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If you have a couple of over-ripe bananas, this flavorful gluten free matcha green tea banana bread is a delicious way to start your morning.

Gluten Free Matcha Green Tea Banana sliced on a cutting board.

Good morning everyone…this morning, I decided to add a little matcha kick to my banana bread. I don’t know about you, but any extra caffeine I can get in the morning is good!

This easy matcha banana bread recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth at breakfast.

Crazy about ripe sweet bananas? You will want to check out all of my delicious Gluten Free Bread Recipes on the blog!!

What is best for baking, culinary, or ceremonial matcha?

I have been adding matcha green tea powder to various treats I bake over the past year, and I can’t believe it has taken me so long to add it to banana bread. Banana bread by itself is pretty incredible, but adding matcha powder adds a level of flavor that you will need to try.

If you have wondered how to use matcha in your baking and cooking, it is important to know that matcha comes in many grades of quality.

You can find ceremonial varieties of matcha and even culinary-grade matcha.  Ceremonial green tea is high quality and appropriate for the tea ceremony.

Culinary grade matcha is a little less defined as it is a newer term. I have found it is ground very fine, and I highly recommend using a culinary-grade matcha powder because it ensures your baking is not grainy!

I was lucky to get a few big bags of Starbucks Tazo matcha green tea powder. You can also find matcha green tea powder via Amazon.

Not all matcha green tea powders are gluten free. Check ingredients!! Some Trader Joe’s matcha powder is NOT gluten free! The Starbucks matcha green tea powder I use has a little sugar. If you use pure matcha without a sweetener, add 2 tablespoons of sugar to your recipe. You may also want to use less matcha powder if you use straight culinary matcha!

Note: My matcha blend is not straight matcha; if you plan to use refined unsweetened matcha powder, you may want to reduce the recipe to 2 tablespoons!)

How to Ripen Bananas:

If your bananas are not quite ripe enough, you can try these handy tricks:

  1. Place your unripened bananas on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
  2. If you have a little time, place them in a paper bag for 24 hours.

Over-ripe bananas give this gluten free banana bread its sweetness. It’s the moist banana bread that wakes you up :-). Grab some over-ripe bananas and prepare this delicious banana bread recipe.

If you double the recipe, you can freeze one of the gluten free banana bread loaves for another day.

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Matcha Green Tea Poem

One of my readers, Elizabeth A, made this adorable Seussical poem to go with this bread:

I do not like green banana ?bread,
I do not like it,
That’s what I said.
I do like it as my toast,
I do not like it, so do not boast!
I will not like it,
Without the wheat
Green banana bread ?
I just won’t eat!
Ok- if you will let me be,
I’ll try your bread
And you will see…
I like it, I like green banana bread!
I love it, yes, that’s what I said!
And I will eat it on the street,
and I will eat it as a treat!
Thank you for the recipe…
It’s looked so strange,
But now I see,
I must try new things I say!
I must new things each day!
For every day, many foods are new,
And revealed yummy, so …
Thank you!!!???

A slice of Gluten Free Matcha Green Tea banana bread on a plate with the bread loaf in the background.

You may also love this Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Bread.

Top view of a loaf of Gluten Free Matcha Banana Bread sliced.

Recipe FAQ:

Can I make this bread without matcha green tea?

If matcha powder isn’t your thing, or if you don’t want the caffeine, feel free to omit the matcha green tea powder.

Does this banana bread freeze well?

This gluten free matcha banana bread freezes very well, so go ahead and make a double batch! To freeze your banana bread, wrap the loaf in plastic wrap. Next, wrap it in tin foil. Place the bread into a freezer-safe bag and put it in the freezer. Defrost when you want to eat it.

Can you make this recipe nut-free?

You can easily make this recipe nut-free by using different non-dairy milk and substituting more gluten free flour blend for the almond flour. Add an extra 1/2 cup of the gluten free flour blend instead of the almond flour.

Reader Adaptations:

Reader Baily F photos of her finished matcha banana bread.
Reader Baily F photos of her finished matcha banana bread.

Reader Bailey F wanted everyone to know the recipe works great with half the sugar.

More Gluten Free Matcha Green Tea Recipes:

Gluten Free Matcha Green Tea Banana Bread

Sandi Gaertner
Delicious twist on traditional banana bread. You will love this matcha green tea banana bread.
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4.92 from 46 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Gluten Free Bread Recipe, Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 302 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 ¼ cup gluten free flour blend (*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn’t, add 1 teaspoon.)
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons matcha powder (*if your matcha isn’t sweetened add 3 TBSP of sugar to the recipe.)
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¾ cup sugar (you can use brown sugar but it will make the color of the bread turn out more muddy colored.)
  • dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray coconut oil into a bread loaf pan.
  • In a mixer, add all wet ingredients.
  • (I just dropped the bananas in whole because they were so soft and ripe.)
  • Turn on mixer to slow.
  • Slowly add in dry ingredients a little at a time.
  • When the dry ingredients are mixed, increase the speed to medium for 1 minute.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake 25-30 minutes until done.

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Notes

Feel free to omit the matcha green tea powder if you prefer a regular banana bread.

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

Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 80mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19g
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72 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love cooking with matcha! I had no idea about the different grades though, thanks for the info! Loved the poem!

  2. Hi Lavendar, Thank you so much for your kind words. I do not allow reuse of my recipes in this way. I do appreciate your asking, but I can’t give my permission. Sandi

    1. Hi Beth, thanks for writing. I haven’t tried it with this recipe, but I am wondering if a chia egg would work. If you try it, please come back and leave a comment on how it worked so we can help others. Take care, Sandi

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Sandi,

    Great recipe! I love everything ‘green tea’ so couldn’t resist making this banana bread, especially because most of the ingredients I had in my kitchen already. I made a few tweaks, though, and used wholemeal flour instead of gluten free one and also cut down on sugar and oil a little bit. Turned out delicious, exactly how I like it – soft and not to sweet. I’ve recently started my own blog, will definitely share it there if you don’t mind 🙂
    Thanks
    Kasia

    1. Hi Kasia, I am so glad you liked it. I had a feeling it would work well as a non-gluten free bread too. Congratulations on starting a blog :-). As for sharing the recipe, can you please be more specific about how you want to do this? I typically do not allow my whole recipe to be posted. If you want to post the ingredients with a link back to my blog for directions, that is okay. Are you posting your own photos? Thank you, Sandi

      1. Hi Sandi, thank you for your reply. My idea for sharing the recipe was to say exactly how I made it, my quantities of wholemeal flour, less sugar etc. and of course at the end add a note that this recipe was inspired by yours. I’ve got my own photos, of course, and I can add a link to your original post.
        Let me know your thoughts 🙂
        Thanks
        Kasia

      2. Hi Kasia, I would be fine with that as long as you link to my blog before the recipe. An example is all of your text, this recipe was inspired from this Gluten Free Matcha Green Tea Banana Bread (make that title my recipe link) by Fearless Dining. Then add your recipe card. I have been working on SEO and having it before the recipe card is something that will help us both in search. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to see your photos and story behind this bread :-).

  4. This is so intriguing-the only matcha I’ve had was Matcha Kit Kats brought from Japan (just can’t recommend these) but I’m super interested in trying it again!

  5. How can you tell if the matcha powder is gf or not? I bought the Trader Joe’s Matcha Green Tea single serve packets and the ingredients just says “matcha green tea powder”. Wouldn’t this be gf since matcha green tea is naturally gluten free?

    1. Hi Liz, you will need to really read the ingredients on the Trader Joe’s packets. Their matcha canister product has wheat listed on the ingredients label. I haven’t seen the single serve matcha packets at our Trader Joe’s, so I am not sure which product you are looking at. If it doesn’t say wheat like their other matcha product, you are probably fine.

  6. This is the first time I am seeing this recipe and it seems so appetizing! Thanks for the excellent idea, Sandi!

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