Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Hi Guys!

Just popping in to finally share the recipe for my new favorite banana bread. I’ve been tweeting about it all week, so now it’s time to spread the love!

This Gluten-Free Banana Bread is made with a mixture of chickpea and oat flours, plus greek yogurt for a little extra protein!

Let’s talk about this banana bread. Yes, it is gluten-free as long as you used certified gluten-free oats. I don’t really need it to be gluten-free, it just worked out that way! Let me tell you how awesome this bread is:

  • It uses chickpea flour. I’m not sure you guys are truly comprehending how much I love this stuff. It is amazing. Between my breakfast bars and this banana bread, I may never bake anything with wheat flour again. It’s like all the nutritional benefits of chickpeas, in flour form.
  • It uses greek yogurt and applesauce to replace a lot of the butter that’s usually in banana bread.
  • It uses less sugar than most banana breads, relying on the natural sweetness of the bananas.
  • If you cut the loaf into 12 slices, there are 5.5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per slice.

This Gluten-Free Banana Bread is made with a mixture of chickpea and oat flours, plus greek yogurt for a little extra protein!

So there you have it! If you gave this to someone who didn’t know, they would never guess there was chickpea flour in it. PS- Some of you have asked where to get chickpea flour. I’ve found it at a local-owned grocery store around here, but I’ve also bought it online. Swanson Health Products is one of my favorite places to buy stuff like this online. Click here to go to their website. It’s where I always buy the brown rice syrup that I use in a lot of my recipes, my chia seeds and lots of other goodies. Just FYI :) Their prices are great and they ship quickly.

Anyways, I’m still definitely not an expert on baking with chickpea flour so I did some googling and found this recipe. I made some changes, threw the pan in the oven and hoped for the best!

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Keywords: bake bread breakfast snack gluten-free healthy vegetarian banana chickpeas oats


Ingredients (1 loaf)

  • 1 c chickpea flour
  • 1 c oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 c mashed banana- about 3 medium bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ c plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp apple sauce
  • ½ c sugar


Combine the bananas, vanilla, eggs, yogurt, butter, applesauce and sugar in a bowl and mix well.

Add the flours, baking soda, baking powder, flax seed and cinnamon.

Stir until just combined and pour into a well-greased loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

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So there you have it! Super easy to throw together and much healthier than most version!

This Gluten-Free Banana Bread is made with a mixture of chickpea and oat flours, plus greek yogurt for a little extra protein!

This Gluten-Free Banana Bread is made with a mixture of chickpea and oat flours, plus greek yogurt for a little extra protein!

This Gluten-Free Banana Bread is made with a mixture of chickpea and oat flours, plus greek yogurt for a little extra protein!



Know what the best part is? Hubby doesn’t like bananas in baked goods so this loaf is alllllll for me :)

Oh, and I’m guest-posting over at Badger Girl Learns to Cook today! Click here to check out my Thai Peanut Salmon Burger recipe. SO GOOD!!


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Lindsay, I’m loving this banana bread. I’ve never used chickpea flour so this will definitely be an interesting recipe for me. Can’t wait to give this a try. Maybe I’ll be bad and add some sort of streusel. Or glaze. Or both!
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  2. Note to self: let some bananas ripen. Oh, and see if WF has chickpea flour!

    Cannot wait to try this!

  3. Mmmmmm, I love banana bread! Looks like a great healthy version of it, too :) Never worked with chickpea flour, is it calorically different from wheat flour?
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  4. I am ALL over this! Looks fantastic!

  5. Loooove. 18 yrs GF and always collecting recipes.
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  6. i am thrilled for this recipe! GF love all the way! pinning it.

  7. Chickpea four is the best! I can get mine on the cheap at the farmer’s market – it’s like $1.50 for a big container!

    You banana bread looks awesome – I need to go get more bananas, stat!
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  8. YUM! I love banana bread and this looks delicious! I’ve never tried chickpea flour but I’m very intrigued!
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  9. I need to check out chickpea flour – I don’t know if my regular grocery store would have it. I may have to go to Whole Foods for it!

  10. This sounds so awesome, Lindsay! I have to try this soon. Chickpea flour is a staple in a lot of Indian dishes, so that’s something I always make sure I have on hand :)
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  11. it’s been far too long since i’ve made banana bread! when i want to keep a loaf to myself, i add raisins. brad HATES raisins in baked goods, so i pretend that i forgot and then i get to eat it all! :) i always make him his own raisin-free loaf too though!
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  12. This looks so good, I love banana bread! I have never heard of chickpea flour before though. Interesting ingredient! :-)
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  13. Jennifer K says:

    This really looks good. I’ve seen chickpea flour and haven’t known what to do with it.

    Your recipe calls for flax seeds…these are NOT ground, right, but the whole seeds?

  14. Ahhh I love you for this :)
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  15. Wow girl! What an amazing recipe

    Also, I am allll over that burger recipe 😉 OH MY

  16. Beautiful photos! I haven’t tried chickpea flour but you are inspiring me…
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  17. I think we are both equally obsessed with chickpea flour. Seriously, it’s amazing. And this looks great! :)
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  18. I have a very sad looking brown banana that needs to be used up – thanks for the inspiration (again)! 😉
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  19. yes, yes, yes!! that’s all :)

  20. Hi, I just found your blog – can’t wait to read more! Your banana bread looks great. I’m not a huge fan of bananas on their own, so this would be a great recipe for me to try!
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  21. I have got to try this chickpea flour. And I am drooling over the banana bread as I was days ago when you were rubbing it on tweeting faces:)
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  22. Ha, love how you literally get the entire loaf to yourself! The bread looks so moist (ew, gross word haha) and delish! Matty hates banana too!
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  23. I must try this
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  24. OH MY GOSH!
    I must try to make this. looks amazing!

  25. #SWOON
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  26. I’ve got to look for chickpea flour!
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  27. Oh man, that looks amazing! I seriously really wanna try chickpea flour now! I bet some chocolate chips thrown in there would be pretty amazing too hehe :)
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  28. pinned this earlier, thank you for the recipe! yummy
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  29. *added to my recipe bank*
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  30. YUMMMMM!!!! would it be awful to put ice cream on top?
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  31. Ooh I recently started eating gluten-free and have been going mad with recipe experiments, sooooo I will DEFINITELY be giving this a try. Possibly tomorrow. Sunday baking party, anyone?
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  32. OMG I must make this!! I love chickpea flour! And I love how low sugar it is too!
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  33. Can I use entirely chickpea flour instead of a mix between chickpea/oat flour? Thanks!

    • i’m not sure! i’ve never tried it! in my experience it’s best to mix chickpea flour with another kind of flour though.

      • Susan Allen says:

        You answered this in 2013–wondering if you experiemented with other things. I live in China, so not easy to get some things and oats aren’t good for me. I have bought a machine to make flour and I just bought some chickpeas in the market yesterday. Gluten free flour is available online, but at a terrible price. One question I have is do you mean flaxseed or flaxseed flour? Wondering if you’ve experimented with millet, and beans, like black eyed peas. etc

  34. Kavitha Mendonsa says:

    Hi , interesting recipe…..but could I skip the eggs or replace with something else?

  35. Christina says:

    Would you have any suggestions for a substitute for the oat flour?

  36. Im gonna try making these muffins today, sound so good and all the positive comments,do you have a Facebook or recipe page?


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