Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

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This paleo chocolate chunk banana bread  is so soft and tender you’d never guess it’s gluten and dairy free!Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

I’ve been craving bananas a lot lately. The problem is, I keep buying them and then completely forgetting about them. So now my freezer is stuffed full of overripe bananas. That means one thing – banana bread!

This was my first time trying paleo banana bread, and I have to say I’m completely wowed. The texture is perfect! Photos don’t do this banana bread justice. There’s just no way to show you how unbelievably soft and squishy it is – you’ll just have to take my word for it. (Or make it and see for yourself!) Straight from the oven,  it’s super soft and almost cake-like. After spending a night in the fridge, it firms up and  its practically indistinguishable from traditional quick bread.

Dairy free chocolate chips or pure cacao chunks add that little something extra that makes this banana bread a real treat.

Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

While I was doing research for this recipe, I came across a lot of banana bread recipes that used nut butter. While I know that nut butter is great for gluten-free baking (it’s the main ingredient in my Grain-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes)  it can make things a little dense. Most of the other recipes I found used coconut flour, which is lighter and fluffier but can get a little gummy since it absorbs so much liquid (recipes  with coconut flour tend to use a lot of eggs.)

I knew I didn’t want either of those things, so I took a gamble and used a combination of almond flour and coconut flour for this paleo chocolate chunk banana bread. Since the coconut flour requires a little more liquid, I added  more mashed banana than normal. I also sweetened this paleo banana bread with maple syrup and added a generous dash of cinnamon for an extra level of flavor.

Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread (Gluten Free)


I was in the mood for chocolate in my bread, so I added dark chocolate chips to the batter. Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips are dairy free but they do  contain a small amount of cane sugar. To keep this banana bread strict paleo, cut chunks from a bar of 100% cacao (I like Ghiradelli.)

The bread is super soft and prone to falling apart into giant crumbs when it’s first baked. I found that it held together best when baked in mini loaf pans. If you prefer a full size loaf, bake the bread for 45-55 minutes and allow to cool completely, then refrigerate for an hour before removing it from the pan.

Looking for more banana bread recipes? Try my Cajeta Banana Bread or Dairy Free Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream.

Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chunks see note


  • Heat your oven to 350ºF. Spray six mini loaf pans with cooking spray.
  • In a bowl, sift together the almond flour and coconut flour. Stir in the cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. 
  • In a second  bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, maple  syrup, and  vanilla. Mash in two and a half bananas until smooth. Stir in the dry ingredients until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chunks. 
  • Divide the batter among the loaf pans. If desired, lightly press slices of the leftover banana into the top of the batter. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are browned and the center is  set. 
  • Let cool completely before carefully removing from the pans. 


Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips are dairy free but they do  contain a small amount of cane sugar. To keep this banana bread strict paleo, cut chunks from a bar of 100% cacao (I like Ghiradelli.) 

By on March 12th, 2018

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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5 thoughts on “Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread (Gluten Free)”

  1. I’m going to make this, and probably this weekend 🙂 I have SO MUCH maple syrup because my family produces it and I don’t consume it too often. Will probably follow this to a T except will use Lily’s chocolate chips. I love this post! Thank you 🙂


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