Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Recipe: GF Banana Bread


Gluten-Free Banana Bread RecipeI used to have a banana bread recipe that I loved, but after going gluten-free, I learned pretty quickly that simply substituting gluten-free flour wasn't going to get the job done.  So I had to embark on a search for a gluten-free banana bread recipe that actually tasted good.

My problem with gluten-free breads in general is that they tend to be kind of dry and mealy.  This GF banana bread from Taste of Home, however, is nothing of the sort.  I suspect that the applesauce might be the key.

My bread didn't actually turn out looking like the picture above, because I didn't add the chopped walnuts.  Maybe next time.

My previous banana bread recipe was excellent with some chocolate chips added, so I may try that next time as well.  Yum.

I did feed this recipe to non-GF friends at a brunch, and they enjoyed it just as much as I did.  Score!  My kids also gobble it.  Double score!

So here's the link, and here's the recipe transcribed for my family's cookbook, with full credit to Taste of Home.

Ingredients

  •  2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4-5 medium)
  •  1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  •  1/3 cup canola oil
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, bananas, sugar, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Transfer to two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

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