown on top.
  13. Allow the banana bread to cool; serve slightly warm or completely cooled.

Recipe Notes

Allow the banana bread to cool; serve slightly warm or completely cooled.
Store wrapped in a refrigerator for 3-5 days.