Gluten-free pear & banana loaf

Gluten-free Pear & Banana Loaf | A Dash of Compassion

I’m pretty excited for today. It’s the first day of the annual Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival, and I’m just about to head down to Harbourfront to check out all the new products, eat delicious food and catch up with friends. Thankfully it’s a beautiful day in the city—the sun is shining and everyone is out and about for the weekend.

If you’re in town, be sure to stop by and check out the festivities. We’ve got some amazing speakers and demos lined up, including Roberto Martin, Allyson Kramer, Michael Greger and Heather Nicholds, just to name a few, as well as a Q&A with the director of The Ghosts In Our Machine (an incredible documentary, if you haven’t seen it yet).

Gluten-free Pear & Banana Loaf | A Dash of Compassion

This doesn’t have anything at all to do with this pear and banana loaf, but I have been up to my elbows in pears this week. You see, I came home with a huge bag of cute little Forelle pears from a colleague’s tree, and so far I’ve made a pear crousade, a fall-inspired crumble and this amazing loaf. Yep, I’ve been a busy girl.

Gluten-free Pear & Banana Loaf | A Dash of Compassion

As you’ll see from the ingredients list, this loaf is humble yet wholesome. It is bursting with fruit flavours and chunks of soft pears, and also makes use of one of my favourite gluten-free flour combinations: chickpea, oat and almond. Oh, and it’s oil-free, too.

I paired the loaf slices with some homemade blueberry jam, the recipe of which will appear in Dreena Burton’s next cookbook. I get the pleasure of working with Dreena once again and have been busy photographing all the recipes for this new book (and from what I’ve seen so far, I think it’s going to be another masterpiece!). To find out about her family-friendly recipes, check out my review of her latest ebook.


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Gluten-free pear & banana loaf

Yield: 1 loaf


  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (see note)
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 cups peeled and chopped ripe pears, divided (about 2 medium)
  • 3/4 cup sliced ripe banana (about 1 medium)
  • 6 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper so it hangs over the sides of the pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, oat flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a food processor, process 3/4 cup chopped pear with the banana, maple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Fold in the remaining 3/4 cup chopped pear.
  4. Use a spatula to pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing.

Note: Be sure to purchase certified gluten-free oat flour if you are sensitive to oats.



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18 Responses to “Gluten-free pear & banana loaf”

  1. Heathy — September 6, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    Yumm this looks so good Nicole! Wish I could be there for the festival!!!

    • Nicole — September 9, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

      Thanks, Heathy! Wish you could have been here too. Maybe next year? :)

  2. Cadry — September 7, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    I’ve been looking for something gluten-free to share at a picnic next week. This is just the thing! The bread looks so moist and light. I love the idea of biting into sweet chunks of pear in it.

    • Nicole — September 9, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Cadry! Hope you enjoy it :)

  3. The Peace Patch — September 8, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    Perfect combination with blueberry jam! I always look forward to pear season because I love them (especially Comice), and they inspire me for the start of baking season. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Nicole — September 9, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

      I always look forward to pear season too. They’re pretty delicious. Happy baking!

  4. Robyn — September 9, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

    Hi, I am not gluten intolerant ( as tests have concluded ) but I do have an intolerance to wheat – so leaving gluten out of my diet seems to have helped me a lot – just wondering – could this recipe be made from just gluten free flour instead of the others flours ?

    • Nicole — September 10, 2013 @ 10:06 am

      The flours I’ve used in this recipe are all gluten-free :)

  5. Karen — October 6, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    Your recipes look so good, but I cannot have oat flour. Any suggestions for a substitute that would still make the breads and muffins turn out?

    • sara — October 6, 2013 @ 7:31 am

      I have read somewhere that you can make oat flour with rolled oats and a food processor.
      I haven’t tried it yet but it does make sense, doesn’t it ?

    • Nicole — October 7, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

      Karen – You could try substituting with another gluten-free flour like brown rice, or equal parts chickpea and almond meal.

      Sara – Yes, you can! I used storebought oat flour but homemade will work too.

  6. Kalabrillo — January 13, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    nice recipe! by the way, be careful about oat flour and gluten free. oat contains a little amount of gluten and it couldn’t be tolerated by who soffers of coeliac disease.

    • Kalabrillo — January 13, 2014 @ 8:32 am

      I may suggest to replace oat with buckwheat flour that is gluten free for sure :) !

    • Nicole — January 13, 2014 @ 9:27 am

      Thanks for the suggestion! Oats are naturally gluten-free but are sometimes contaminated during processing. I should note to purchase certified gluten-free oats for those who are sensitive. :)

  7. Alla — February 22, 2015 @ 5:56 am

    Tried this recipe today…do not know what went wrong but it refused to bake – took me 3 hours, cut in quarters, baking further, checking, cut into small pieces, baking further, checking, turning pieces up side down, baking further…giving up)…taste good in outside but still not ready inside…

    • Nicole — February 22, 2015 @ 9:38 am

      I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you, Alla. I’ve made it many times and the recipe does work (see photos). First, I’m wondering if your oven temperature is accurate. Do you ever test it using an oven thermometer? Many ovens are inaccurate and change over time, and that would affect the baking time. Also, is it possible you forgot to add the baking soda and baking powder, or did you make any substitutions? Those changes would also affect how it bakes.

  8. Amelia — May 24, 2020 @ 1:13 pm

    Do you think I could add more oat flour to substitute for almond flour?

    • Nicole — May 25, 2020 @ 9:38 am

      No, sorry! Oat and almond flour have completely different properties, so subbing them won’t work in this recipe.

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