Gluten-Free Banana, Coconut and Lemon Loaf

Serves: Makes 1 loaf, enough for 8-10 serves
Prep: 5-10 minutes
Cooks In: 1 hour

Gluten-Free Banana, Coconut and Lemon Loaf

This is one seriously delicious Gluten-Free Banana, Coconut and Lemon Loaf that everyone will love! It’s so easy to make – simply mash the bananas and mix all of the ingredients together, that’s it.

You’ll find this is the perfect recipe for the kids to make – and I’ve included a video with tips and tricks to help you re-create this at home. This loaf is sweetened with banana and honey, with no refined sugar added, making it a great healthy lunch box idea! To receive my Healthy Food Channel videos and recipes direct to your inbox, subscribe here. 



Print Recipe

  • coconut oil or butter ½ cup
  • honey ½ cup
  • bananas 3 large ripe, mashed
  • desiccated coconut 2 cups
  • flour 1 cup (e.g. plain, wholemeal, or gluten-free or buckwheat flour, or ground almonds to make GF)
  • baking soda 1 teaspoon (check it is gluten-free if required)
  • free-range eggs 4
  • lemons 2, zested
  • salt one pinch


Preheat oven to 180 degC/355 Fahrenheit.

  1. Gently melt honey and coconut oil/butter together in a small pot.
  1. Use a fork to mix mashed bananas, coconut, flour, baking soda, honey mixture, eggs, lemon zest and salt together in a large mixing bowl until just combined, but be careful not to over-mix.
  1. Pour into a greased and lined loaf tin and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

The loaf will keep (unsliced) in an airtight container for up to 5 days. It also freezes well. A slice of this is delicious warmed up and spread with a little butter!

Nutritional Information Per Serving
32.0 g
17.8 g
Total Fat
25.4 g
5.7 g


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  • Sarah Kitchen

    Is it baking powder or baking soda?? In the video Nadia says baking soda but recipe instructions say baking powder! I hope it’s baking powder because I have just made it with powder not soda!!

  • Hi Sarah, good spotting. Yes it’s baking powder! But baking soda
    would work too (the top would just go browner). Either style of coconut is fine too 🙂

  • Karen Coghlan

    Could you use almond meal or coconut flour?

    • Rebecca Tompsett

      Yes, because it is not gluten free with normal flour.

      • Karen Coghlan

        Yes but are they similar to buckwheat or will it change texture/consistency/how well it cooks?

        • Nadia Lim

          Hi Karen, buckwheat flour is the best substitute for GF. I haven’t tried making this loaf with almond meal or coconut flour, i’m sure it would work, however it would make the loaf more dense. Thanks

        • Hi Karen, you could use almond meal or coconut flour, however the loaf will be more dense.

    • if you use coconut flour you will have to use less than the 1 cup stated, as coconut flour absorbs more liquid than other flours. I haven’t tried it with coconut flour yet, but at a guess I’d say use 3/4 cup. You can directly substitute almond meal though

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  • Angela Cameron

    Hi Nadia. What sort of flour could be used to make it gluten free please?

    • Nadia Lim

      Hi Angela, use buckwheat flour and GF baking powder to make this GF 🙂

    • Hi Angela, use buckwheat flour and GF baking powder to make this GF 🙂

    • buckwheat flour is gluten-free, or almond meal. You could also use standard gluten-free flour

  • Stacey Kearins

    Could you take out the coconut, if so would you add more flour?

    • If you took out the coconut, I’d replace it with ground almonds

  • Maria Best

    Hi Nadia – do you know how much butter 1/2 cup would be in grams – is it about 100g? Thank you.

    • Hi Maria, yes you’re right – it’s about 100g for 1/2 cup…or 110g to be precise 🙂

  • Denise Ives

    I made this with orange zest today and then used the rest of the oranges in a dairy free smoothie. That loaf is delicious!

    • Great idea with the orange zest – will give that a go myself!
      Thanks for posting a pic – it looks very moist and yummy!

  • Kamilla

    Got the newsletter this afternoon and just had to make it. I made with coconut oil. It is delicious. It was enough for two cakes actually as I only have one baking tray the second one is in the oven now. It’s very light I love it thank you

    • Fabulous! Thanks for the feedback. Awesome you got two loaves out of it! 🙂

  • Khylie

    Oh my gosh i loved the banana loaf! Very very yummy got alot of my fb whanau asking for recipe and sharing my pxt told them to sign up to your web page for this fab Recipe and heaps more healthier alternatives!! Beautiful thank you

    • Thanks heaps Kylie, thats great to hear!

  • anj

    Hi Nadia, if I replaced lemon zest with cinnamon how much cinnamon would I use? Also would I still add the pinch of salt? Thanks

    • I would use about 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and yes still add the pinch of salt 🙂

  • Kristen

    Yum just make this and it made 2 loaves my kids loved it

    • Awesome! good for their lunch boxes 🙂

  • Helen Dudley

    We loved this in our house. Made it with butter first time, will give the coconut oil a go next time. Great to eat something sweet that is healthy!

    • It’s equally good with either 🙂

  • Li Ling Ho

    Hi Nadia, it’s first time I’ve used your site and tried one of the recipes. I skipped the honey, replaced the coconut oil/butter with rice bran oil, replaced lemon zest with cinnamon, and threw in just over 1/2 cup of blueberries. Yum, will definitely be making this loaf again : ) I really appreciate how you’ve created your recipes. A person can re-make the item at other times without necessarily looking at the recipe again – cooking off the top of the head ; ) P.s. I also tried your banana-mashing on board technique – indeed the fastest, easiest and most fun way to mash!

  • Sierra Devoto

    Just found you. Yay! And I made this bread on the spot. Super simple. I used a mix of sorghum and buckwheat flour and even though the buckwheatis a bit too overpowering for me, I learned that for next time I want to try coconut flour and sorghum instead. Other than that it was a beautiful loaf and it was just too easy. The hardest part was the waiting. I posted a version of your recipe on my FB page and gave you a shout out. Thanks. I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

    • Nadia Lim

      Thanks so much for your message Sierra. Yay, glad you found me! Great to hear you loved the loaf….here’s to lots more happy cooking! 🙂

  • Amanda

    Hi Nadia. I made your banana loaf today. I think it is delicious but my younger son does not like the coconut. What could I use as an alternative to coconut? Thanks

  • Kristene

    Hi Nadia, I really like the sound of this recipe but am a diabetic. If i put in less honey would i have to replace it with more coconut? Or what is an alternative. To make it suitable for me to eat, I would have to half the sugar content?

  • jeimmy orellana

    Hi Nadia! I have a quick question can I use rice flour? I believe it is gluten-free, also would any of the measurements change due to the texture of the flour? Thank you!

  • Pri sid

    nice one Nadia. it was easy recipe loved by all elders.

  • Katyemma 45

    Aaargggh I misread the recipe and only put 1 cup coconut in..will it still taste OK?

  • Katirna Morton

    Hi Nadia – I am new to gluten free baking and have self-raising gluten free flour – would that be suitable?

  • Sarah Lorraine Thomson

    Just made this loaf this morning – so good!! Thank you for the great recipe!!

  • Zora Nepia

    Hi Nadia, you use soy sauce a lot in your recipes.Can you please tell me which one you use thanx

  • sartre

    Hi Nadia. This had a fantastic flavour but my kids found the texture created by the dessicated coconut too dry and dense. Could soaking the coconut first make a difference? Thanks!

  • Karen Young

    Such a delicious loaf Nadia. I also add a couple of handfuls of chopped walnuts for extra goodness!

  • Ursula Mill

    Hi Nadia, if I wanted to leave out the honey (or reduce the amount), would I need to add more coconut oil/butter?

    • No, use the same amount of coconut oil/butter, and just reduce to 1/4 cup honey 🙂

    • Shontae Belk

      I substituted the honey with rice malt syrup to keep the sweetness but to lower the fructose if that helps 🙂

  • theninameister

    Why isn’t there a PRINT option?

    • you just have to go ‘File’ then ‘print’ as you normally would to print something and the recipe page will print out

  • theninameister

    Well, I don’t exactly know how to answer Nadia’s reply to my HOW TO PRINT question, but here is what happened. Yes, it teeny tiny print, about 7pt size I would estimate. Something is seriously wrong with this option.

    • Oh no, that’s weird..might have something to do with what browser is being used. I’ve let my web guy know and have asked him to put in a print button on the recipe pages, so hopefully that helps in the future 🙂

  • theninameister

    Thanks, Nadia! I printed it, then cut/pasted manually onto another sheet of paper and enlarged it on my printer to 160% so now I can read it! Looking forward to making it.

  • Erin Adams

    Hi Nadia is it possible to pop the mixture into muffin tins instead? And does that alter the cooking time at all? ?

    • Hi Erin, yep you could make this recipe into muffins! You would want to check the muffins after 15 minutes – if a skewer comes out clean, they’re done 🙂

  • Quyen Tran

    Hi Nadia,

    I followed the method and measured everything exactly! However the loaf didn’t rise 🙁

    I’ve made it before with success…. I don’t know what I did differently.

    Could over mixing the mixture or overheating the coconut/honey cause the loaf to not rise?


  • Baljit Bhuller

    Hi Nadia ..can i use coconut flour instead of desiccated coconut?Thank you

    • Hmm not really sorry – coconut flour is highly absorbent so you would have to change the whole recipe to make it work. Coconut flour is best reserved for recipes that were designed for coconut flour 🙂

  • Ali B

    Hi Nadia – the calorie count is shown as 373. Is that per slice and if so, what thickness of slice.

  • Grace Misich

    Hi Nadia, just been reading the recipe for the loaf with cranberries in it. Just wondered about cranberries as they have added sugar. Do you know or anyone know where to get cranberries that don’t have the added sugar. Thanks

    • Hi Grace, cranberries are so tart that sweetener needs to be added to balance their tartness. Huckleberry in Auckland do sell some that are sweetened with apple juice, but if you want to avoid sweetener all together your best option would be to buy some frozen and dry them out yourself in your oven 🙂

      • Grace Misich

        Thanks for that. Thought that would be the case.

  • Carolyn Pretorius

    I have made this a couple of times but decided to do it a bit different tonight and I added a lemon drizzle over the top so yummy!

    • Ooh great idea Carolyn! I might have to try that 🙂

  • Donna B

    Thank you Nadia, this is just what I was looking for!

  • Quyen Tran

    What sized loaf tin did you use?

  • Katrina Geddes

    can I use rice bran syrup to make it low fructose instead of honey?

  • Maraya Henderson

    This was the best banana bread that I have made. I made one with the lemon zest and one without. Everyone loved it! It was super moist which is hard to come by with the Gluten free recipes.

  • Allyson Duffy

    Not much left here already. I used really nicenoverripe bananas and cut the honey back to just under 1/4 cup and thisnworked really well. My kids love it!

  • Zeynep Yagci

    Could I use oat flour as the gluten free flour option? Or would it be better to use half oat flour half almond flour?