Saturday, February 8, 2014

Simple Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Gluten-Free adds a whole new to layer to the complications of baking. Sometimes gluten-free recipes require tons of flours, starches and food gums (like xanthum). These food additives are often times expensive to buy, time consuming to put together and turn straight into sugar when they hit the blood stream. We buy a pre-made gluten-free flour mix to save time and keep it simple! It's always a good idea to try to reduce the amount of flour and sugar in a recipe. This is not a low-carb recipe and does contain more sugar than I prefer - but it's for the sake of making it flavorful!

My husband loves this banana bread and i've made it weekly for nearly a month now. He often has a piece of this bread with a slice of homemade frittata in the morning. This recipe is simple and slightly more health beneficial than traditional banana bread recipes. It contains less all-purpose flour, less sugar, healthy spices, some health fat and protein.

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free

1 c. gluten-free all purpose flour (we use Bob's Red Mill)
3/4 c. almond flour (can use any nut flour)
2/3 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder, aluminum-free*
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
dash sea salt
2 eggs, pasture-raised
3 ripe bananas
1/2 c. coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. golden raisins, nuts or chocolate chips (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a loaf pan with coconut oil.
2. Mix dry ingredients into a bowl (except raisins).
3. Mix wet ingredients into a separate bowl. Whisk to combine.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet a

nd stir gently to combine.
5. Add raisins and stir to combine.
6. Pour bread into greased loaf pan. 
7. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until lightly browned and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
8. Let cool for 20-30 minutes and enjoy.
Recipe and Photos by Keri Marino.
*Recipe edited on 3/13 to increase baking powder. Helps with rising capacity. 

Keri Marino is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher, Propmaker, and Yoga Therapist.  She owns and operates Yoga Unique LLC offering mobile Private classes, Yoga Therapy and Yoga props. Keri teachers both privately and publicly around the Greenville area. Check out more here: YogaUnique

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