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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I know I’ve been posting a lot of baked goods lately–and none of them Christmas-themed. Just what my mood has been calling for, I guess. And speaking of baked goods and my frequent consumption of them, I just finished my first round of Insanity Asylum today! It was awesome to take the fit test over and see how much better I did.  Still workin’ on my six pack, though. That might have something to do with the aforementioned baked good situation around these parts. IMG_8278 I think that I’m going to do round two of Insanity, and then maybe investigate P90X to keep myself from getting bored.  I was surprised and excited to see how motivated I was to not be going to the gym, and instead getting a really amazing workout in at home.  Even with a 45-minute workout, not having to drive to the gym or wear community-acceptable clothes was really awesome.  Plus, it was as easy as bringing my computer and some sneakers home to be able to continue Insanity over Thanksgiving and Christmas. I definitely would not have predicted that I would be the type to easily stick to a routine like this (and I did allow myself a little more flexibility than I “should” have)…but it so motivating!  Also, I still really want a six pack, so I have to keep on keepin’ on! Anyway, back to baked goods. IMG_8261 As I said a few days ago, my sister-in-law is eating gluten-free, and it’s been a new experiment to try baking foods that she can eat.  I’ve had friends before that ate strictly gluten-free, so I was already prepared about how much hard work it is.  However, though I’m not ashamed to buy things like pasta or granola already made gluten-free, something deep in my core strongly protests against buying boxed mixes for cakes or breads. Plus, banana bread is just plain hard to mess up, so I decided it might be a good direction to go in for my first gluten-free attempt using the new all-purpose flour mix. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (adapted a lot from Edible Perspective)

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • 3 T pumpkin puree (apple sauce would also work)
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2 1/4 C gluten-free all-purpose flour mix
  • 2 T ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  •  1/2 C chocolate chips (gluten-free)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a baking pan.  I also lined it with parchment paper to make it easy to remove the loaf from the pan. Combine the wet ingredients–banana, eggs, vegetable oil, pumpkin puree, and vanilla. Stir in the wet ingredients and mix until blended, then add the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan, and spread it evenly across the top. Bake on the middle rack until an inserted toothpick comes out with crumbs clinging to it, about an hour. IMG_8284 I was really impressed at how well the loaf rose, cracked, and looked just like regular banana bread.  It was moist, sweet, and incredibly easy to slice once cooled. IMG_8280 Fritz said he would have had no idea that this bread was gluten-free.  I could definitely taste the different flours, but it was much more like a regular old banana bread than I expected it to be!  Toasted with butter: heaven. IMG_8268 No gums or weird ingredients (well, weirder than buckwheat flour, I guess) necessary! I’m excited to use this flour mix for other things that I imagine will translate easily to the gluten-free realm (brownies, anyone?) and still a little apprehensive about desserts like cookies that are expected to have a certain consistency.  We shall see! IMG_8271

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1 comment

  1. Katie

    Awesome recipe :)
    I love a good Banana Bread… Here’s another one you might like to try
    Banana Bread Recipe
    Thanks for sharing.
    Katie

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