Gluten Free Banana Bread

Sliced Gluten Free Banana Bread

Going gluten free is not easy. Despite the fact that Gluten Free foods are just as common place as breakfast cereal, the fact of the matter is 90% of it is still made with processed foods.  Why is this, you may ask? Well, because it needs to have a shelf life to keep on a supermarket shelf. You can make your own Gluten free meals and snacks right from home. Knowing what you put into it makes it that much better because you know what is in it! Simple, right?

This morning I had a bunch of over ripe bananas staring me in the face. Unless bananas have a slight green tinge in this house, no one eats them. I’ll cut them and freeze them for shakes but I had an urge to bake this morning.

I did some internet research this morning and remembered I just purchased a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour a week ago. It’s time to get creative!

We are lucky to have our own chickens here on our little piece of heaven, so our eggs are just days old…if that. Plus, I’m also trying to reduce mine and my families sugar intake. Therefore, there is NO added sugar in this recipe. If you are used to sticky, sweet banana bread, this isn’t for you. But if you like it au-natural, with just the natural sugar from the super ripe bananas, be prepared to swoon!

This recipe will make 2 loaves of banana bread. One for now, and one to freeze for later!

Gluten Free Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 tsp gluten free baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups of mashed ripe bananas (about 4-5 medium bananas)
  • 4 eggs (I only used 3 super jumbo eggs, because that is what our chickens lay)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil; liquified
  • 1/2 cup unsweeted applesauce (I used a packet of Trader Joe’s Apple Banana Crushers!)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Optional: 1/4 cup 67% or higher cocoa chocolate chips (you can get these gluten free on Amazon, if you wish)

 

Directions:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together. Set aside.
  2. Wisk eggs, banana, vanilla and oil in a separate bowl.
  3. Blend wet and dry together by hand until any visible flour is absorbed by the liquid.
  4. Mix in walnuts and optional chips.
  5. Pour into two greased 8×4 loaf pans. I used coconut oil to grease mine.
  6. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, it is done!
  7. Let sit for 10 minutes before inverting out on a wire rack.
  8. Dive in!

 

Trader Joe's Apple Banana Crushers

Trader Joe’s Apple Banana Crushers

Banana bread batter in pans.

Banana bread batter in pans.

Out of the oven!

Out of the oven!

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2 Responses to Gluten Free Banana Bread

  1. Sounds yummy! I don’t eat many processed GF foods, either. I have found that for me it’s easier to go GF by just avoiding those foods and sticking to basics. That being said, I do have a bag of Pamela’s GF mix in the fridge in case I am craving cookies or baked goods! Does the Bob’s have garbanzo bean flour?

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