Falling in love is easy when you taste gluten free banana bread pudding! If you are looking for an easy recipe that can be served as a breakfast or a dessert, then you are in luck! I can’t wait to show you how to make this banana fosters bread pudding.

Drizzling hot caramel over a serving of banana bread pudding.

If Mr. Fearless Dining or my kids even catch a whiff of me making this banana bread pudding recipe, they get overly excited! I can understand why—it is truly delicious! My kids call this Bananas Foster Bread Pudding because the flavors are so close.

First, let me begin by warning you that this is one of the best recipes for bread pudding I have ever tasted! It’s warm and sweet, and the marriage of cinnamon, bananas, and maple syrup is out of this world! This recipe is loosely based on my Gluten Free Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding recipe.

This was amazing! Made my GF son so happy. 🙂”

samantha, blog comment

Allergen Information:

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. Omit the nuts for a nut-free option.

How to ripen bananas:

One of the biggest questions in my banana recipes is how to ripen bananas. If you are in a hurry, try this easy 3-minute Gluten Free Banana Nut Mug Cake recipe!

  • The best way to ripen bananas is to place an apple with them and put them in a paper bag. Keep the bag out of direct sunlight so it doesn’t heat the paper bag.
  • If you are in a hurry for them to ripen, one option would be to bake them in the oven. Leave the peel on the bananas and bake at 350º F for 12 – 20 minutes. Once the skin is black, then you know it is ready. Remove the banana from the oven and let it cool. Once cool, remove the banana from the peel and mash. Then, it is ready to be added to your favorite recipes. (This can be done on a grill, too!)
Photos of the banana bread pudding ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten Free Bread – Any gluten free bread will work, but I would avoid ones with strong flavors.
  • Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Bananas – Use ripe bananas. See above for tips to ripen bananas quickly if your bananas are not quite ripe.
  • Eggs – Use size large eggs.
  • Maple Syrup – Use pure maple syrup.
  • Coconut Oil – You can also use unsalted butter or vegan butter.
  • Non-Dairy Milk – I used almond milk, but any non-dairy plant milk or regular milk will work.
A slice of gluten free banana bread pudding on a plate.

Try these tasty flavor additions!

  • Add your favorite chocolate chips to take this to a new level! Bananas and chocolate go together perfectly.
  • Caramel Sauce – Let’s face it: caramel makes everything better!
  • Raisins – banana pudding and raisins are a match made in heaven.
  • Craisins – add an extra layer of sweetness with craisins.
  • Nuts – if you don’t like walnuts, replace them with almonds, pecans, or any other nut you like. You can also omit them completely.
  • Ala Mode – Warm banana bread pudding topped with a scoop of ice cream can’t be beat. Add caramel sauce as a topping, and you will fall in love.

You can see the deliciously sweet banana chunks in this bread pudding! Are you ready to see how easy this gluten free banana bread pudding is to make? First, you need to gather your ingredients.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

The first step is to gather either gluten-free ends you saved up or take a loaf of gluten-free bread. You can also use a regular loaf of gluten-free bread.

Cubed gluten free bread on a wooden cutting board.

Step 1: Slice your gluten free bread into cubes. You can use a combination of gluten free bread brands; it doesn’t have to be the same bread. Place the bread cubes in a large mixing bowl.

Two bananas in a bowl

Step 2: My kids love this part. Add your ripe bananas to another large bowl. Use a fork or mini food processor to smash them up! I also like to use my pastry blender to chop up the banana.

Gluten free banana bread pudding wet ingredients in a bowl.

Step 3: Combine your wet ingredients in the bowl of smooshed bananas. Whisk to blend.

The bread cubes soaking in the egg and banana mixture.

Step 4: Add the bread cubes and mix well. Allow this to sit for 10-15 minutes so the bread cubes absorb all of the liquid.

The wet bread cubes in a cast iron skillet ready to bake.

Step 5: Put the bread cube mixture into a cast-iron skillet or greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake at 350º F for 25 minutes. The actual baking time will vary depending on the size and type of pan/skillet you use to bake this in.

Serve warm or cool with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can bread pudding be made ahead of time?

Yes, you can make gluten free banana bread pudding ahead of time. Mix ingredients in an airtight dish and place them in the refrigerator overnight. Then, it can be baked the next day.

How long will this recipe keep fresh?

It is best to serve the bread pudding within 2-3 days of placing it in the refrigerator because it will start drying. Store in an airtight container.

Can you freeze this recipe?

This bread pudding will last for up to two months in the freezer. To warm it up, thaw it and microwave or toss it in the oven. Store it in a freezer-safe container.

A spoon drizzling caramel over the skillet of gluten free banana bread pudding.

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which brand of gluten free bread you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Drool-Worthy Gluten Free Banana Bread Pudding

Sandi Gaertner
A delicious gluten free banana bread pudding baked in a cast iron skillet. Top with vanilla ice cream and hot caramel sauce for a bananas foster bread pudding
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 186 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 cups bread cubes
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut the gluten free bread into cubes.
  • In a bowl, add the bananas and smoosh with a fork.
  • In a large bowl, add the eggs, syrup, smooshed bananas, oil, milk, and cinnamon. Whisk to blend.
  • Add the bread cubes and mix well.
  • Allow the bread to sit for 10 minutes to absorb all of the liquid.
  • Pour the bread mixture into a cast-iron skillet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Optional: top with vanilla ice cream and caramel.

Notes

You can use any brand of gluten free bread to make this recipe.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 192mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10g
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19 Comments

  1. This looks absolutely delicious! Would it work to bake it in a regular baking dish or bread pan? I don’t have any cast iron cookware, and no time to get any before the event I’ll be baking for.

  2. We’re living with my in-laws right now, and my MIL avoids gluten. I love this idea- banana bread is so good and I’ve never tried making it gluten free!

  3. I’m so excited at the thought of making this bread pudding! It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  4. Ooh, this looks so good! Especially with that incredible caramel drizzle on top 🙂

  5. I made this for a gluten free friend and she absolutely loved it! And so did I 🙂 definitely making again soon!