Chickpea Flour Banana Bread (gluten free!)

Beautiful & nutritious chickpea flour banana bread packed with protein & fiber for the perfect breakfast or snack. This gluten free chickpea flour banana bread is also nut free, dairy free and naturally sweetened! Enjoy with chocolate chips or your favorite nuts.

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

It always feels exceptional to wake up and notice banana bread sitting on the counter waiting to be devoured. You know it’s going to be even better than it was the first day, if that’s even possible. Yet you tell yourself you’ll have it later, perhaps for an afternoon treat.

Shortly after you open the pantry and peer into the fridge, you realize you’re absolutely having that banana bread for breakfast. There’s no stopping you. You’re craving it NOW.

That was my situation last week and it ended with me enjoying two thick slices with peanut butter on top. Plus a few fresh strawberries, chia seeds and huge chunks of dark chocolate. Because antioxidants, right?

chickpea flour banana bread sliced on a baking sheet

What is chickpea flour?

Today’s banana bread comes to you with a wonderful flour I discovered a few years back: chickpea flour! It’s also known as garbanzo bean flour, gram flour and besan, and it’s used in a lot of Middle Eastern & Indian cooking and baking. Trust me when I say this flour is amazing!

  • It’s inexpensive. Compared to a flour like almond flour, you save some money.
  • It’s nutritious. This protein goddess is packed with 6g of protein and 5g fiber per serving. SAY WHAT?
  • It’s gluten & nut free. The perfect alternative if you’re looking for a baked good that’s both!
  • It’s aslightly sweet. The flour itself is naturally a bit sweet (like almond & coconut flour) which means that it was easy to cut back on the sweeteners in the recipe.

Where can you buy chickpea flour?

You can typically find chickpea flour at Whole Foods or even online.

The good news is that chickpea flour isn’t difficult to make yourself, it’s just ground up dried chickpeas that are pulsed into a fine powder with the hard pieces sifted out. I’ve haven’t tried the DIY version yet, but want to!

chickpea flour banana bread batter in a bowl with a wooden spoon

Everything you’ll need to make chickpea flour banana bread

This delicious & easy chickpea flour banana bread uses plenty of pantry staples to make baking a breeze. Plus the ingredients give the bread a great amount of protein and fiber! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bananas: be sure to use super ripe bananas to give the bread a natural sweetness.
  • Sweetener: you’ll also add in a touch of honey or pure maple syrup.
  • Eggs: you’ll need two eggs in this banana bread recipe. I have not tested it with flax eggs but let me know if you do!
  • Oil: feel free to use olive oil, coconut oil, butter or vegan butter to give the banana bread moisture.
  • Chickpea flour: the star of the show! The bread will bake up beautifully thanks to chickpea flour.
  • Baking staples: you’ll also need vanilla extract, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and a splash of apple cider vinegar.
  • Optional mix-ins: feel free to add chocolate chips, blueberries, chopped walnuts or pecans, or some shredded coconut to give the bread extra goodness.

unbaked chickpea flour banana bread in a loaf pan

Can I use regular flour?

I would not recommend substituting the chickpea flour for another flour as the texture will not be the same. If you’re looking for an alternative try one of these:

banana bread made with chickpea flour on a baking sheet

How to make banana bread with chickpea flour

  1. Prep your pan. Line an 8×4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk the dry. Mix together the chickpea flour, baking soda, cinnamon & salt.
  3. Mix the wet. Combine the mashed bananas, honey, vanilla, eggs, oil and apple cider vinegar until smooth.
  4. Make your batter & bake! Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Stir in any mix-ins you’d like, bake & enjoy!

Make it into muffins

Yes, you can make this easy chickpea flour banana bread into muffins! Follow the recipe instructions and divide the batter evenly in your muffin tray. Then simply bake them for 20-24 minutes until a tester comes out clean.

gluten free chickpea flour banana bread sliced

What does chickpea flour banana bread taste like?

It tastes just like…banana bread! Years ago when I first make this bread I brought it to one of my favorite personal trainers but didn’t tell him it was made with chickpea flour. He said the bread was amazing. Tony also ate several slices with peanut butter on top for dessert. He LOVED it and confirmed that it tasted exactly like regular banana bread. Having a friend, partner or family member who will try anything you make is seriously a blessing.

sliced healthy chickpea flour banana bread on a baking sheet

Storing & freezing tips

To store: this gluten free chickpea flour banana bread should be kept well-covered in foil or plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days, then I recommend transferring to the fridge or freezer.

To freeze: this chickpea flour banana bread freezes well! Simply wrap in plastic, then tightly in foil and finally place in a reusable bag or freezer-friendly bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature once you are ready to eat. You can also feel free to freeze individual slices for a quick on the go treat!

three slices of chickpea flour banana bread on plates

Other chickpea recipes that you might like

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies

Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich with Cranberries & Lemon

Healthy Sesame-Orange Ginger Chickpea Stir Fry

Easy Greek Chickpea Salad

Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Moroccan Stew

Garlic & Basil Chickpea Veggie Burgers with Creamy Avocado Pesto

I hope you love this chickpea flour banana bread! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Chickpea Flour Banana Bread (gluten free!)

4.81 from 31 votes
chickpea flour banana bread sliced on a baking sheet
Course Bread, Breakfast, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Healthy, Nut Free, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword banana bread with chickpea flour, chickpea flour banana bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Serves 12

Beautiful & nutritious chickpea flour banana bread packed with protein & fiber for the perfect breakfast or snack. This gluten free chickpea flour banana bread is also nut free, dairy free and naturally sweetened! Enjoy with chocolate chips or your favorite nuts.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium overripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/3 cup mashed banana)
  • 1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (or sub melted and cooled coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour (garbanzo bean flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional add ins:
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together chickpea flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine bananas, honey, vanilla extract, eggs, coconut oil and apple cider vinegar; mix until well combined and creamy. 
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in any of the optional add-ins to create your own version of this delicious bread. I highly recommend nuts & chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until tester inserted into center comes out clean. 

  6. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then carefully invert, remove bread from pan and place back on wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 12 slices.

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition information is based on banana bread only, without additional add ins.

You can also bake this into muffins, adjust the baking time to 20-24 minutes.

To store: this banana bread should be kept well-covered in foil or plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days, then I recommend transferring to the fridge or freezer.

To freeze: wrap in plastic, then tightly in foil and finally place in a reusable bag or freezer-friendly bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature once you are ready to eat. You can also feel free to freeze individual slices for a quick on the go treat!

Nutrition
Servings: 12 slices
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories: 130kcal
Fat: 4.2g
Carbohydrates: 20.3g
Fiber: 3.3g
Sugar: 9.2g
Protein: 4.3g

Recipe & Photography by: Monique Volz // Photo Editing by: Sarah Fennel

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