Banana Bread Revisited

Banana Bread sliced.

Gluten-free Banana Bread

After my previous post wondering whether overripe bananas were good for anything other than banana bread (I tried a recipe for banana and chocolate vegan ice cream) I decided that instead of fighting it I should embrace it. That I had a bowl of overripe bananas sitting on my kitchen counter had nothing to do with it.

In truth, I was also inspired on by a recent conversation with a friend I consider a master baker who happened to mention that gluten-free flour was brilliant for baking. I am not gluten-free but I know a few who are and to me it seems a fairly desolate diet. What, no pasta? Or bread? Or cake?! We can rectify this, I thought.

So, spurred on by the bowl of overripe bananas, I decided to adapt my faithful Hummingbird Bakery recipe:

Gluten-free Banana Bread

135 g soft light brown sugar
1 egg
100 g (or one large) mashed banana
140 g plain gluten free flour
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
70 g salted butter, melted
40 g chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the over to 170 degrees celsius / 325 degrees fahrenheit/Gas Mark 3

Put the sugar and egg in a mixing bowl and whisk until well incorporated. Mix in the mashed bananas.

Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger to the bowl. Mix thoroughly. Pour in the melted butter and beat until all the ingredients are well mixed. Add chocolate chips if you want (I do).

Pour the mixture into a lined loaf tin. Back in the preheated oven for about an hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

Easy!

As for whether you can tell the different between this and regular banana bread – well, the wannabe teens and their friends didn’t notice. Suffice to say it was gone within an hour of emerging from the oven. Next time I’m making two.

(Note: gluten-free flour seems to have a looser structure than ordinary so the mix was lighter than usual – this meant that in the oven the chocolate chips sank to the bottom of the cake thereby creating a delicious, chocolatey base. Not that
anyone was complaining.)

Thanks Hummingbird Bakery!

If you have any favourite banana recipes, especially ones for anything other than banana bread, help reduce waste in the Wannabe household and please them with me.

Signed by: Monika.

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