very forgiving & gluten free banana bread squares

This banana bread is gluten free revision, based on Joanna Gaines’s recipe from Magnolia Table. When I have an overly ripe bunch of bananas, and don’t need to freeze any more for smoothies, it’s the recipe that I turn to.

Favourite Takeaways:

  1. Freezes and stores well
  2. Can be made ahead of time
  3. Forgiving

Fresh from the oven or freezer, these banana bread squares make a wonderful breakfast, brunch, snack, or tea time addition. I personally keep returning to this particular recipe as I love that when made in a square pan you get these wonderful squares that are so easy to slice.

alteration notes

  • Reduced brown sugar 
  • Used unsalted butter 
  • Used gluten free AP flour   
  • Added extra egg  
  • Reduced baking soda
  • Added baking powder  
  • Omitted granulated sugar 

approximate times 

  • Prep: 15 minutes  
  • Bake: 25-30 minutes


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 
  2. Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper
  3. In a stand mixer (with paddle attachment) beat the oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and bananas – until combined 
  4. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt 
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients – mix until combined 
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan – spread evenly with spatula 
  7. Bake for 20-25 mins or until a toothpick (insert in the middle) comes out clean 
  8. Cool slightly (5-8 mins) before transferring onto a cooling rack 

Further Insights 

  • serves about 8
  • olive, canola, or melted coconut oil work well as butter substitutes
  • suggest pairing with  peanut butter + honey/jam
  • feel free to increase sugar if bananas are moderately ripe

If you love banana bread as much as I do, then you may also want to try these gluten free soft and simple breakfast cookies.

If you have any questions about the recipe feel free to leave a note in the comments section below.



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