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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gluten-Free Banana Bread (that is totally awesome whether you eat gluten or not)

I gave up wheat for the most part over a year ago, completely six months ago when I received my allergy test results. In the beginning I didn’t do any gluten-free baking because, well, I don’t eat much sugar anymore so I figured I may as well not tempt myself. BUUUUT…I couldn’t resist the baking bug forever. And now that I am finding and finessing more and more gluten-free baked goods recipes, I’m kind of hooked, as well as surprised and delighted at how good the new recipes are. The latest endeavor has been creating a recipe for gluten-free banana bread. Today I am ready to share that recipe and it is great, whether you eat gluten free or dairy free or not!

Gluten-Free banana bread on a cutting board sliced

The base (like many of my new gluten-free recipes) is oat flour. Oats have really stepped it up for me this past year in more ways than one, and this recipe is no exception. Using oat flour for this gluten-free banana bread yields a very moist quick bread with tons of flavor and great crumb. The texture is not quite as light and fluffy as my other regular banana breads, but it’s not a huge difference and, honestly, this bread is so good I don’t feel like I’m missing out at all. Also, this recipe is dairy free, so if you’re looking for dairy-free baking recipes, add this one to your list!

Top view of gluten free banana bread

Top view of gluten-free banana bread in a pan with a blue potholder

Just like regular banana bread, I absolutely love putting leftover slices in the toaster before eating. With this particular bread you just need to be careful pulling the banana bread out as it tends to fall apart even more than regular banana bread. I use a toaster oven and not a top-loading toaster, too. I imagine it would be easy to lose your bread in a top loader!

Side backlit view of gluten-free banana bread in pan

Without further ado, here is my recipe for gluten-free banana bread. And I swear that even people who can eat gluten will love this recipe, too. Banana bread for all!

Side view of gluten free banana bread cut

Gluten-Free Banana Bread (Dairy Free)
Inspired by a recipe for banana-bread muffins in "The Low-FODMAP Diet for Beginners" by Mollie Tunitsky. There are a lot of changes in my recipe below, but Mollie's original muffin recipe is also very good if you have her book and want to try it.
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 3 medium-sized or 2 large unripe bananas (my bananas were still a bit green and worked really well; the riper the banana, the sweeter things will be and it could change the moisture content of the batter a bit, too, which may add cooking time)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup raw turbinado sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (if you don't have pure maple syrup, you can simply do ¾ cup raw sugar and leave out the syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F. Grease a standard bread loaf pan well with coconut oil. (If you don't need to go dairy free, you can also use butter for greasing the pan.)
  2. Whisk together the oat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the coconut oil in the microwave (about 20 seconds on high). If your coconut oil is already in liquid form, skip this step.
  4. Add the bananas to the bowl with the oil and using a potato masher mash the bananas, being careful not to splash oil. (You can mash the bananas before adding them to the bowl, but I like doing it this way to save on dishes!)
  5. Add the eggs, sugar, syrup and vanilla. Mix well.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and stir until combined with no more dry spots in the batter.
  7. Pour into the loaf pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. I usually start checking for doneness around 20 minutes and then check every 3-5 minutes after that, depending on how done the bread is. The cook time could go much longer depending on the exact size and ripeness of your bananas. Just make sure that toothpick is squeaky clean and the loaf is rising in the center.



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    Hmm… admittedly I’m not very familiar with banana bread recipes but I thought people usually use very ripe bananas? For example I thought it was common to use bananas that had gotten too ripe for normal eating for banana bread instead. But you’re recommending unripe bananas? Is that normal or is it because this recipe is gluten-free?

    • yes, most recipes do call for very ripe bananas. as I was researching banana bread recipes while working on this recipe, I discovered that essentially the difference between using an unripe versus a very ripe banana will be the level of sweetness, and using very ripe bananas could also increase the moisture content in your batter. I read an article by a food writer who baked the same recipe using normal ripe bananas and very ripe bananas. she did not like the results from the very ripe bananas as much – it made the bread sweeter and added moisture. she preferred the banana to be a little under-ripe or just perfect ripe.

      the original recipe I developed this from called for un-ripe bananas (which is why I started researching this to begin with). I used bananas that were yellow with a bit of green when I was working on this recipe. this recipe makes for a quite moist bread, so I wanted to minimize moisture. also, I don’t like things super sweet, so I preferred a lower level of sweetness. I bet if you use very ripe bananas, the recipe will still taste great, but I was very happy with the results when I used bananas that were not very ripe.

      also, I think one of the reasons we tend to use very ripe bananas in banana bread recipes is because it’s the best way to use up a banana that is too ripe to eat. so, you know, people just kind of got in the habit, but I don’t think it’s necessarily better, unless your recipe needs more moisture or you like a little extra banana sweetness.

      hope that’s helpful! 🙂

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