Gluten Free Banana Bread
Looking around the kitchen today and thinking about what to make I happen to notice a couple of blackened old bananas sitting on the counter. Hmmmm gluten free banana bread? In our household you can always find some old fruit especially bananas sitting on the counter crying out for some attention. Don’t get me wrong we have the greatest intentions when it comes to fruit. Every weekend we exuberantly purchase some fresh new fruit to put on the counter. We’re just not all that good at eating it.
Right at this very moment, on the counter sits a couple of Kiwi’s, 4 old apples, 2 black banana, 2 limes and an avocado. I think I can cut down the clutter and use up those bananas and maybe some of those apples. I will leave the avocados and limes for tonight’s dinner, Mmmmm looking like fajitas tonight. 🙂
This recipe is a slightly modified version of Comfy Belly’s recipe and I really mean slightly. Basically I didn’t have enough bananas so I stewed a few of those old apples from the counter to make an applesauce and substituted the apples for the bananas. Knowing my family, (teenage daughter and a husband who prides himself on eating whatever I make including green pumpkin pie… thats another story) I also added chocolate chips and walnuts. This gluten free banana bread turned out delicious! Coconut flour is notorious for being very absorbent and sucking up the moisture but this was not a problem as the bread turned out very moist and somewhat fruity.
I made my own apple sauce in this recipe but if you would rather you can also use store bought apple sauce. What I like about making my own sauce is that I control the sugar content, its a great way to use up aging fruit on the counter and its super easy and fast. Basically you peel, core and chop an apple or two. Put them in a sauce pot with 1/2 cup of water and heat it to a simmer on medium heat. Keep an eye on the water content and if it boils off you can add a bit more if it gets too thick.
Once the apples soften and are easily mashed you can use a potato masher and just mash them up. If you prefer a nice smooth sauce throw it in the food processor and blend.
2 Ripe bananas
1 cup Apple sauce
3 large eggs
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp Baking soda
1/2 Tsp sea salt
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1. Preheat the oven to 350° F
2. In a medium sized bowl, mash bananas with a fork and apple sauce. Add eggs, Maple Syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
3. Blend in Flour and allow to sit for 5 minutes to allow the coconut flour to absorb the moisture.
4. Pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5. Fully cool before slicing.
Makes one loaf