Gluten Free Banana & Pistachio Loaf

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This banana & pistachio loaf is gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free. It is so tasty and works great as a dessert or even as a weekend treat. It’s fun but simple to make meaning if you have any kids they would love making it!

It only uses 10 ingredients and you can always swap the pistachio for other nuts or even fruit.

The 2 ingredient coconut icing adds such a great flavour to the loaf but if you wish to eat the loaf warm then just eat it straight out the oven without the icing.

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It will last in the fridge for a couple days, that’s if you can make it last that long!!!

It is a very dense bread so just one slice is very satisfying and perfect for when entertaining family or friends.

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Gluten Free Banana & Pistachio Loaf

gluten free, vegan, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Optional Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 slices


  • 1 flax egg mix 1 tbsp of chia seeds with 3 tbsp water, for 10 mins until a gel forms
  • 260 g buckwheat flour (1 1/2 cups)
  • 160 g coconut flour (1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 50 g pistachios shelled (unsalted)
  • coconut oil
  • 1 400ml can coconut milk chilled in the fridge overnight you just want the fat from the top of the can
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • extra pistachios to top


  • Pre heat the oven to 180C
  • In a mixing bowl, make the chia egg by adding 1 tbsp of chia seeds with 3 tbsp water for 10 mins until a gel like substance forms
  • Whilst the chia egg is forming, shell the pistachios if you haven’t managed to buy them this way. Crush them with a rolling pin until they are into halves
  • Line a bread baking tin with baking paper greased with coconut oil
  • In a bowl mash 4 ripe bananas with a fork until there are no lumps
  • To the chia egg add the coconut flour, buckwheat flour, mashed bananas, cinnamon and maple syrup and mix with a spoon
  • Now add the pistachios and mix in well with your hands until a dough forms
  • Tightly press the dough into the baking tin and place in the oven for 20 mins
  • Whilst the bread is baking, add the coconut fat (top thick part of the coconut milk can) to a bowl and machine whisk until it starts becoming slightly frothy, at this point add 1 tbsp of maple syrup and whisk again
  • Add this mix to the fridge to use later
  • Once the bread is ready, remove from the baking tin and allow to cool fully before topping with the coconut icing (otherwise it melts) this roughly takes 60-90 minutes
  • Now remove the icing from the fridge and simply layer it onto the loaf and finally top with more pistachios


You can always try this with different nuts or without any if you have a nut allergy!

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  1. Hi James,

    Can Almond flour be used in place of buckwheat flour? Or is there another flour you would suggest? I also have a cup for cup gluten free flour blend.

    1. Hey Jennifer,

      I think almond flour would work, not sure how much it would affect the outcome though. Definitely worth giving it a try and please let me know how you get on 🙂



    1. Hi Jeni,

      Thank you for the question! You could give hand whisking a try, you may just need to leave it in the fridge longer and slightly whisk it again after.

      I wouldn’t advise doing it in a vitamix as it will become to smooth and runny.

      Give it a try and let me know how it goes 🙂



    1. Hey Myriam,

      Thank you for the comment!

      I haven’t tried it with either but I would suggest trying oat flour first. Give it a go and let me know in the comments how it goes 🙂



  2. Hey Lara,

    I am great thank you! I hope you’re doing ok?

    As for the eggs, I guess you could yeah, as for how many I wouldn’t have a clue as not used eggs in 4 or so years. Give it a try though and let me know how it goes 🙂


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