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Almond Flour Banana Cake (Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly)

Almond Flour Banana Cake – This easy gluten-free banana cake with chocolate ganache is the perfect way to use up overripe bananas! (Healthy, paleo friendly, and absolutely amazing!)

Front view of a fork taking a bite out of a slice of almond flour banana cake on a white plate

My kids go through phases with bananas. They’re either ALL ABOUT THEM and eat through a giant bunch in just a few days, or they’re SUPER NOT into them, and the entire bunch gets spotty. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground.

I have no idea why it works this way, but I *do* know that I never seem to guess which phase they’re in correctly (ha!)

Thankfully, when I get it wrong and we end up with too many ripe bananas on hand, I’m ready for them! I have lots of ways to use spotty bananas, from banana muffins to blender pancakes, banana ice cream to chai banana smoothies and more.

And for the last few years, I’ve had this gorgeous almond flour banana cake in my ripe banana recipe arsenal. You’ll probably want to add it to yours, too.

With a light fluffy texture, no added oil, and a delicious chocolate ganache on top, this gluten-free banana cake has been a BIG time favorite at our house and many of yours, too. It’s been a favorite for smash cakes, afternoon teas, rainy days, and all kinds of celebrations big and small.

I love that it can be mixed up in a food processor or blender, requires minimal dishes, and comes together in a flash. (Plus, did I mention the chocolate ganache? Because THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE.)

Here’s all you need to make our almond flour banana cake…

Overhead view of a bowl of chocolate ganache
overhead view of an offset spatula spreading chocolate ganache on an almond flour banana cake

Here’s What You Need For Our Gluten-Free Banana Cake:

Ripe Bananas. Spotty, ripe bananas are the base of this gluten-free banana cake. Not only do they help create our moist, tender texture, they add natural sweetness to the recipe, which means we can add less sweetener to the cake later. Woot!

Eggs. Eggs help bind this mixture together and give a little puff to the cake.

Pure Maple Syrup. Our almond flour banana cake doesn’t need a lot of extra sweetening, so you’ll just need 3 tablespoons(!!!) of pure maple syrup. Easy-peasy.

Vanilla (+Almond Extract, If You Want). To round out the sweet flavors, I like to add a splash of vanilla and a little tiny bit of almond extract. If you’re not an almond extract fan, feel free to skip it. (I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea!)

Almond Flour + Arrowroot. For the dry ingredients, I use a combination of almond flour and arrowroot. The almond flour keeps this moist and delicious, while the arrowroot adds just enough starch to keep it from being too heavy and dense. Such a great combination!

Baking Powder + Baking Soda + Salt. Then, you’ll round out the dry ingredients with some baking powder, baking soda, and salt to help the cake rise and balance the flavors.

Chocolate Chips + Your Favorite Milk. Lastly, for our ganache, you’ll melt together some chocolate chips and whatever milk your family drinks and enjoys. We’re dairy-free, so we usually use almond milk. Use what you like!

Front view of a slice of almond flour banana cake with chocolate ganache on a white plate

What Makes This Gluten-Free Banana Cake Recipe So Amazing:

First, it’s secretly pretty healthy! I didn’t set out to make a “healthy” banana cake, just a banana cake that used almond flour. I experimented a bit and found that this combination was just right for me. Turns out that the cake itself doesn’t have any added oil, and there is only 3 Tbsp of pure maple syrup in the cake. Plus, almond flour is pretty nutrient dense (it’s literally just ground almonds) and definitely has more going for it nutritionally than white flour or gluten free baking flour. The ganache will add some sugar and a tiny bit of oil, but the cake itself? Pretty healthy!

Second, it only needs one “bowl and one saucepan! I love a recipe that doesn’t use 10,000 extra dishes and this totally fits the bill. Why? Well, the almond flour banana cake is made in my blender or food processor which makes it a one-“bowl” cake. (If you don’t have one, you can use a stand mixer or hand mixer for the job, just know that the smoother you’re able to blend your bananas, the better the texture of this cake.) Then, the ganache is made in a single saucepan or microwave safe bowl. There’s not a lot of switching between bowls, adding a sifter, or any fancy tools needed.

Lastly: CHOCOLATE GANACHE. There are few things I love more in life than a good chocolate ganache, and since chocolate and bananas are already best friends, it’s one of my favorite ways to finish my gluten-free banana cake! It’s pretty, it’s super chocolatey, and it’s *really* easy to make. Again, no fancy skills required! You’ll simply melt some chocolate chips with a little milk to loosen it up, pour it all over the cake, let it set, and you’re done!

Close up Front view of a slice of almond flour banana cake on a white plate with a bite taken out of it

MIX IT UP! Try One Of These Tasty Variations On Our Almond Flour Banana Cake:

Add Chocolate Chips. Skip the ganache on top and add 3/4-1 cup chocolate chips to the batter, reserving about 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips for sprinkling on top right before baking.

Add Nuts. If you love nuts with bananas, try mixing in chopped walnuts or pecans into your gluten-free banana cake. It can be delicious!

Swap The Ganache For Frosting. If you’re in the mood for frosting or are making this as cupcakes, you can certainly skip our ganache and add frosting to your banana cake. Try one of these:

Front view of a slice of almond flour banana cake on a white plate with a bite taken out of it


AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ALMOND FLOUR. Almond flour varies a LOT in texture and consistency. Some brands have a much coarser grind than others. I recommend using a very finely ground blanched almond flour for this banana cake recipe, like Honeyville or Wellbee’s, etc.I get the best price for almond flour at Costco, where I can get 3 lbs. for around $10 vs 1 lb. for $8-10 at most grocery stores. Amazon is another great place to look. I do not recommend almond meal, which is coarsely ground and includes the almond skins for this recipe. It won’t rise as much and will have a gritty texture and mottled color.

CAN I USE SOMETHING BESIDES ALMOND FLOUR? Not for this cake recipe, I’m sorry! All the ingredients in our gluten-free banana cake were calculated and measured to accommodate almond flour. I’ve found that trying to sub in gluten-free all-purpose flour doesn’t give the same results here.

CAN I TURN THEM INTO CUPCAKES? This paleo banana cake recipe can also be made into gluten-free banana cupcakes. Just divide the batter into 12 muffin cups (I love this nonstick muffin pan that doesn’t even need liners), and bake for 17-20 minutes instead of the 30-35 minutes an 8×8 cake requires.

BE SURE TO SET YOUR TIMER! Almond flour turns a lovely golden color in the oven, but it can also burn if you’re not watching. Just be sure to set a timer, and you’ll be in great shape!

PALEO NOTES: For strictly paleo folks, you’ll need to use paleo-approved/grain-free baking powder. You can make your own out of baking soda, cream of tartar, and arrowroot. You may also appreciate using a more paleo-friendly chocolate option in your ganache like these which are naturally-sweetened, vegan, and gluten-free.

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Front view of a fork taking a bite out of a slice of almond flour banana cake on a white plate

Almond Flour Banana Cake

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 (8×8″) cake – (1216 pieces) 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Almond Flour Banana Cake – This easy paleo banana cake with chocolate ganache is the perfect way to use up overripe bananas! Gluten free, paleo friendly and totally delicious. 




  • 3 medium ripe bananas (or 2 large)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot (can sub cornstarch)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8″ or 9×9″ baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor or blender combine bananas, eggs, syrup, vanilla, and almond extract. Blend until smooth (you want the bananas very smooth for this cake).
  3. Scrape down the sides of the food processor and add the dry ingredients–almond flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Pulse until just combined.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the food processor again, then pour the batter into your prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30-35 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs.
  6. Let the cake cool completely before adding the chocolate ganache. (You can put it in the refrigerator to speed up this process, if desired.)


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and milk. Microwave the chocolate in 20-30 second increments, stopping to stir the chocolate thoroughly between increments, until the ganache is completely smooth. (This will likely only take you 2-3 increments. Don’t let it burn!)
  2. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate and milk together over low heat in a saucepan on the stove.
  3. Pour the ganache over your cooled banana cake and use a spatula (an offset icing spatula works best) to spread the chocolate ganache evenly over the cake.
  4. Place the cake in the refrigerator to allow the ganache to set.
  5. Slice the cake into 12-16 slices and enjoy!


Turn them into cupcakes! This recipe can also be made into cupcakes. Just divide the batter into 12 muffin cups (I love this nonstick muffin pan that doesn’t even need liners), and bake for 17-20 minutes or so instead of the 30-35 minutes an 8×8 cake requires.

Paleo friends – For strictly paleo folks, you’ll need to use paleo-approved/grain-free baking powder. You can make your own out of baking soda, cream of tartar, and arrowroot.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: banana cake, almond flour, paleo banana cake, gluten free banana cake, almond flour banana cake, almond flour cake, chocolate ganache



  1. This recipe turned out so well! The cake was moist and had good banana flavor. Will definitely make again!

  2. This was so good! I took some liberties- made it into a layer cake with a pineapple filling and a mango banana buttercream. Tropical paradise! The perfect amount of density and not too sweet to balance out the sweetness of the icing.

  3. OMG!!!I absolutely LOVED this cake!!It was so quick and easy to make and it came out all airy and fluffy, delicious!!I couldn’t make the ganache because I didn’t have any chocolate and I had to give 4 very ripe bananas a purpose😀. It was gorgeous all the same!I can’t wait to make it with the ganache next time!Thank you so much for sharing!!

  4. My 14 y.o. daughter made this cake and it was absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe we’ll be definitely be trying your other recipes.

  5. Just tried making this and it didn’t turn out as in the video. Mine was very dry it didn’t pour out I had to scrape it into the tin. 2 1/2 cups of flour and 1/2 cup of arrowroot to 3 eggs doesn’t seem right. Just hope it cooks OK.

    1. Meric – I hope it turned out for you! (Sometimes, if it takes a minute before I transfer the batter to the pan, the baking soda & baking powder start working and the batter seems thicker and puffier.)

  6. Delicious easy recipe! Thankyou! Just to let you know I did this in an 8 inch round tin and it worked perfectly.

  7. This recipe was AMAZING! I did not expect to enjoy this cake but I did! I am definitely make it again…and again…and again.

  8. EVERYONE in our home LOVES, LOVES LOVES. I do them in muffin tins so no one takes extra and end up arguing over them. Also I don’t add the topping making them that little bit healthier and nobody missed the chocolate. Everyone who I’ve made or has tried this recipe for themselves have said how YUMMY it is.

    1. YESSSS! It’s always such a hit when EVERYONE at home loves them! Thank you so much for leaving a review. I appreciate you so much!

  9. Hello

    This looks delicious and I’m so intrigued as there’s not butter/oil! I’m planning to make it tomorrow. Can you tell me if you’re using normal oven or fan-forced oven in the recipe? Thank you!

    1. JJ – We LOVE this yummy cake! I have a regular oven. If you’re cooking it in a convection/fan-forced oven, you’d probably need to adjust the baking time. Hope you love it!

  10. This cake turned out dry and undesirable. It definitely needs some kind of fat added to the mix – butter, coconut/other oil. I appreciate the general idea a lot, though.

  11. I’m not sure what has happened!!! It’s in the oven but has spilled all over the oven. Followed the recipe to a “t” and have used an 8″X8″ pan. The pan was full so wondered what was going to happen. I was really excited about seeing what this cake was going to turn out like…I will be scared to try it again.

    1. Oh, that’s awful! I’m sorry. I’ve never had that problem before. This cake doesn’t even rise all the way up the sides of my pan when I make it. I wonder if your bananas were extra big or if perhaps a measurement was accidentally mixed up? (I know you said you followed the recipe to a “t”) I’m sorry this happened to you.

  12. Yes this was a great cake! Was because I made it tonight and it’s gone! Everyone in my family loved it. Thank you for sharing a easy, healthy and tasty cake recipe.

    1. I’m so glad it was a winner for you! We absolutely LOVE this cake! (Thank you for taking the time to leave a review–it’s so helpful!)

  13. I love this recipe so much!!! I’ve added chocolate chips before and I’ve added strawberry extract with a cream cheese icing. It is such an amazing tasting cake!!

  14. I made this with corn starch instead of arrowroot, but followed everything else as written. Used a 8” round pan instead of square so had a bit of batter left for cupcakes. So glad I tasted them before serving to guests. Had a horrible bitter aftertaste. Don’t want to waste any chocolate making the ganache and doubt it will help. So very disappointed.

    1. Sue – I’m so sorry you had a bad experience. I’d love to help! I was so concerned I made a cake this afternoon with cornstarch, and tasted it with and without the ganache and honestly I can’t detect even the tiniest bit of bitterness. I’m so sorry you did! Here are a few thoughts:
      – Are you *sure* you used fresh almond flour, baking powder, and baking soda? If they’re stale or rancid, they can sometimes run bitter or have an off taste. (Almond flour especially is delicate when it comes to freshness.)
      – Did you use the optional almond extract or leave it out? Some folks don’t love almond extract, so there’s a chance that was the issue.
      Regardless, I’m so sorry this wasn’t a winner for you. It’s one of our favorites!

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