Gluten Free Maui Banana Bread recipe

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When you go to Hawaii, more specifically Maui, it seems like there’s a checklist of what most people do or see like snorkeling, going to Haleakala, seeing a rainbow (maybe even a double!), attending a luau, and driving the road to Hana which includes consuming the famous banana bread from any one of a number of roadside stands.

On our way to Hana, we never made it to one of the roadside banana bread stands, mostly because they all had gluten in them. I did allow myself to taste one local batch from a grocery store in Ka’anapali because I was curious. The family also agreed it was delicious.

When I returned home, I was determined to recreate the same flavor but in a gluten-free variety. After doing some cross referencing, I decided to use my own recipe for banana bread with the addition of salted macadamia nuts and some extra cinnamon. The result was simply delicious; the bread is moist and sweet with a hint of cinnamon and a nice crunch from the macadamias. Why not give it a try? You will be saying “Mahalo” or thank you for sure!

Gluten-free banana bread Hawaiian style

Gluten-free banana bread Hawaiian style

Gluten-Free Maui Banana Bread

2 cup basic Gluten-Free flour blend (you can use your own to try this one)
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (use less if the nuts are salted)
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 large eggs
1/2 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk or yogurt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 ripe, mashed bananas
1/2 c chopped macadamia nuts or walnuts
Optional: 1/2 c unsweetened shredded coconut

1. Pre-heat oven to 325F and generously grease loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients (first 7 ingredients).
3. In a smaller bowl, mix the eggs, then add the butter or oil, milk or yogurt, sugar, vanilla and banana.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix. Stir in the nuts and optionally, the coconut.
5. Place batter into loaf pan.
6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the middle is set.

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5 Responses to Gluten Free Maui Banana Bread recipe

    Amish Stories August 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    you had me at bread, looks like something i could enjoy. Richard

    The Family Chef September 1, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    When the non-gluten free kids are asking their mom to make this, you know it’s good!

    CLu September 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Love the idea of gluten-free maui banana bread – we are trying to be gluten free in our house. Could I make it even MORE “Maui” inspired and use coconut flour? Is it easy to cook with coconut flour? Could I substitute coconut flour w/one of the gluten free flours to the “make your own” recipe?Any changes to instructions?

    The Family Chef September 5, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    @CLu Aloha! Thanks for the comment. When I had tried the bit I did and researched recipes, I did not see coconut being used. However, I would have preferred to make it with shredded unsweetened coconut. The coconut flour changes the texture; you need to add more liquid. It sounds like a good idea, though, and I have updated the recipe.

    Please spread the word about The Family Chef. Mahalo.


  1. Gluten Free in Maui - Amy the Family Chef - May 9, 2017

    […] I seem to get asked quite often about how to eat gluten-free in Maui. My family is lucky enough to have visited a number of times. As with many vacation spots, the availability of gluten-free foods on the island of Maui has continued to increase, making it easier than ever. One reason it is easy to find gluten-free food is that many of the dishes are naturally gluten-free like fish, rice, and fruit. However, always ask about seasonings like soy sauce and make sure they know your level of intolerance. I ended up creating my own gluten-free version of Maui banana bread. You can find that here. […]

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