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The Best Moist Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Sour Cream

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The Best Moist Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Sour Cream comes together quickly and is rich and decadent! It’s also an easy recipe; I believe it is the best banana bread recipe ever. The secret to this moist, quick bread is the combination of sour cream, applesauce, and very ripe bananas. It also has a delicious maple glaze.

Gluten Free Banana Bread with Sour Cream and Bananas on Cutting Board

My biggest complaint about GF Banana Bread is that it is often dry. I experimented with a few recipes until I came up with this one. This delicious gluten-free recipe will fool anyone into thinking it has gluten. It’s soft, moist, and full of rich banana flavor, and it is one of my favorite gluten-free recipes! If you are on a gluten-free diet, you will love this recipe. It’s delicious for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

If you love this recipe, you will love our Easy Spiced Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf with Icing.

Slices of Gluten Free Banana Bread on a Cutting Board

What Makes This Gluten-Free Banana Bread Special?

  • Family favorite recipe
  • It has a perfect, moist texture
  • Delicious hot or toasted with cream cheese or butter
  • It’s a simple, easy recipe you can make time and again
  • Lots of Banana Flavor
Ingredients for Baking

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

  • 2 cups All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Blend – I used Bob’s Red Mill
  • One teaspoon baking soda – I used Bob’s Mill GF Baking Soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ stick butter melted
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 3 large over-ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 tsp gf brandy or vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

Ingredients for Maple Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
Slices of Banana Bread

Instructions To Make This Healthy Banana Bread

Step-by-Step Recipe will be in the Recipe Card Below

Preheat the Oven Temperature to 350 degrees F.

Step 1– Mash very ripe bananas by hand or with a potato masher. Mix with one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice.

Mashing Bananas

Step 2 – Whisk Dry Ingredients: flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.

Whisk Dry Baking Ingredients

Step 3– Melt Butter in a saucepan and bring to room temperature.

Melting Butter in Saucepan

Step 4 – Wet Ingredients: Mix butter and brown sugar, then add sour cream, applesauce, vanilla, and mashed bananas.

Mixing Wet Ingredients for Banana Bread

Step 5 – Add Dry Ingredients and mix gently until ingredients are combined. Do not overmix.

Batter in white bowl
Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients for baking in White Bowl

Step 6 – Pour banana bread batter into a buttered ceramic or metal loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle Sunflower Seeds on top.

Quick Bread Batter in Ceramic Loaf Pan with Pink Napkin

Step 7 – Bake for One Hour. After 30 minutes, loosely tent with aluminum foil. This will prevent the Banana Bread from burning or drying out.

Step 8 – Maple Glaze – Whisk melted butter, maple syrup, and powdered sugar until smooth. When banana bread is at room temperature drizzle on the maple glaze.

Test doneness with a wooden toothpick. When the toothpick comes out clean, quick bread is done.

Slices of Banana Bread

Tip– Let the bread cool to room temperature before storing it in a tightly covered container, with plastic wrap or any airtight container. We freeze individual slices.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions for Moist Banana Bread

  • For excellent results, do not overmix the batter.
  • I used sunflower seeds on the tops to add a nice crunch. You can also use chopped walnuts.
  • Add a Maple Glaze or Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Add a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to the batter for a Walnut Banana Bread
  • Add 1/2 Cup of Milk or Dark Chocolate Chips to the Batter for a Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.
  • Instead of gluten-free banana bread, use a muffin tin to make banana muffins.
  • Sprinkle Sugar on top of Banana Batter before baking
  • Rub a small amount of soft butter into the loaf pans when buttering the loaf pans. This helps the banana bread slide out of the loaf pan when cooled.
  • To remove banana bread from cooled loaf pans, run a sharp knife around the edges to loosen it. Cover the top of the banana bread in the loaf pan with a large plate and turn it over. The bread will slide right out!
Loaf of Moist Banana Bread with Bananas

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The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Sour Cream and Applesauce comes together quickly and is rich and decadent! It’s also an easy recipe; I believe it is the best banana bread recipe ever. The secret to this moist, quick bread is the combination of sour cream, applesauce, and very ripe bananas.

 

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: One Hour
  • Total Time: One Hour 20 Minutes
  • Yield: One Loaf
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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2 cups all-purpose Gluten-Free Flour Blend – I used Bob’s Red Mill all Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Blend

One teaspoon baking soda – I used Bob’s Mill GF Baking Soda

¼ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ stick butter melted

¾ cup light brown sugar

½ cup apple sauce

1/3 cup organic sour cream

3 large over-ripe bananas mashed

1 tsp brandy or vanilla

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

 

 

Maple Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar

 

 

Instructions

Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees F. 

Step 1—Mash very ripe bananas with a fork or potato masher. Add one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. 

Step 2 – Whisk Dry Ingredients: flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.  

Step 3 – Melt Butter in a saucepan and bring to room temperature.

Step 4 – Wet Ingredients: Mix butter and brown sugar, then add sour cream, applesauce, vanilla, and mashed bananas. 

Step 5—Mix by hand until the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Add vanilla (or GF Brandy) and combine. Fold gently so as not to overmix.  

Step 6– Pour banana bread batter into a buttered ceramic or metal loaf pan buttered and lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle Sunflower Seeds on top. 

Step 7 – Bake for One Hour. After 30 minutes, loosely tent with aluminum foil. Test doneness with a wooden toothpick.  

Step 8 – Maple Glaze – Whisk melted butter, maple syrup, and powdered sugar until smooth. When banana bread is at room temperature, drizzle on the maple glaze. 

Tip: Let the bread cool to room temperature before storing it in a tightly covered container, such as plastic wrap or an airtight container.

 

 

 

 

Notes

Recipe Tips and Substitutions for this Quick Bread Recipe 

  • For excellent results, do not overmix the batter.
  • I sprinkled sunflower seeds on the top to add a nice crunch. You can also use chopped walnuts.
  • Butter the loaf pans with soft butter. This helps the banana bread slide out of the pan when it is cooled.
  • To remove banana bread from cooled loaf pans, run a sharp knife around the edges to loosen it. Cover the top of the banana bread in the loaf pan with a large plate and turn it over. The bread will slide right out!
  • Let cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container. 

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3 Comments

    1. Alex, Thanks for the question. I have never made this bread with only white sugar. You could substitute the same amount of white sugar for the brown sugar.

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