Sweetened with ripe bananas and made with almond flour, this Gluten Free Carrot Bread is a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack! Each slice is studded with shredded carrots and chopped walnuts that provide a boost of flavor and nutrition.
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Mmmmm… Oh, hello there! I was busy eating my third piece of carrot banana breakfast bread. And let me tell you, we have a winner!
Besides my Spiced Oat and Butternut Squash Muffins, this may be my favorite recipe to pair with a morning cup of coffee. It tastes PHENOMENAL with a schmear of nut butter. So be sure to bulk it up with some almond, peanut, or cashew butter for a filling breakfast or snack.
In just one loaf of this gluten free carrot bread, you get some veggies, some fruit, and a whole lot of flavor. The naturally sweet carrots complement the mashed bananas, and a touch of maple syrup brings it all together. It’s not overly sweet, though…it’s just right!
How to Make Gluten Free Carrot Bread
- Mash some ripe bananas in a bowl.
- Add the eggs, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and shredded carrots.
- Whisk it all together.
- Add the dry ingredients (almond flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, and sea salt). Stir some more.
- Fold in the chopped walnuts.
- Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan.
Easy, peasy. And if you buy pre-shredded carrots for this recipe, it’s even easier!
Expert Tips for Making Perfect Carrot Bread
- Be sure to use ripe bananas. The riper they are, the sweeter the bread will taste.
- Measure out 2 tbsp of coconut oil after you melt it. If you measure before melting, you may end up with too much. No one wants a soggy carrot loaf! The easiest ways to melt it are in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or in a small saucepan.
- Use a sharp knife or food processor to chop the walnuts. I prefer to use roughly chopped walnuts, but you can chop them into smaller pieces if you don’t want them to be as visible in the bread.
- You can use pre-shredded carrots or carrots that you grate by hand for gluten free carrot bread.
- Omit the walnuts to make this nut-free. Other possible additions include shredded coconut or mini chocolate chips, or pecans in place of walnuts!
- Serve carrot bread with a spread of nut butter, butter, or cream cheese.
- This recipe can also serve as a basis for other veggie breads! Instead of carrots, you can sub parsnips or even beets.
Storing and Freezing Carrot Bread
To freeze gluten free carrot bread, let it cool completely then wrap it with plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil. Place the wrapped bread in a large freezer bag, label it, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge before you plan to eat it.
So if you have a lot of ripe bananas on hand, pick up a bag of shredded carrots and make a few loaves to freeze for later. Future you will be very happy!
Carrot bread that’s not frozen can last for up to 5-6 days in an airtight container at room temp or in the fridge. Depending on the humidity of your kitchen, you may want to keep it in the fridge to make it last longer.
More Vegetable Breads and Muffins
For other similar breakfast options, check out:
- Zucchini Carrot Oat Muffins
- Sweet Potato Blueberry Flax Muffins
- Healthy Olive Oil Zucchini Bread
- Gluten Free Beet Waffles
- Spinach Banana Muffins
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Gluten Free Carrot Bread
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x5" loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the shredded carrots, eggs, melted coconut oil, vanilla, and syrup. Whisk until well combined. In a separate small bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and whisk until well combined. Fold in chopped walnuts.
- Pour batter in greased loaf pan. It should only be about halfway full. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan and slicing.
- Serve with nut butter, butter, or cream cheese. Enjoy!
- Measure out 2 tbsp of the coconut oil after you melt it. If you measure when it's solid, you may use too much (which can lead to a soggy loaf). You can melt it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or in a small saucepan on the stove.
- Store carrot bread in an airtight container at room temp or in the fridge for up to 5 days. It may last longer in the fridge.
- Freezing instructions: Let it cool completely then wrap in plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil. Place the wrapped loaf in a freezer bag and store for up to 3 months in the freezer. Let it thaw in the fridge before eating.
- Substitutions or additions: Omit the walnuts to make it nut-free. You can also fold in 1/4 cup of shredded coconut or 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips before baking. Shredded parsnips can be subbed for the carrots, and chopped pecans can be used in place of walnuts.
This recipe for Gluten Free Carrot Bread was originally published in 2018. It was updated with new photos and expert tips in January 2020.
Have a great weekend!