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.
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 enough to get a few big bags of Starbucks Tazo matcha green tea powder. You can also find matcha green tea powder via Amazon.
(*Note, 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 are using pure matcha without a sweetener added, add 2 tablespoons of sugar to your recipe. You may also want to use less matcha powder if you are using straight culinary matcha!)
(*Note, the matcha blend I use is not straight matcha, if you plan to use straight 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:
- Place your unripened bananas on a
cookie sheetand bake at 300 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
- 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.
This is one of my favorite gluten-free flour blends for cookies, cakes, pie crust, biscuits, and muffins! (Do not use this flour blend for yeast recipes.)
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 ...
You may also love this Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe!
If matcha powder isn't your thing, or if you don't want the caffeine, feel free to omit the matcha green tea powder.
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.
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 ½ cup of the gluten free flour blend instead of the almond flour.
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
- 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 tablespoon 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
- 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.
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.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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My banana bread was really mushy and wet inside after it’s cooked. It took about an hour for it to cook through. The taste is excellent. I would appreciate any help regarding this, thank you. I did omit the xanthancgum since I cannot tolerate it.
I haven't heard of this happening. Which gluten free flour blend did you use? They all very in starch content. Thank you
I used Bob’s red mill GF all purpose flour, the one with the bean flours.
Hi Evie, That flour is not good for baking desserts. It is best used for savory things like fried chicken. The bean flours are very dense and don't absorb moisture the same. I would recommend your trying Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF Flour Blend or King Aruthur GF Measure for Measure.
Wow! 3 tbsp of matcha strikes me as a lot. Does the flavor of the matcha actually come through, or is it mostly for coloring/appearance? Is there a NON gluten-free variety of this?
Hi Alice, the flavor of matcha does come through nicely. If you note in my recipe, I use a Tazo blend so if using straight matcha, you may want to try 2 tablespoons.
I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 and it took me an hour to cook- the same thing happened to me as it did to Evie, even with using the 1:1. However, once I got it cooked all the way through, it’s excellent!
Hi Lisa, that is interesting. Can I ask what size loaf pan you used?
What an awesome take on Banana bread! Sounds awesome.
Thank you so much Heidy...I love the extra kick from the matcha 🙂
I have been obsessed with matcha lately, and this bread looks amazing!
Oooh, I would love to know what you are making with matcha Jessica 😉
Wow! Thisi s such a fun idea! I was thinking it would be perfect for Halloween (thinking of the Incredible Hulk) but I totally love the Suessical poem! I had to go back and read it again! Darling!
LOL I like how you think Beth 🙂