Healthy Gluten Free Marble Cake Banana Bread

Healthy Gluten Free Marble Cake is moist and soft banana bread swirled with ribbons of chocolate banana cake–a perfect way to use up those overly ripe bananas. Gluten free and dairy free for a delicious healthy dessert.

Gluten Free Marble Banana Bread. Dairy free dessert.

what you need to make this healthy gluten free marble cake

Can you believe that this banana bread is totally gluten free and diary free?

I know, it’s hard to believe but take a look at these ingredients you need to make this healthy gluten free marble cake…

  • overly ripe banans
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • eggs at room temperature
  • coconut oil
  • almond milk
  • vanilla extract
  • brown sugar (coconut sugar will also work here)
  • gluten free baking flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • sea salt
  • unsweetened cocoa powder

For this recipe, I made the classic banana bread first and then separated the batter into two evenly sized portions. From there I added the cocoa powder, more applesauce and milk to one of the batters.

The secret to getting perfect zebra-like layers is to spread the batter out using the back of spoon each time you add a new layer. The outcome will be a perfect gluten free marble cake.

Gluten Free Marble Banana Bread. Dairy free dessert.
Gluten Free Marble Banana Bread. Dairy free dessert.

can’t get enough gluten free desserts? 

I hear ya! This gluten free banana is quickly becoming one of my favorites and if you like this recipe than you will love these gluten free dessert recipes:

Vegan Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Gluten Free Cinnamon Swirl Muffins

Triple Chocolate Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cupcakes

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Raspberry Pop Tarts

Here is the complete list of healthy dessert recipes on this site – enjoy!

Gluten Free Marble Banana Bread. Dairy free dessert.

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Happy Baking!

Gluten Free Marble Banana Bread. Dairy free dessert.
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Gluten Free Marble Cake Banana Bread

This chocolate marble banana bread is a perfect healthy gluten free dessert.
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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, dairy free, gluten free
Keyword: banana bread, marble cake
Servings: 10 people
Author: Ciarra Siller


  • 3 overly ripe bananas (1 cup mashed) small-medium size
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk room temperature
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed or coconut sugar
  • 2 cups gluten free baking flour 1:1
  • 1 tsp baking power
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt

for the chocolate layer

  • 1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetend applesauce
  • 2 tbsp almond milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and prepare a loaf pan with non-stick spray and parchment paper for easy removal.
  • In a mixing bowl, use a fork to mash the bananas and then add in the applesauce, milk, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar and whisk until smooth and well combined. In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and then add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until a batter forms.
  • Remove half of the batter and place it into a bowl. Add in the chocolate layer ingredients to one of the bowls and mix until well combined. Add about 1/4 cup of the classic banana bread batter to the bottom of the loaf pan and use a spoon to smooth it out into an even layer. Top that layer with 1/4 cup of the chocolate batter and then carefully smooth the chocolate layer using a spoon. Repeat these layers until you have used all the batter.
  • Bake the loaf cake for 45 minutes – 1 hour and tooth pick comes out clean. I covered mine with tin foil after about 45 minutes to keep the top from darkening too much.


If you have any questions or want to tell me about how this recipe turned out, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below this recipe card at the bottom! I love hearing from you!
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4 years ago

Hi can i use coconut flour instead of gluten free flour?

Kristina 🙂

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4 years ago

5 stars
Great recipe!
I used substitutuins for some ingredients – shredded apples instead of applesauce, substituted almond milk with regular one and coconut oil with butter.
Link on the recipe: https://cake-cookie-pie.blogspot.com/2020/01/bez-glutena-mramorni-banana-kruh.html?m=1

4 years ago

Hi, what flour to use instead of the gluten free one? Plain or self raising? Also, for the other substitutions posted in the comment above, should I keep the same measurements?

Bernice Baran
Bernice Baran
4 years ago

Ciarra, this is amazing. Your creations blow me away!!!

4 years ago

Since bananas are all different sizes, can you specify how many cups of mashed bananas this requires?

4 years ago

5 stars
Really delicious texture and flavor! Wish mine came out as pretty as hers but it was still pretty layers! My husband said this was his favorite banana bread I’ve made so far. Mine did take a little longer to bake but i added the foil after 45 mins and it worked great because I have problems with the top getting too brown. But this helped a lot!

4 years ago

Looks so delicious! I feel like I want to jump
In the kitchen and do it right away!
I have few questions though,
Can I use almond flour only as the gluten free flour ?
And instead if the applesauce, what can I use? Or can I skip it ?
Thank you !!

4 years ago

How’d you make the layers look like that? 🙁 I’ve been trying to find videos about it but I can’t find any that make that specific design!

3 years ago

Can i use just almond flour for this?

3 years ago

Hi there!
This zebra loaf cake looks amazing. I wonder if when you spread the batter inside the loaf pan, you assemble the layers in order to make some kind of concentric circles scooping the batter in decreasing proportions. Do you understand what I mean?

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