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Friendly Fridays – Avanti’s Nut Free Banana Bread

Friendly Fridays is a new segment that I have been thinking of adding to TKD for a long time now. It is a way for me to post the work of people I admire. These friends of mine may not have a platform of their own to share their stories and recipes so I am happy to host them. All my recipes are inspired and learnt from someone and I cannot say it enough times. It can be family, friends, cookbooks, internet etc. Our “friend” today is Avanti who is awesome and I have known her for last 10 years or so. Please welcome her and enjoy here Nut-free Banana Bread recipe.

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From Avanti:

“I am so honored to write for my friend Vaishali’s blog. This is my first time ever writing for a blog (I am super excited). I met Vaishali at Auburn, Alabama. She was the first graduate student I met at our department. I was inspired by her research and teaching skills, as well as by the tasty food she prepared. My respect for her is tremendous – especially how she managed on each and every front. Be it at grad school, being a wife and mother, all while cooking and baking yummy food. I love her! XOXO

A little background about myself. I am originally from Pune, a city in Maharashtra in India and I belong to a typical Marathi family. I love engineering, food and baking. My love for baking started very early. When I was a little child, my grandma used to bake cake in a pressure cooker, placed on a stove top. She would cover the bottom of the cooker with some sand to avoid excessive heating of the bottom of the cooker, to avoid burning and to provide a uniform heating contact surface for the cake pan). She would not add the pressure valve on the top, thus a small amount of hot air in the cooker could escape through the pressure nozzle. This contraption acted as a small convection oven. I loved these simple small vanilla cakes she baked.

When I was around eight years old my parents bought a small round shaped potable oven. This is when we would try some recipes my Mom had in her recipe book and mostly small Bundt cakes. Bundt is easy to bake since there is even heat transfer from outer surface area as well as the inner/ annular surface area. This is when I fell in love with baking. My parents always supported me and would help me bake.

Nut free banana bread with chocolate chips - made in a bundt pan

About the recipe:

When I came to US in 2006 as a student, I would initially bake cakes from premix boxes for my roommates. But after moving to Alabama, while waiting to start my grad school, I came across a Food Network recipe for Banana bread. I followed the steps and there was my first banana bread. Over a period of 8 years, I have baked several banana breads. Initially I would follow the recipe and make one or two loafs depending upon the availability of ripe bananas. One year I baked six loafs of small 5-inch trays and froze them, packed them nicely and sent them to India with my Father-in-law to share with some of our family members.

When I initially baked these banana breads I used walnuts, but then in 2012 my then one-year-old was diagnosed with tree nut allergies, and I did not make any banana bread for a year. Then one day came across an article that suggested switching chocolate chip for nut in the dessert recipes and it motivated me try chocolate chips as replacement for walnuts in banana nuts. It was in 2013 that she ate her first banana bread and she absolutely is in love with it since. Then last Christmas break she wanted to bake a big banana Bundt bread/cake. So, we set out looking for several recipes, we researched and wrote our own with some modifications and I am very happy to share it with you all.

I have tried this recipe in various different flour and sugar. I have replaced half of the flour with combination of whole wheat flour (Atta) and ground oats. Replaced half the white sugar with brown sugar and have found that It is foolproof. Very easy and fun to bake with your family members. I hope you enjoy it.”

A slice of Nut free banana bread with chocolate chips

Nut free banana bread with chocolate chips - made in a bundt pan
4.95 from 17 votes

Avanti’s Nut-free Banana Bread

A super-flavorful banana bread recipe that is nut free and has chocolate chips. Make the swaps suggested below to make it healthier without compromising on flavor.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Banana Bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8


  • 1 cup Oil/ Butter
  • 1.5 cup Sugar replace 0.75 cup white sugar with 0.5 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Eggs at room temperature
  • 3 -4 Bananas super ripe/ normal
  • 1.5 tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups All-purpose flour Feel free to use half whole wheat + ground oats
  • 1.5 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • A pinch Salt
  • ½ cup Chocolate chip or up to you


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C

  2. Mix your dry ingredients, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and whisk it all well to add aeration in the dry ingredients.
  3. Then take oil/ butter (use a stand mixer if you have one for butter) add sugar and whisk until all sugar is well mixed. Add one egg at a time, whisk until incorporated. Now add vanilla extract, whisk until incorporated.

  4. Mix in the bananas, as you know this will cause the mixture to curdle, that is okay.

  5. Now, add dry ingredients one third at a time, fold it in the liquid ingredients. Repeat until all dry ingredients are completely mixed in. Do not whisk at this point. Fold in the chocolate chips gently.

  6. Pour it in your Bundt pan, tap it to level and put it in the pre-heated oven for around 45 minutes. (See Note). Make sure that cake is completely baked using the tooth-pick test.

  7. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 10-minute. Then turn it over on a plate, cut and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You would need two big bowls, a whisk, one spatula, one 9.5 / 10-inch Bundt pan greased/ oil sprayed.

Time might vary for your oven, check every 3 to 5 minutes after 35 minutes

Hope you give Avanti’s banana bread a try. I have had it and it is amazing!

Love – Vaishali!

Tools Used:

Mixing Bowls: Whisk:

Bundt Pan:

Other recipes that you might like:
Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Chocolate Covered Banana Coins
Mocha Loaf Cake



  1. Monidipa Dutta

    September 28, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    5 stars
    It looks yummy like all other recipes of yours. I will try this too.

  2. Mikah

    September 28, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    5 stars
    Looks delicious! I saved it to try later; thank you!

  3. TessaG

    September 28, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Wow, looks really yummy. Interesting twist by making it in a bundt pan!

  4. Jessica Hughes

    September 28, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    I prefer my banana bread without nuts so this is a great recipe for me. I’ve never seen banana bread made in a bundt pan before, I really like that!

  5. Latte Lindsay

    September 29, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    5 stars
    This looks and sounds like a tasty recipe to try out. I’ll have to give it a go at some stage.

  6. Silvia Martinez

    September 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    5 stars
    It looks absolutely delicious, I love banana bread.

  7. Devyani Ray

    September 29, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    5 stars
    OH MY GOD. These need to get in my tummy now.

  8. Laura Dove

    September 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Oh I LOVE banana bread! It’s one of my favourite things to bake and definitely my favourite thing to eat!!

  9. David Elliott

    September 30, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    5 stars
    I think my daughter would love this because she is a fan of banana bread but really doesn’t like the nuts. And chocolate is always good with bananas. Will have to do this soon.

  10. Bestcapturedblog

    September 30, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Kristina @ Spirit of the soul

    October 1, 2018 at 12:49 am

    5 stars
    Banana bread is one of my favorites. Love tasting it when fresh from the oven.

  12. Jenn

    October 1, 2018 at 5:50 am

    5 stars
    This looks so very yummy! My kiddos love banana bread, but not nuts- this is the perfect alternative for them. It’s also safe for them to take to their friends houses who have nut allergies, so win, win!

  13. Talya

    October 1, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy! This recipe looks so great!! I love banana bread and my son loves it too, so anything he will get excited about cooking and eating is a winner in my book!!

  14. Lavanda Michelle Williams

    October 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    A little bit of Mocha loaf is all it takes. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    October 5, 2018 at 12:12 am

    5 stars
    We love banana bread and your recipe looks really delicious.

  16. Valarie Thomas

    October 16, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Oh my gosh this looks delicious. I love banana bread.

  17. maria

    October 16, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    5 stars
    I am excited to try this out at home. I just love anything with banana’s. From milkshakes to breads and cake.

  18. Luna S

    October 17, 2018 at 10:15 am

    My family and I love a good banana bread! It is so good plus it helps use up extra bananas so we don’t have to throw them out.

  19. Nina Nichols

    October 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    This looks so yummy! I don’t like nuts on my banana bread so I am always looking for banana bread recipes to try that’s nut-free. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  20. evelyn hernandez

    October 17, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    5 stars
    The banana bread recipe looks amazing. Great that is nut free for those with allergies.

  21. MAYSZ

    October 17, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Wow love this Banana Bread. Looks yummy and delicious <3

  22. Ritika Sharma

    October 18, 2018 at 12:19 am

    How do you manage t make such fine pieces of bread? I always lack in one or the other thing while trying these lovely recipes 🙁

  23. adaezboltbethel

    October 18, 2018 at 9:48 am

    5 stars
    I love visiting your blog. I leave having a lot of appetite to eat.

  24. Bunmieshealthychoices

    October 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Looks really yummy and I sure will be baking this really soon. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Jeferson

    October 18, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I admire how your grandmother improvised to achieve that perfect bake….. And it’s lovely how the love for baking is shared with the family….. And now to us readers…..

  26. Jenn

    October 18, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    I love finding baking recipes that freeze well for later. Also, I just bought a bundt pan so excited to break it in with this recipe

  27. melissa

    October 18, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    5 stars
    I’m going to try out this recipe, thanks for sharing!

  28. Sheena Moncatar

    October 19, 2018 at 11:17 am

    5 stars
    I have long been a fan of your blog but I was surprised to know that you love engineering, food and baking. Amazing! By the way, I always rate your recipes with 5 STARS! Actually, you deserve more. ^_^

  29. holistic fish

    October 19, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    seems so YUMMY!!! Will definitely try to make it over the weekend, hopefully it will last for a few breakfasts

  30. Sarbjit Singh

    October 20, 2018 at 6:55 am

    5 stars
    You are really good at cooking some delicious stuff !!! You are spoiling my appetite 😄

  31. Manavi Siddhanti

    October 21, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Looks yummy! Will try this recipe.

  32. Samantha Flores

    October 21, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    I can practically smell this through my phone! Looks delicious!

  33. Puja

    October 22, 2018 at 6:29 am

    4 stars
    I was looking to bake a banana bread this weekend. I will surely try your recipe

  34. Hackytips

    October 22, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Not a great fan of Banana baked products! suggest me anything that contains mango 😀

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