Grain-Free Banana Bread

Hi guys! Hope you’re having a happy Wednesday. 🙂 I’ve got an excellent grain-free banana bread recipe down at the bottom, but first, a couple of things about today:

1) did you know it’s the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls?

Mean Girls gif


2) let us rejoice that this meme is popping up all over the internets.

JT It's gonna be May


(You know you mentally sang that in your best Justin voice haha.)

It’s been a great week over here so far! While I admit that I’ve been little bit anxious about getting back into a regular teaching schedule, I’m appreciating the extra time at home and chance to fully explore and enjoy our new spot with my little sidekick. 

Smoothie date

(Three cheers for being able to wear genie pants everyday.)

Yesterday, we went out for a little beach picnic. We chased the waves, ate popcorn and drank juice on our picnic blanket, searched for seashells, and checked out the nearby shops.


There are so many fun and funky spots down by the beach, and LOTS of awesome restaurants. Despite the temptation to try them all, I’ve actually followed my plan for the week of planning, prepping and eating home-cooked meals. We’ve been enjoying the bountiful fresh produce, and I made a triple batch of amazeballs.

Grain-Free Banana Bread

I also made this grain-free banana walnut bread that I want to share with you.

grain-free low sugar banana bread

I typed out the recipe on my phone, and since it was very on the fly, I was thinking it would be good but maybe not quite blogworthy. Totally surprised myself with this one.

Grain-free banana bread

This grain-free banana bread is extremely moist, decadent and made the house smell amazing.

Grain free banana bread

It’s been a great snack, and Livi and I both love the bread crumbled onto plain yogurt with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey. 

Yogurt with grain free banana bread

Let me know if you give it a try!


Grain-Free Banana Bread



  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 heaping tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix all ingredients well
  3. Pour into greased loaf pan
  4. Place extra banana slices on top
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes


You could also give this banana bread recipe a try or this banana muffin recipe for pre-portioned goodness.

See ya in the morning with a new leg workout <3



How often do you make recipes on the fly? Do you like to follow a plan, or just see what happens?

Fave Mean Girls quote? 😉

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  1. China on April 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    “Four for you, Glen Coco. You go, Glen Coco!”

  2. brooke @ sweats & sweets on April 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    “Is butter a carb?” Ah, I love all Regina George quotes!

  3. Hannah on April 30, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    My cousins, sister, and I have regularly exclaimed “You go, Glen Coco!” for the last 10 years. 🙂

  4. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on April 30, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Ahh! Mean Girls is on MTV later 😉 It’s sad how excited I am about this. And how every time I think the original is on, but it’s the second one … there’s this huge moment of disappointment, haha. Happy Wednesday!

  5. Kami on April 30, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    As a huge Mean Girls fan, this article on E! News cracked me up. It’s worth a read.

  6. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 30, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I love anything banana bread. It looks quite tasty. And I’m definitely someone who likes to create my own edible masterpieces.

    Speaking of your risotto recipe, there was a NYC chef on Bethenny (talk show) today who made risotto with farro. Yum!

  7. Lindsey on April 30, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Totally fetch!

  8. Crystal on April 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    You can’t sit with us!

  9. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on April 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I don’t mind cooking on the fly, but baking is another story! Too many things that could go horribly wrong… 🙂

  10. Emily on April 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Quit trying to make fetch work! LOL! Love the genie pants! Are they white plum??

    • Fitnessista on April 30, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      they’re from italy 🙂 i got two pairs while i was there and love them so much

  11. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic on April 30, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Yogurt and banana bread parfait is a great idea! How fun that you live there now. I loved La Jolla and San Diego. Check out Lighthouse ice cream and South Beach grill in Ocean Beach. And I really loved The Hake near the cove! (I wrote about it on my blog:

  12. Coco on April 30, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    “I’m like, such a good friend” -Gretchen Wieners

  13. Amie on April 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Where did you get the cushion for Livs wagon? Love it! Want one!!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2014 at 1:51 am

      it’s an outdoor bench cushion from world market 🙂 it’s the perfect size!

      • Amie on May 3, 2014 at 9:24 pm

        Thanks, I’m going to get one!!

  14. Foodandfarm on April 30, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Ditto to wagon cushion! And where does one find coconut sugar?!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2014 at 1:50 am

      it’s just an outdoor seat cushion from world market. trader joes has coconut sugar!

  15. Chicago Jogger on April 30, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    That bread looks super tasty! I’m about 30% on the fly, the rest recipe. Though I tend to modify recipes most of the time 🙂 Why not!

  16. Jyl on April 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Is there a way to incorporate oat flour or a different flour with the almond flour be I feel the almond flour has just way too much fat/calories per serving. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2014 at 1:50 am

      i’m thinking oat flour would work well! let me know if you try it 🙂

  17. RachelG on April 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    You go, Glen Coco! Tina Fey is a genius. 🙂

  18. Becky @ Goodness Grapevine on April 30, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Looks tasty! I’ll have to give it a shot. Curious to know if it pops out of the pan ok?

  19. Maureen on April 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Is butter a carb?

    Love that movie! And I love your genie pants. I love to cook but I’m terrible at making recipes. Great at following though, I’m just not creative that way.

  20. Jackie on April 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve gotta get more almond meal to whip that up!

  21. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on April 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Oh my goodness I’m always cooking on the fly. It’s so much fun! I posted a banana bread recipe low calorie yesterday. Banana bread must be on everyone’s minds!

  22. Jackie Fo on April 30, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Yup, I completely sang that in the best Justin Timberlake voice in my mind… hilarious!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2014 at 1:49 am


  23. kyla on April 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    “Oh hell no, I did not leave the south side for this!”

  24. kyla on April 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    or another favorite, “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!”

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2014 at 1:49 am

      haha! YES

  25. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on May 1, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since Mean Girls was released! I remember buying the DVD when it was first out! lol

    And yes, I’ve been seeing that JT meme everywhere!

  26. Lynora on May 1, 2014 at 12:14 am

    When you make a large batch of amazeballs do you freeze them or do you find they last? I make them weekly but would love to make them in bigger batches.

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2014 at 1:49 am

      i keep them in the fridge. they usually last a week no problem 🙂

  27. GiGi Eats on May 1, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Those Genie Pants look great on you! I would look like an idiot if I tried to rock them! LOL!

  28. Jenna Zoe on May 1, 2014 at 4:52 am

    “I cant go to Taco Bell, I’m on an ALL CARB DIET!!” amazing.

  29. Runner Girl Eats on May 1, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Oh I just loveeeee Mean Girls. So many great quotes. You don’t even go here! haha love. You and Liv look so Cali in that pic! Those pants are perfect.

  30. emma @ be mom strong on May 1, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Yum… bread looks amazing and when did that cutie become a teenager?! She looks so trendy and mature!

    Gina (shameless plug) but I’m selling Be Mom Strong shirts for my good friend’s 4 yr old son that was just diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. You can see the details on my site below, but if you could help spread the word to all your fab mama followers I would be forever grateful!

  31. Brynn on May 1, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Anything by Regina George is epic. Such a great movie!

    That bread crumbled in the yogurt looks amazing!!

  32. Meaghan on May 1, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Can I sub out coconut sugar with something else? I don’t have any on hand. Looks yummy!

  33. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 1, 2014 at 9:55 am

    “She doesn’t even go here.” haha I love Mean Girls, although it being ten years old makes me feel extremely old.

    That banana bread looks delicious!

  34. Becky@TheSavedRunner on May 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

    That bread looks fantastic! I love the banana slices on top!

  35. Alex @ Kenzie Life on May 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

    “She doesn’t even go to this school!”

  36. Shelly on May 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I’ve been looking for a recipe so that I can do something with the sad bananas on my counter. The slices on top of yours sold me I will definitely be giving this recipe a try! Thx for sharing.

  37. Victoria on May 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Really cute pic of you and your little girl

  38. Carrie on May 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

    “Someone wrote in that book that I’m lying about being a virgin because I use super jumbo tampons. But I can’t help it if I have a heavy flow and a wide-set vagina.”

    “Yeah, I can’t do this.”

  39. Tracy on May 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I bet that made the house smell amazing! Yum!

    Definitely take your own advice and enjoy your schedule-free time. The schedule will fill before you know it!!

  40. kate on May 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Perfect timing. No groceries in the house yet but I did have all these ingredients on hand. The kids will be pleasantly surprised when they get home from school.

    I didn’t even use a bowl. Mashed the bananas and eggs together in the food processors and then added in everything else. Easy mix up and clean up. Thanks!

  41. Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} on May 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    LOVING the banana recipe, will be made asap after the bananas brown a bit! I can’t believe it has been 10 years already! I feel like it was just yesterday when I was watching it in the theater with my girlfriends!

  42. Emily S on May 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    What other alternatives would work besides almond meal and would you have to change the amount at all?

  43. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on May 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I wish I had the ability to just jot a recipe down – I wouldn’t know where to begin with measurements. I can with regular cooking, but baking, no way!

  44. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on May 2, 2014 at 12:01 am

    This sounds like a fun alternative to my usual banana bread. Plus, I still have an unopened bag of almond meal that I keep meaning to use somehow and never do.

  45. Lucie@FitSwissChick on May 2, 2014 at 3:23 am

    We’re getting warm temps over here too, so nice!!
    The banana bread looks amazing. Pinned it and try it!!

  46. Emily on May 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Quick q: would flax eggs work for this recipe?

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2014 at 12:41 am

      i think it would be a little dry. maybe add some applesauce too? i would hate to tell you without trying it since the ingredients are more expensive. let me play around with it a little!

  47. Lauren on May 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Gina!

    I made your banana bread recipe! It’s delicious!! But very crumbly. It doesn’t make slices, was this the same consistency you had?

    Thanks!! 🙂

  48. Sarah on May 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Great recipe! I couldn’t find coconut sugar so I subbed “normal” sugar in…probably a bit less healthy but it’s good 🙂

  49. RTK on June 3, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Can you use coconut milk instead of almond milk? I’m not a fan of almond milk at all and the flavor comes through everything

  50. Kate on March 20, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    I just made this bread yesterday. Baked it for 40 mins, still SUPER runny in the centre, baked it for another 20 then let it cool and still was quite sticky in the middle, had to actually try and put it back into the over once it was cooled (which we all know is a no-no in baking) but had no choice as it was still uncooked after a full hour in the over. I however, couldn’t really put the bread in any longer as it was starting to burn on the edges. Does anyone have any tips for this??

    • Fitnessista on March 20, 2019 at 11:35 pm

      hmmm did you change anything in the recipe??

      • Kate on March 21, 2019 at 1:24 am

        I didn’t change a thing! Followed it ingredient for ingredient!

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