Sliced banana bread

Papa’s Banana Bread

This gluten-free banana bread recipe is from my dad. This recipe is one of the first I posted on my blog in 2008 and decided to update it with photos and a video today – April 1, 2020. While the entire country is on lockdown for a few weeks (months!), we might as well be baking!

This banana bread is tried and true. The recipe is simple and delicious! The more rotten the bananas, the better – true story. Banana bread is versatile – it can be great for dessert or breakfast. For breakfast, try putting some cream cheese on a slice. It is a great mix of flavors.

My dad loves to put nuts in his bread, but my kids prefer chocolate chips. Either way, or even with nothing extra added in, this bread is a favorite! Jump to Recipe 

noelle and keegan with banana bread
Surprise! Please stop taking photos so I can eat this bread …

My dad’s original recipe used regular flour, I just substitute whatever gluten-free flour I have in the pantry. I bet you have all of the ingredients on hand.

banana bread
Ready for the oven …

If you are looking for something easy enough for your kids to cook … this is the recipe for you. No stand mixer required – although they might need a little help stirring if the batter is a little thick.

Sliced banana bread
Papa’s Banana Bread
A Few Simple Ingredients …  
banana bread ingredients
Banana bread ingredients – you probably have them all!
Watch Noelle Make This Bread Like A Pro …

Papa’s Banana Bread Recipe
Sliced banana bread
5 from 2 votes

Papa's Banana Bread

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Quick bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 12 slices
Calories 323 kcal
Author Erin Brighton


  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 c. butter softened
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 bananas rotten
  • 1/2 c. nuts or chocolate chips or both


  1. Heat oven to 375. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in mixing bowl.

  3. Add butter. Blend together.

  4. Add eggs and bananas. Blend well.

  5. If you like chocolate chips or nuts, add them last.

  6. Cook for an hour. Some ovens might cook faster - so check your bread after 50 minutes. Cover with foil if it is browning too much. A knife inserted into the center should come out clean.

Other favorite breakfast breads … 

Browned Butter Banana Bread With Ginger and Pecans

Poppy Seed Bread with a Citrus Glaze

Apple Banana Bread

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Yum! Can’t Wait To Eat This Bread!

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

2 thoughts on “Papa’s Banana Bread”

  1. So easy and so delicious! I saw your post on FB yesterday, and three sad bananas on my counter this morning that magically became banana bread!

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