BEST Ever Banana Bread (Gluten Free!)

This is…just delicious!! I couldn’t get over how deliciously moist and flavorful this turned out.  The first time I made it my boyfriend and I shared a small bowl of it with spoons and it was reminiscent of a banana bread pudding! The next time I baked it for longer and it had a much more solid bread texture.

**I updated this recipe on 11/17/18 to remove brown sugar and add Blackstrap Molasses, which has nutrients such as magnesium, selenium, vitamin B6, calcium and iron-yay!

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free flour recipe
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips (mix into batter after all other ingredients have been combined into a homogeneous mixture)
  • Optional: 1/4-1/2 cup walnuts (sprinkle on top right before putting it in the oven)

Moist Ingredients:

  • 4 SUPER-ripe bananas (small-medium)
  • 2-3 eggs (if you use my flour recipe you want to use 3-1 extra for the coconut flour portion)
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 Blackstrap Molasses
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a bread pan with coconut oil
  3. Add all dry ingredients into medium bowl and whisk together and set aside
  4. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and beat with a fork until well-mixed and fluffy
  5. Peel ripened bananas onto the eggs and carefully smash with the fork until the desired texture, I like mine on the chunky side
  6. Add the rest of the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the beaten eggs and smashed bananas and mix with the fork
  7. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix carefully with a large wooden spoon
  8. Pour mixture into greased bread pan and bake for 55-60 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and allow the banana bread to cool for about 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan

Enjoy!

My Pocketbook-Friendly Go-to Gluten Free Flour Mix

Last night I discovered my new go-to gluten free flour mix with 3 simple ingredients:

  • Rice flour
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour

I was making a recipe that called for 2 cups of flour and I used the following measurements:

  • 1/3 cup rice flour
  • 1/3 almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour

Let me tell you this is a winning combination that helped me make, quite possibly, THE BEST banana bread I have ever made! It truly rose up like a bread and was better held together while still being deliciously moist.

I find that mixing my own gluten free flour is much more economically sustainable than purchasing the already-made stuff from the grocery store.  For example, even one of the cheapest gluten-free flour mixes I’ve seen advertised is around $4.00 for 22 oz (2.75 cups).  I would have used almost $3.00 worth for this recipe alone.

Instead, I spent less than $1.50 on the flour:

  • 32 oz (2 lb) bag of almond flour $11.32=$0.94 for this recipe
  • 8 oz bag of coconut flour $0.99 =$0.33
  • 16 oz bag of rice flour $0.60 =$0.10

Total spent on this recipe: $1.37

I spent half as much on the flour called for this recipe as I would have with some of the cheapest prepared store-bought mixes! That means I got to combine two of my favorite hobbies: baking and saving money: win-win! 🙂