Banana Bread 3 Ways (nut free)

All I’ve been craving in sweet potatoes, nutella, chocolate, and ummmmm more sweet potatoes, in fry form. That’s all I’ve wanted. Thankfully I’ve been eating other stuff, but I don’t know what the hell is going on. No, I’m not pregnant. And no, it’s not that time of the month. You should know that by now if you’ve read my blog regularly. Gross. I’m gross.

I kind of want ice cream.

Ok, enough about food. This blog is a food blog, I shouldn’t be talking about it. Just kidding. Let’s talk about these banana breads. I wanted banana bread the other day and ended up making it without nuts or seeds, which I haven’t done before. I’m not really sure if a coconut is a seed or a fruit, but I don’t really care because my body gets along with coconuts. I’m sure someone will tell me on my blog. That’s usually how I learn stuff.

I got my nails AND toes done yesterday. My feet feel lighter. I’m pretty sure it’s been 7 years since I got a pedicure. SEVEN YEARS. Do you know how many calluses build up in 7 years? While doing CrossFit. And wearing shoes that don’t take very good care of my feet. Either way, my toes look pretty good at this point. I have ugly toes so I need as much help as I can get. I’m so excited to get sandals.

Never once did I think I would say that. My life is so different compared to last year, it’s ridiculous. Last year, I was wearing CrossFit clothes constantly, working out multiple times a day, never taking off my tennis shoes (mostly because they smell terrible), Rx’ing every workout, and rarely taking off my headband. I now get my toes and nails done, suck at workouts, style my hair about 60% of the time, drink bloody marys more often than not, and shop online more than I ever thought I would. ModCloth is doing well off of me. I’m even going shopping for jeans twice in one week after crying in the dressing room last time. But I’m definitely getting jeans this time around. I’m not letting any jeans get me down, like I would have last year. Anyone know a good seamstress in Denver? I think I’m gonna need it.

I just ate sweet potatoes and there is grease on my keyboard. I’m a terrible blogger.


Banana Bread 3 Ways (nut free)


  • Yield: 4-6 1x



For the banana bread base

  • 6 bananas (brown ones are sweeter)
  • 4 dried dates, pitted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut butter
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

For the variety


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add dried dates to the food processor and puree until you get a lumpy paste.
  3. Then place bananas in the food processor and pulse until completely pureed.
  4. Next add eggs and coconut butter and puree.
  5. Then add coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt.
  6. Pour batter into three small baking bread dishes.
  7. Add sliced banana on top of one, then pour in as many chocolate chips as you would like into another and mix with a knife to incorporate, then add dried strawberries and blueberries to the last one and use a knife to mix well.
  8. Place all three on a baking sheet and into the oven for 40-45 minutes until you poke each one with a toothpick and they come out clean.
  9. Let rest for about 5 minutes then slice.
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114 thoughts on “Banana Bread 3 Ways (nut free)”

  1. These look great! Banana bread is one of my favorite treats. My brother has gotten a dress shirt made for him in Denver, so I assume they would tailor for you. Not sure who it is, but I can find out if you are interested.

  2. I had a similar transformation when I started dating someone seriously 😉

    I think coconut is a nut. There is no research to back that statement up, just the “nut” part of teh word… and I’m pretty sure there is no “coco” family.

    I love coconut, but everything I bake with coconut flour as a strange aftertaste. You think it’s the flour or baking soda or baking powder?

    1. You may have already learned this, but coconut is not actually a nut, it’s a fruit.

      I’m allergic to tree nuts, and so I’ve done research to be sure!


  3. Mmmmm nut free banana bread!? Shut the front door.

    Please stop saying you suck at workouts. You don’t. I know because I’m in the SW region and stalk the SW leaderboard. You didn’t do bad. Those of us who really suck aspire to do what you can do, so… be nice to our aspirations and role model ok? 🙂

    1. Totally agree. I’m not in the SW region. I straight up stalked Juli out of curiosity and she did awesome. Maybe one day I will be as awesome. Maybe.

      Until then, maybe I’ll work on being less of a stalker.

      1. Hey, stalking is how you find the best workout partners. I stalked someone from the CF blog (main site) and found that she lived in the next town over. I’ve been getting my butt whooped ever since!

  4. I’m having a similar jeansperience (jeans experience, if you will) and evolving my own relationship with exercise – there are definitely very trying moments but its a really rewarding transition too. The banana breads look delish!

  5. O.M.G.
    I didn’t even have time to read your hilarious-ness before I started drooling. From pictures. Geeze–hopeless.
    That just looks so. so. good.

  6. Caveat: This has nothing to do with banana bread.
    I found your blog via pinterest. Made some stuff – so far all amazing. I don’t eat paleo, but just like feeling healthy via the foods I eat.
    I noticed you blog a lot about your acne. I’m 29, recently went off birth control pills after 10+ years and my body is like, “F-YOU here are some disgusting pimples for your face and body”. I recently found a solution to this, and you will DIE. SERIOUSLY DIE. Coconut oil. I “wash” my face with coconut oil in the morning and night and never use anything else…except maybe once every other week I mix it with some baking soda to exfoliate. I don’t use lotion on my face. I literally, wipe coconut oil all over my face, “wash it” with water, and then blot it dry. At first, it feels oily, but your face will suck it in. TRY IT! I actually never used coconut oil in kitchen until this week when I found your blog. Now I feel like I’m eating my face wash – although I did buy a new jar for my kitchen. My husband thinks I’m weird. Good luck and thank you for your blog!
    Addicted to coconut oil.

  7. Haha. I get you. This week I have managed to get both almond butter and honey on my keyboard. I am pretty much typing on a sandwich. Food blogger problems. I am totally craving banana bread! WANT! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  8. Try Joe’s Jeans and if you have a Buckle store – go there tell them the color you want and let them bring you every pair of jeans in the store until you find one you like. I do that. 🙂

    1. I love Buckle, I do the same thing! I have an ass and thighs so I don’t mind paying more for jeans if they fit, are comfy, and cute 🙂

  9. Love your website & recipes. I started making my own coconut butter, way cheaper than buying. Like you not too crazy about nuts being in everything so it’s nice to have new ideas.


  10. Botanically, the coconut fruit is a drupe, not a true nut.

    But who cares, cuz it’s deeeelish! Can’t wait to try these!

  11. OMG girl, this recipes looks too good!!!! I’m at work and I want to leave to just do this and sit on the couch and eat!!! lol thanks for the recipe!!

    I am freshly new to ur site and I am obssesed with all ur recipes!!! I have done five so far and both my husband and I have loved everything about it. Thank u a million, we have been trying paleo for about almost two months and until I met ur site is when my husband and I started loving more paleo and craving less of the food we ate before. Awesome work girl!!!!xoxoxoxo

  12. The only jeans that fit my crossfit butt and thighs are the Paige Skyline skinny. I have 4 pairs. Give them a shot!

  13. Ok, I’m dumb…but do I use all six bananas in the bread batter and need a seventh banana to top one? Or do I use five in the batter and one as the topper? Thanks!

  14. Help…If I have no coconut cream what shall I do/use–no coconuts right now either?! Is it usually found in local grocery stores?

    1. Also, if you have a local co-op or some sort of health food store, or hell, even a health-food section at a regular grocery store, they’ll likely carry it there. Our co-op carries everything you can imagine-coconut and I’m in freakin’ Idaho.

  15. Tiff…I’d say that there is a 7th banana because 1 banana is listed under the variety section, as is chocolate chips and blue/strawberries, all of which aren’t listed in the main ingredient’s part.

    She always makes me so damn hungry 🙂

  16. Holy deliciousness. And hilariousness. (My auto correct wanted to make that “hilarious mess” lol jerk.) I can’t wait to try this banana bread with all the added extras! Genius!

    Coconut is considered a nut. Although it’s more recently that it’s being labeled as such. My son is only 6 and has a tree nut allergy. Coconut was never labeled as part of the tree nut warning but is now. I don’t know whether that’s because of the coconut actually being similar to other tree nuts or just because many people with tree nut allergies have had reactions to coconuts as well. So… I guess that didn’t realize answer your question at all. My b. I’m just gonna go make banana bread now…

  17. If you are every visiting a city with one of these scanners nearby they are a life saver. My never had a pair of jeans fit daughter (since she started crossfit) now has jeans that fit. With a walk into the store try on one pair type of ease.

    Well worth it! -Teri

  18. Hi, I really want to make this today, but I don’t have coconut butter, could mud put desiccated coconut and some coconut oil in? Yum thanks

  19. I hear ya on the cravings…crackers + cheese…YES PLEASE! I am going to try your bread recipe out this weekend, see if I can curb the need for carbs 😉


  20. this looks good. Here’s my favorite recipe, but its best in mini muffin form, not a bread. I like it because it is so simple, and doesnt have any nuts.

    4 bananas
    4 eggs
    about 1 tsp baking powder
    1/2c coconut flour
    1 tsp vanilla
    tons of cinnamon – at least 1 tbsp

    Blend in blender or with beaters. Spray mini muffin tins generously with coconut oil. Fill. Cook at 340 until insides are bread-like and not gooey.

    Options: dark chocolate chips, dried blueberries, raisins, cranberries, etc.

  21. Wow, I am definately going to be making this. I love banana bread and after eating Paleo (except for occasional cheat meals – pizza is my true love!) I haven’t had a slice of banana bread, not even a banana nut muffin mmmm fav! Anyhoo thanks for the great recipe! I will also be sharing with my blog followers – eat healthy athletes!

  22. If I only want to make one lot of bread, can I simply divide the recipe by 3? Unfortunately I’m the only Paleo eater in my household, and I don’t think I could eat 3 lots by myself… Haha

  23. juli – i wanted to tell you about my facial i had today – they used liquid nitrogen to treat my acne! u need to look into it. the pimples are already smaller after a few hours!

    p.s i just made banana bread today too! great minds!

  24. Ok I have been wanting a recipe for banana bread so I can use up my extremely ripe bananas I have in my kitchen. Dumb question, I can just make one large loaf with this or does it have to be 3 different small ones or could I do muffins? It looks so yummy.

  25. Would love to make this without the eggs – do you think chia seeds substituted for the eggs would work? Can’t wait to give it a go 🙂

  26. Always so much fun to read your blog. You are like talking to a nutty friend on the phone. So much fun, and yet so smart – love your recipes!!!

  27. i guess if you want to get technical, coconut is a seed. the “fruit” would be the green, outer skin. the flesh and milk are all the internals of a seed. ^_^ yay, nut free! lol.

    (btw, a friend led me here after raving about your coconut treats. amazing stuff here!)

  28. Just got your cookbook! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I want to make everything! I see a few recipes call for protein powder. What do you get that is dairy free?

  29. Got your cookbook about a week ago now. Sadly I have not had time to really dig into it yet (just started Crossfit so between that and work and attempting to maintain my body’s proper adrenal function…yeah). It looks fab though and I’m definitely going to spend some QT with it this weekend.

    What I really wanted to tell you is that I’ve been having some rather persistent and annoying acne lately, like the kind you just can’t get rid of and seems to stick around forever – and I’ve recently started putting castor oil on it as a “spot” treatment at bedtime. Now, keep in mind that it is messy, as in gets on your clothes and bed linens if you aren’t careful, but it totally is working. I also really like green pastures beauty balm but it just wasn’t working with this most recent battle. So yeah, castor oil all the way.

    1. Another great spot treatment is Lugol’s iodine. That’s what I use for my really tough pimples. I apply it with a really small makeup brush (like a concealer brush), let it sink in, then apply a few more times. Always before bed, because it stains the area for a few hours! It has never failed to dry up a pimple. Be careful about getting it on the surrounding skin though, it will cause major dryness (hence the small applicator brush).

  30. Hey Juli!

    For jeans, definitely check out
    High Country Western Wear. I’ve cried in many-a-dressing rooms because of the same problems – too small in the butt and thighs, too big in the waist. They make awesome jeans there. (And no, they aren’t the creepy old lady western “mom” jeans). Plus, if you dig sweet cowboy boots, its a double bonus. Hope this helps! (Ps…I have a serious addiction to your banana bread. Its a problem)

    High Country Western Wear
    (303) 425-0055
    4900 Allison St, Arvada, CO

    Good luck lady!

  31. For jeans, check out the brand KUT. You can find them at, and for me, they seem to alleviate that waist gap problem. I have some junk in my truck and muscular thighs – at least I’m calling them muscular. 😉 I’ve also heard that Honey by Joe’s Jeans has a good fit. Good luck! 🙂

  32. So I was sitting at home thinking about making banana bread and I came to this site to see if you had a paleo version and lo and behold it was on the front page! Awesome, thank you!

  33. Is there anything I can sub for coconut cream concetrate? I have coconut cream. If I put it in the fridge, can I just scrape the cream off top? Thanks!

    1. Great recipe,
      I used coconut cream/scraped off the top, thick stuff and it works out well! Thank you

  34. I just made a modified version of these – delicious! I didn’t happen to have any dates, but I have a lot of prunes sitting around, so I subbed prunes. I’m sure it would be even better with dates, but it’s pretty awesome with prunes. Also, I didn’t have coconut butter, but I ground dried coconut in a spice grinder to make a paste. Seemed to do the trick! Thank you for the recipe!

  35. Um, I made this, and I am not that good at cooking, and it was AMAZING! I brought it in for my coworkers and they all loved it. Thanks!

  36. I made all three of these for my friend’s birthday party today. They were a huge hit and a lot of guests asked me for the recipe!

  37. What is the texture supposed to be like when these are done?

    I made muffins with this recipe and ended up cooking for an hour total and they are still mushy on the inside, poking a toothpick in never comes out completely clean (though it has come out mostly clean since the 30 minute mark, the results hadn’t really changed since then). I don’t know if that’s an artifact of the gluten free recipe or not since I’ve never baked with these ingredients before.

    The taste is good but my honey is afraid it’s not fully cooked. I can’t see how muffins cooked at 375 for an hour wouldn’t be fully cooked though. The only thing I can think of I might have done wrong was, I wasn’t sure whether you are supposed to reconstitute the coconut cream extract (per package directions) or leave it as is?


  38. Do you use any type of dark chocolate chips for this recipe or a certain brand? And does anyone else get stomach upset with coconut products? I love LOVE coconut but man it sometimes does a number on my digestive system! Thanks!

  39. Coconut cream concentrate. I watched a video about using it (still have not done so). It says to put the jar into a hot water bath to melt, and then stir it and then use it — as it sits in the jar now it’s totally and clearly separated. So, is that what this would require? Did you use melted / liquid state coconut cream concentrate?

  40. Made these last night and they turned out great! I only had 5 bananas, and some had too much brown so I sub’ed some baked yam I already had since I had just recently made your sweet potato loaf from your cookbook (which I’m really happy about!) so that gave me the idea. They firmed up nicely, are delicious and I like that they have no added sweeteners. I topped mine only with dark chocolate chips since that’s the only way to go! Also, the sweet potato loaf was delish too and a big hit with my non-paleo BF and his 3 kids! Thanks Juli! The cookbook is great!

  41. I love you – seriously. This blog is great and every recipe looks amazing!
    I’m only on day 4 of my new Paleo lifestyle – but it instantly clicked with me. I don’t miss the grains – and I don’t mind spending Sunday in the kitchen to prepare meals for the week (well yet anyway). My husband on the other hand isn’t as excited. He’s enjoyed all the paleo food I’ve made so far – but isn’t ready to give up his cereal.
    Crossfit on the other hand – is kicking my ass and not flinching at it. Man alive – I didn’t realize how out of shape I am. I am by no means obese (6’2″, 180lbs) but folks who “look” more out of shape than me are running circles around me. I seriously cried after my astoundingly poor performance last night – and am as sore as the dickens today.
    But the food I love – and I can already picture a healthier, fitter version of myself, so I’m going to stick to it. Your recipes will certainly help – on the food front anyway.
    Congrats on your gift of inspiring others!!

  42. Made this last night and it is really awesome! I can’t decide which flavor I like best! I used regular strawberries (not dried) and it kind of turned out with a pudding consistentcy but still tasted wonderful!

  43. Yummy. I didn’t have coconut butter, so improvised with almond butter. (Not so much worried about the nut-free.) Also added 1/4 tsp nutmeg and allspice. Crowd pleaser…gluten-free, Paleo, or not! Thanks! 🙂

  44. I basically ate all of this recipe by myself in two days. But i am not ashamed because it was delishhh. 🙂

  45. Joe’s Jeans in the Honey cut, or Lucky brand jeans in curvy work wonders for gals with the mesomorph build. No alteration necessary. Also, Gap curvy jeans fit well.

  46. These are some of the best muffins I have made! I used 5 large bananas and placed into muffin tin (about 15). I added Enjoy Life dark chocolate chunks and walnuts. YUM!

  47. I just started the paleo diet and I want to start making snack foods like this yummy banana bread but I am nervous that it still isnt the greatest to eat because it could still be fatening. Would you suggest I wait until I am more into the diet to start making these kinds of things or think its okay to do it now? thanks

  48. I just made this recipe with the wrong cooking apparatuses:
    – Blender instead of food processor
    – Random glass pans instead of bread pans

    And with the wrong ingredients:
    – Prunes instead of dates
    – Coconut oil instead of coconut butter

    And then I put them in for the wrong amount of time:
    – Toothpick was clean at 28 minutes instead of 40

    Juli, your recipes are so awesome that none of the giant baking fails above seem to matter. These pans of paleo goodness smell freakin’ FANTASTIC and I bet they’re going to taste even better!

  49. So I posted yesterday about the size pan. The mix was so yummy and all I had was a normal size pan. We’re you talking a small loaf pans? Or what was the measurement. I followed the recipe to a T but it didn’t make enough to be split in 3 pans, so I put it all in one. I had to cook it longer almost an hour. The toothpick came out clean, but the only piece that was edible was the end piece. The rest just had a funny taste and odd consistency like that of a really eggy/moist(I hate that word) loaf. The mix was delicious…so was it the pan? Do i need smaller pans or should i mAke muffins, is it something else? i would love to try it again as I am trying to convert my 2 year old and 4 year old…. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated

  50. Just made this recipe….with the exception of making the coconut butter (made it with a blender….going to buy a processor today!!) this recipe was super easy! I was only able to fill 2 tins (??) so hoping it works out cause it smells delish!! Made one with enjoy life choc chips and one with banana slices….mmmmmm…..banana bread (insert gross drooling sounds here).

  51. One of my favorite Paleo banana breads yet! It had a great sweetness to it (dates are so delicious!).

    I used almond flour instead of coconut because I was out.

    I didn’t use a loaf pan- just used a regular glass baking pan (8×8). I cooked for 40 min- may cook longer next time, my toothpick came out clean but it was still a little moister on than I prefer (but still good!).


  52. This is my FAVORITE banana bread even compared to the “bad ones”!!!! I love it with the enjoy chocolate chips sooo effing good!!!!

  53. OMG, i just made this and it is delish. I shared a taste with a friend of mine who blogs about food as well and she LOVED it. I think I may have made her a paleo convert. Can’t wait to try some more recipes.

  54. Another delicious recipe, Juli! I have been making your banana bread from the french toast recipe for months now. The bread is totally awesome even without making it into french toast. But – like you – I started having some *ahem* issues with nuts. I tried this recipe instead and fell in love! What a perfect snack!

  55. I don’t have any coconut cream:( how would I go about making homemade coconut butter? Or what can I use in the place of the cream?

  56. Juli, our bread came out too moist, almost wet. Any advice to get a desirable moist texture to this delicious recipe? Thank you!

  57. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Can you substitute something else for dates (like raisins or prunes)? You’re awesome Juli!

  58. Hi, As you know, you’ve inspired many people to begin, or continue a paleo lifestyle and you have newly become an angel to me since making the discovery of your banana bread recipe, i was just wondering whether or not the recipe is for three lots of banana bread or just one? Thanks again x

  59. Hi! i was just wondering if you think i can substitute coconut flour for almond…and if i’d have to cut down on any of the eggs or even liquids?

  60. Made this last night for the 3rd! time. I added a bit more coconut flour and close to a 1/4 cup of cocoa, used butter instead of coconut (not paleo…) and wow. Usually it turns out kind of mushy, but this turned out like brownies! Kids loved it.

    1. I’m so glad you posted that! I’m definitely going to make some banana brownies now! Maybe add a few walnuts, but we’ll see. It sounds absolutely delicious! Was it unsweetened cocoa?

  61. Hey! I also live in Denver. I don’t know if you still live in the area, but where do you do crossfit at? I’m new to the city and looking around for places.

    I also love banana bread and am going to make these today!

    If you ever need a crossfit friend let me know!

    Anyways, on a less creepy note- love your blog! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  62. Hmmm it’s so hard for me to actually bake something I have the hardest time deciding which one of you recipes I want to bake they all look amazing!!!… I think I’ll start with this one or all three i guess

      1. Thanks! It turned out well, but I didn’t fill up the bread pan as I was concerned about the middle being undercooked. Which size loaf pan did you use? I appreciate your help. I think it will make an easy lunchbox/picnic/daytrip option. I might try sunflower seed butter on top? If you have any other suggestions as to what flavors might complement the banana flavor, I’m open to ideas.

  63. I have made this twice. Once followed instructions exactly. Second time I added 4 heaping tablespoons of coconut flour and -1 teaspoon of vanilla (trying to cut back on liquid), and added 1/4 cup of flaxmeal. Yet it is still mushy on inside, even though I baked it for over an hour (75 minutes) in three small loaf pans (5×3). The flavor is amazing but the gooey texture on the inside is not my favorite. Any suggestions? Will Cupcakes be less moist?

  64. I have made this twice. Once followed instructions exactly. Second time I added 4 heaping tablespoons of coconut flour and -1 teaspoon of vanilla (trying to cut back on liquid), and added 1/2 cup of flaxmeal. Yet it is still mushy on inside, even though I baked it for over an hour (75 minutes) in three small loaf pans (5×3). The flavor is amazing but the gooey texture on the inside is not my favorite. Any suggestions? Will Cupcakes be less moist?

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