Gluten-Free Black Rice Flaxseed Banana Bread | © 2015 |

Moist, tender and delicious, this simple, dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free banana bread recipe, inspired by Taste of Home, is made with freshly ground black forbidden rice flour, flaxseed, applesauce and ripe bananas. It's packed with heart-healthy fats, fiber and amazing flavour that's perfect for afternoon tea, picnics and school lunches.

Dry IngredientsWet Ingredients
  • 250 g Black forbidden rice, ground into flour
  • 60 g Flaxseed flour
  • 40 g Flaxseed, crushed
  • 5 g Baking soda
  • 5 g Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Walnuts, roughly chopped for topping
  • 3 Eggs, large
  • 3 Mashed ripe bananas, large
  • 180 g Unsweetened applesauce
  • 0,5 g Pure stevia extract powder
  • 80 g Coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a standard-size loaf pan lined with baking paper. In a large bowl, combine the ground black rice, flaxseed flour, crushed flaxseed, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, mashed bananas, sugar, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  3. Pour the batter in the prepared pan and sprinkle with walnuts. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. If the top is darkening too quickly, cover it with foil. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |


Rosa's Yummy Yums 28/3/15 08:29

A wonderful cake! Great texture and flavour...



Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 28/3/15 12:14

Beautiful bread Angie. I have a bag of black rice & have never used it. Thank you.

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 28/3/15 12:55

This banana bread looks moist and really delicious. Black rice flour is new to me, sound interesting and something that I should try. Wonderful pictures, make me want to grab a piece of banana bread for myself.

Marcela 28/3/15 13:19

I love this healthy banana bread! I love the idea of using the rice! I have never tried anything like that! Sounds cool!

Ana Regalado 28/3/15 15:30

Angie , that is one pretty delicious banana bread ! The black forbidden rice sounds sinful , I'm gonna Google it by and by :D

Koko 28/3/15 17:25

I always love the sound of 'forbidden rice'. This looks very yummy!!

Sweet Posy Dreams 28/3/15 19:05

Looks like an interesting recipe. I don't bake with bananas as much anymore as our son developed an allergy to them.

jasna varcakovic 28/3/15 23:05

Great way of taking my daily dose of flaxseeds; looks intriguingly good!

Medeja- CranberryJam 28/3/15 23:23

So so healthy and looks really delicious!

Tricia Buice 29/3/15 00:12

I recently made a chocolate banana bread but it is not at all healthy like yours! This is a lovely loaf and the crumb texture looks perfect. Applesauce is wonderful in baked goods. I never dreamed of baking with black rice but my husband and I love it. This is a special recipe for sure!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 29/3/15 04:03

Just a spectacular loaf! That slice is SO enticing---great looking bread, Angie!

Nammi 29/3/15 05:05

wow, looks very rich even when its very healthy.

Nammi 29/3/15 05:07

wow, looks very rich even when its very healthy.

Betty 29/3/15 06:48

You always have the most wonderful healthy breads! I have forbidden rice, but have never thought of making it into flour. This loaf is gorgeous and sounds so good! :)

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen 29/3/15 12:24

Another healthier banana bread variant! I love it.

Jeannie Tay 29/3/15 12:28

Your cakes always look so healthy you made me feel a bit guilty for baking sinful ones lol! Love the color of this bread!

Barbara 29/3/15 13:01

I've never baked anything with ground rice. Very interesting, Angie. And it looks so moist!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 29/3/15 15:09

I love your beautiful slice of tree trunk, Angie! How beautifully aged and colored it is on the side. A perfect prop for this gorgeous bread. I love the texture that rice flour imparts to cakes like this. I don't know if I can find black forbidden rice flour but I do have a bag of brown rice flour that I used for my latest baking project. I'll be saving this recipe to try!

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 29/3/15 16:54

We just love banana bread and even though we have a standard recipe, I've always been looking for a more healthy, deep, dark banana bread recipe. The ingredients in this are sure to be the winning recipe Angie! Thank you for sharing! Pinned and saved!

Pam 29/3/15 18:07

I love bread made with rice and yours sounds delicious, Angie! Our bakery used to make a similar bread years ago so this is a must try. Like the "tree" also!

Gina and Oli 29/3/15 20:48

Always learning something new from you like black forbidden rice for instance. This is an absolute must bake for me. Thank you Angie!


Indrė 29/3/15 21:20

Sounds amazing. Have to try. In my pantry atm only red rice - maybe will work too?

fimere 29/3/15 22:41

un bon cake bien moelleux et délicieux
bonne soirée

Unknown 30/3/15 00:19

This looks so yummy!!! <3 -

foodtravelandwine 30/3/15 00:59

Beautiful and delicious! is a wonderful idea to use this mix...I love it!......Abrazotes, Marcela

Monica 30/3/15 01:23

The texture looks perfect! Love all the variety of healthy flours in your pantry!

Unknown 30/3/15 04:19

Sounds like very tasty cake, I love all ingredients. Speaking of: you have so many good recipes with spelt flour, and I got the bag of organic spelt flour a few days ago. I need to search some interesting recipes on your blog for cake or cookies or bread. Thank you for sharing your creations with us!



The Yum List 30/3/15 05:36

Another beautiful loaf. Thanks for the inspiring recipes Angie.

Noob Cook 30/3/15 07:49

So beautiful and tempting!

Angie's Recipes 30/3/15 10:41

@IndrėThe black rice is actually a black glutinous rice which serves as a thickening agent in gluten free baking. If you are planning to use red rice, you might want to replace some with cornstarch.

Kelly 30/3/15 12:46

You have the best healthy bread and cake recipes! I love that you used ground black forbidden rice, such a creative idea! This looks amazing, Angie! Wish I had a slice for breakfast right now!

Joanne 30/3/15 13:31

I wish I were biting into a slice of this for breakfast! It's a nutritional superstar.

Copycake kitchen 30/3/15 15:03

Wow! this bread looks too good to me! yummy yummy!

Gemma 30/3/15 16:31

I love the ingredients list of this recipe! It's a powerhouse of goodness and nutrition! <3
The texture looks incredible!


Pam 30/3/15 16:33

Your bread always makes me drool.

Beth 30/3/15 16:38

Another variation on banana bread! Looks yummy and so healthy.

grace 30/3/15 17:27

that is a STURDY loaf of banana bread, and rightly so! what a great bunch of ingredients, and i love the unique and unexpected color.

Gloria Baker 30/3/15 18:10

look absolutely delicious!!Lovely chocolate banana bread Angie!!

Alida 30/3/15 18:26

Very interesting with black rice and banana. A really tasty gluten free option for banana cake!

Evelyne CulturEatz 30/3/15 20:49

Oh I do love Black forbidden rice. Another amazing creation, always blown away by your creations Angie.

Kelsey Ann 30/3/15 21:17

A loaf after my own heart with all the best ingredients paired in it. what a winning combo!

Anonymous 30/3/15 22:22

Never thought of making my own rice flour, I do have black rice in my pantry should give it a try.

tigerfish 31/3/15 00:10

A perfect nutrient-dense bread with all the high-quality healthy ingredients.

Velva 31/3/15 02:18

This is like healthy German version of banana bread-rich and dark. Very nice.


Abbe@This is How I Cook 31/3/15 05:38

This is one healthy banana bread. As a fan of banana bread-which you will soon see-I must say that there are never enough recipes to try! One could have a banana bread contest, but I bet they would all be winners! Oh Angie! Another one to try!

Juliana 31/3/15 07:11

Angie, you always have the most interesting loaves...I have never baked with black rice flour..sounds very tasty...
Have a great week :)

Judit + Corina @Glamorous Bite 31/3/15 07:18

Beautiful - Healthy and Scrumptious! Angie this is one incredible banana bread :)

faithy 31/3/15 10:48

You bake such interesting cakes and healthy too! I'm in awe of you! How do you create all these recipes?

Shobha Kamath 31/3/15 12:07

A healthy and gorgeous looking bread !

Hema 31/3/15 16:23

The bread looks awesome and the clicks are stunning..

FLAVZCORNER 31/3/15 18:37

Wow that loaf looks really moist. I would have never thought of using rice flour in a cake :)

Kitchen Belleicious 31/3/15 20:07

no way you did this with black rice! How so amazing is that and i love that it has added nutritional value with the flaxseed

Balvinder 31/3/15 22:41

Oh dear, I just going to have to make this, The cake sounds healthy and sensational!

Nippon Nin 31/3/15 22:54! Intrigued by the ingredients! And the gorgeous photos!...hey, where did you get the tree stump? Nice!

Unknown 31/3/15 22:55

Black rice bread, very intrigued, again. THe texture looks mighty good Angie. I'm sure it tastes pretty good. Great job on another healthy option.

turmericnspice 1/4/15 00:46

That looks so moist !! I love the dark rich color.

Ashley@CookNourishBliss 1/4/15 02:06

I have been alllll about banana bread lately - and this looks so different than my go-to recipe! Sounds delicious!

Vicki Bensinger 1/4/15 03:00

You always come up with some interesting recipes. I would imagine using the black rice adds moisture to this bread. I'm saving this to try someday. Sounds delicious!

Cheri Savory Spoon 1/4/15 06:09

Hi Angie, grinding the black rice is such a great idea, bet this is delicious!!

Ivy 1/4/15 06:50

You amaze me each time I see the diversity of your breads and cakes. This one must be amazing. Why is the black rice flour called forbidden?

Gourmet Getaways 1/4/15 06:56

Love the breakdown of wet and dry ingredients, for one :) Sugar-free, dairy-free and GF can't look better than this! Great recipe!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

Catherine 1/4/15 09:07

Dear Angie, What a beautiful banana bread to enjoy any time of day. It is perfect with tea.
xoxo Catherine

Amy (Savory Moments) 1/4/15 12:48

I never cease to be impressed with all the creative and interesting ideas and combinations you come up with for baking! This one is no exception and it looks so pretty!

Lily Lau 1/4/15 15:34

Wow Angie, this recipe looks really tasty! I wish my breakfast had been different, damn! ;)

Geri Saucier 1/4/15 16:34

You always have great recipes. I love Banana bread- I plan on making this tasty recipe this weekend:)

kitchen flavours 1/4/15 17:10

Such a lovely loaf! Black forbidden rice? I do not even know about it! Once again, I've learnt of another new ingredient from you!

Shashi 1/4/15 20:42

Such a great idea to use black rice in banana bread Angie! I am so loving your healthy take on a favorite!

Kathy 2/4/15 00:19

Beautiful bread, Angie! Black rice…intriguing and delicious looking! You always come up with the most interesting recipes!

Unknown 2/4/15 00:33

you always make the most creatives cakes and breads using the most healthy ingredients! I love the look of this bread!

Eva Taylor 2/4/15 01:11

This is so strange, Angie, I know I commented here on this post yet I don't see it. I wonder if it has anything to do with my google account. I know I've had trouble commenting on blogspot because I don't have an account. Can you tell me if you see my comments at all? I've been commenting pretty regularly and I would hate for you to think I abandoned you because you are so good about commenting on my humble blog. Thank you, feel free to delete this after you see it, it's really nothing to do with your gorgeous recipe. Eva https://kitcheninspirations.wordp XOXO

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 2/4/15 02:04

This banana bread looks delicious, it would be perfect for breakfast!

mjskit 2/4/15 02:26

I just bought some forbidden rice to check it out as a rice. I never would have thought to use it as a flour. What a creative banana bread! I'll take both of those cut pieces and maybe a third. :)

Angie's Recipes 2/4/15 04:56

@Eva Taylor I really appreciate your comments, Eva. I guess the first comment didn't get through, though if you used google account, there shouldn't have had any problem.

GiGi Eats Celebrities 2/4/15 06:45

Why is it called FORBIDDEN rice? ha ha!

Angie's Recipes 3/4/15 04:39

@GiGi Eats Celebrities
Forbidden rice may have gotten its name because only emperors in ancient China were allowed to eat it, due to its rarity and high nutritional value. Another possibility for the origin of its name is the possibility that the Greeks banned the rice when they conquered the Middle East. They may have done this believing that the rice somehow helped their enemies in battle. The alternate name of emperor's rice seems to back up the first theory, but the name may have followed the theory. You can find more details here :

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen 3/4/15 18:36

I'm trying to bake Gluten free lately, so this is simply amazing Angie! And I'm SO intrigued by the black rice! Might need to go on an expedition tothe chinese market...

[Reply] 4/4/15 15:32

OMG I so love this. Do you actually ground the black rice yourself? I would love to do it and use it on some of my baking recipes :-)

Unknown 6/4/15 11:26

What a lovely looking loaf I adore banana!

Anonymous 25/4/15 10:27

This banana bread look so awesome & special! What is black forbidden rice?

Anonymous 25/4/15 12:54

Thanks for the reply of what is black forbidden rice! I learned a lot! x


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