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The Perfect GF Banana Bread / Muffins Recipe

Yes, this blog entry is about the best banana bread you'll ever eat in your life.


No honey, I am not exaggerating. I LOVE banana bread! I'm gluten intolerant, but a good banana bread will get me cheating on my health in a heartbeat.


Almost 10 years ago I was introduced to this delicacy - that apparently wasn't a thing in Brazil. I lived in NY then and it immediately became my favorite food on a cold morning, while sipping a hot cup of latte sprinkled with cinnamon. It was my Sunday treat a couple times a year (and everyday-for-as-long-as-the-bread-lasted).


For years I experimented with gluten free and paleo recipes. I finally found one that was pretty good, and with a few tweaks, I got to my Perfect GF Banana Bread Recipe.


I call this recipe Perfect because what else do you call a decadent, chocolaty, nutty banana bread (or muffin) that also happens to be Gluten Free, Dairy Free and pretty close to sugar free?? If this isn't a perfect guilt free treat, I don't know what else to say... I hope you will make it and enjoy it as much as we do! :)


Warning to amateur bakers like myself: It's my experience as an amateur baker, that if I don't follow the recipe and ingredient's list item by item, I'll end up skipping something and mess up the recipe. Just be safe and follow the list!


The Perfect GF Banana Bread / Muffins Recipe


Prep time: about 20 mins

Baking time*: about 35-40 minutes (20-22 minutes if making muffins)


You will need:

1 medium bowl

1 large bowl

Fork or whisk

Spatula

9" square cake pan or loaf pan or muffins pan

Oven (even a toaster oven will work)


Wet Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas

3 large eggs

1/4 cup coconut oil


Dry Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup almond flour (can sub for cashew flour)

1/2 cup tapioca flour/starch

1/4 cup coconut flour (can sub for flaxseed flour)

1/2 cup unsweetened cacau powder

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar (do NOT skip this)

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup crushed walnuts (can sub for macadamia nuts or almonds)

1/2 cup dates chopped very small (use more if you have a sweet tooth)

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

Optional: slivered almonds for garnish


Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.

  2. Prepare a 9" square cake pan with a little coconut oil and set aside (you can also make muffins with this recipe or use a loaf pan).

  3. On a medium bowl, mash the bananas well and beat (by hand) until it looks a little frothy (1 min). Then add the eggs, coconut oil and mix by hand until completely combined and set aside.

  4. On a large bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix by hand until fully combined. Then add the wet mixture onto the large bowl of dry ingredients and mix it using a folding motion. This is VERY IMPORTANT for this recipe: Do not stir like a maniac to get it over with. GENTLY fold the mixture until just combined. It shouldn't take too much and you will end end up with an airy and creamy batter.

  5. Pour the batter into prepared pan and garnish with slivered almonds (this is optional).

  6. Bake for 35-40 mins, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean (watch out for the melted chocolate and look for sign of wet batter). If you're making muffins, 20-22 mins and voilá.

  7. Remove pan from oven and let it cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting.


I'm telling you, even if you have never baked in your life, you can't mess up with this one. This recipe is pretty forgiving as I have made random substitutions - or even skipped ingredients - and it still came out good. I had never baked before this, and it's still the only thing I bake to this day.


This blog entry was inspired by The Anti-Procrastination Experiment and there is actually an awesome video where I talk about why we should encourage and allow our children in the kitchen. I highly recommend you go check it out, especially if you are a parent.


Let me know if you plan to make this banana bread. And if you do, I would love to know how it went.


Big hug,

Andrea



Making this banana bread has became a Christmas tradition of ours and my daughter really looks forward to mommy's special hot chocolate to go with it.



*Baking time will depend on oven and how deep/shallow your pan is.





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