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Lemon Poppy Seed Banana Bread

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american


The tangy citrus flavor of lemon poppy seed, but with the moisture and natural sweetness of banana bread – this vegan gluten-free loaf is a delicious, glazed, best-of-both-worlds spring baking recipe!


  • 2 (180-200g) overripe bananas*
  • 1/2 cup (120g) lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup (100g) cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup (65g) Natural SunButter
  • 1 tsp lemon extract OR 2-3 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups (186g) gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup (112g) almond flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 23 tbsps lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Blend the bananas, lemon juice, lemon zest, cane sugar, SunButter, and lemon extract.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add wet to dry, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Fold in the poppy seeds.
  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan, and smooth the top.
  7. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes at 325°F. It should be very golden on top, and the center should bounce back when lightly pressed.
  8. Cool 30 minutes in the pan, then use parchment paper to gently remove from the pan and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before glazing.
  9. Whisk the lemon juice into the powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until you have a thick but drizzle-able glaze consistency.
  10. Glaze the cooled loaf, sliced, and enjoy.
  11. Keep leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week, or freeze (unglazed) for longer storage.


*You can substitute applesauce instead for a less pronounced banana flavor. If you are not vegan, you can use 1 1/2 banana and add 2 eggs.

Keywords: gluten free, oil free, healthy, baking, snack, banana, loaf, spring, one bowl