Recipe: Gluten-free Banana Bread

May 22nd

Building gluten-free banana bread

Building gluten-free banana bread\Building gluten-free banana bread\Building gluten-free banana bread

So, this paleo thing means no grains. And the family I’m living with is already living gluten free. When I suggested we make the banana bread recipe on Karen’s site, my hosts agreed. Gluten-free bread? Bring it on.

Building gluten-free banana bread

Building gluten-free banana bread

Building gluten-free banana bread

Building gluten-free banana bread

Building gluten-free banana bread

Building gluten-free banana bread

Building gluten-free banana bread

Off to the market on my bike I went, where I found flax and almond meal. However, because my friends here are gluten-free, not grain-free*, we changed the recipe slightly.

Building gluten-free banana breadBuilding gluten-free banana bread

In lieu of only using almond meal, we used a bit of oat flour too. When I make this bread again, I’ll add another banana. I’ll also add a 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce. The texture was great, but the flavor just wasn’t there. This likely has nothing to do with Karen’s recipe and everything to do with our changes. That said, it is a delicious treat after not having a slice of bread for quite some time. With a bit of butter, it is heavenly.

Building gluten-free banana bread

2 cups almond flour

1 cup oat flour

2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

2 Tbsp. honey

3 eggs

4 super ripe, gushy bananas, mashed

1) Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk dry ingredients

2) Add wet ingredients in a separate bowl and blend. Add mashed bananas.

3) Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir. Pour mixture into a well-greased loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes.

4) Let cool; top with butter, or pour a cup of milk over a slice for a dessert. Delish!

Makes 1 loaf.

Gluten-free Banana Bread

I will make this recipe again, perhaps adding cranberries or dark chocolate chips. For the $12 bag of almond meal, it makes a hefty loaf and several days worth of breakfast. Not inexpensive, but worthy of the splurge!


*Obnoxious, this way of describing food, isn’t it? Everyone these days seems to have their thing. I’m vegan. I’m ovolactarian. I’m vegetarian, unless the beef is really good. I am fundamentally opposed to how self-absorbed these ways of eating make us. Because for me it is a choice. For some, like my hosts, it is an allergy driven response to eating and not in the least about ego. They’d love pizza. Or a burrito. Or a bagel.


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6 Responses

  1. The Bobs Red Mill g/f banana bread recipe is awesome! btw 🙂 In case you want to make something a little bit more treat like and less healthy looking. Not a plug for bobs brand or anything just the yummiest recipe I have found so far.

  2. Brittany May 22, 2011

    Beautiful photos! I have the hardest time with food photos (have I already had this convo with you?). The lighting never looks quite right. But these are really pretty!

  3. Yes, I agree. Food-based sanctimoniousness is uber-annoying. I try to balance avoiding that with feeling so deeply right about my choices, but I’m betting I sound like a DB sometimes. It can’t be helped. We all live the way we do because we inherently believe in the rightness of our choices, right? I do my best to forgive those who commit a faux-pas in the hopes that they’ll forgive me in turn for all those inevitable slips. 🙂

    Glad you tried the bread! I had trouble with banana flavor disappearing even with regular recipes, so I figure it’s not the fact that it’s a grain-free recipe that matters on that front.

  4. Since I was diagnosed with celiac desease I eat gluten-free too, and it’s a lifetime thing, so you have to learn other ways to bake. Oat is being debating right now, so in the uncertainty, I avoid it. Try buckwheat, it has gluten but not the one causing troubles…..

  5. I didn’t know how much I loved bread until I tried to do without it! Do you have Trader Joe’s? They sell almond meal. I’ve used it for lots of different things.

  6. Ooh this bread looks great! I always feel a little self-absorbed saying I don’t eat this or that simply by choice, so I try to not make a big deal out of in front of others… instead I just cook awesome meals (organic, sans meat & dairy) and let others enjoy the choices I’ve made.