Gluten Free and Healthy Banana Bread

I had not tried banana bread until I was diagnosed and even then I have only ever tried my own banana bread but, if I may say so myself, it is so damn good why would I need to try anyone else’s?!

 

Banana bread seems to be a family favourite for most people and very popular amongst the gluten free community. There are so many version that you can make and so many yummy additions to add to it (such as raspberries, blueberries, chocolate, nuts, the list goes on and on!) that this is one of my key staple recipes that I always turn to for bake sales or rainy days.

 

Ingredients (1 loaf)

  • 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil (or extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 large bananas (or 2 1/2 medium)
  • 1 cup of gluten free plain flour (whole wheat works best if you have this)
  • 3/4 cup of gluten free oats (this could be substituted for more four if preferred)
  • 1/4 of milk (this can be substituted for water to make the recipe dairy free)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C
  2. In a large bowl add the oil and honey/maple syrup together and whisk until combined
  3. Add the eggs and beat well (approximately 4 minutes)
  4. Add the mashed bananas and milk/water and continue to whisk
  5. Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon to the mixture and whisk until combined
  6. Remove the whisk and with a large spoon stir in the flour and oats a bit at a time until there re no lumps left (be careful not to beat out all of the air bubbles you have just spent so long putting in!)
  7. Pour the mixture into a greased bread tin and bake for 55 minutes (or until a knife placed in the centre of the cake comes out clean)
  8. Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tin and allowing to cool further on a wired rack

 

Tips

  • Add any fruit, chocolate chips etc into the mixture at step 6 if desired
  • If you add any fruit to the mixture, allow an extra 5 minutes for the bread to bake
  • I enjoy a sprinkle of cinnamon over the mixture before I put it in the oven, some people also place additional banana slices on top of the mixture too as a decoration
  • Why not pour the mixture into muffin cases and make banana muffins?!

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