Monday, October 11, 2010

GF Banana Pumpkin Loaf with Coconut Flour

gluten free banana pumpkin bread with coconut flour
Smooth and Silky Banana Pumpkin Loaf With Coconut Flour

This Banana Pumpkin Bread made is  with coconut flour....don't have coconut flour? ..
 It is available at any health food store, and you have to try it. It makes a really special silky delicious loaf.
Recipe calls for coooked pumpkin or buy a can of organic               
I have been reading quite a few gluten free blogs who use coconut flour in their baking. I finally broke down and picked some up at the health food store. I tried my first recipe with it, and I must say I was more than delighted. 

The banana pumpkin bread came out a deep golden color, with a silky smooth texture, and was moist and creamy.  The recipe is egg free, milk free, and nut free. 
It tastes great just sliced, or toasted and topped with a little cinnamon and butter.  

Is it healthy? you bet! 

  •  Coconut flour is very high in fiber providing double the fiber of whole wheat flour and five times the amount of brown rice flour.  
  • According to an article in Natural News " Coconut flour also contains the fats that made coconut oil famous: medium chain triglycerides. These protective fats are antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal. As an added bonus, medium chain triglycerides have also been shown to boost the metabolism."
  • The recipe also contains bananas, pumpkin and raisins which add vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If you want the loaf less sweet, you can leave out the pure maple syrup.

I also noticed that this quick bread is filling. Most likely it is the high fiber content of the coconut flour that keeps you full.  So, fiber, boost to metabolism, vitamins and minerals, filling, and great taste- This recipe is a winner in my book.

Have a slice or two for breakfast with a nice relaxing cup of herbal tea.... 

1 and 1/2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup of lite organic coconut milk ( the kind from the can works really well. or use the coconut milk from the refrigerator case) or you can use regular milk if you prefer
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup cooked  pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup raisins( or chocolate chips optional )
1 cup coconut flour
3/4  cup ( non GMO)  corn flour ( or 1/2 cup corn flour and 1/4 cup corn meal for grittiness)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp of baking powder ( gluten free)
2-3 tsp cinnamon 

Mix wet ingredients in one bowl
Mix dry ingredients in another larger bowl.
Mix wet into dry ingredients mixing until smooth and creamy.
Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes-
the top starts to get lines and look cracked like in picture
(for muffins: about 20 minutes)

*** I use Rumford Baking Powder which is gluten free and aluminum free
**   The batter will be thick and won't rise alot,  but is still delicious

Step by Step With Pictures
Assemble Ingredients

Add Wet Ingredients Into the Dry and Mix Until Smooth

Bake In A Loaf Baking Pan (  I made three of these little ones)

The Recipe Makes Two of These Small  Bread Loaves  
Very moist and tasty. 

Don't have a loaf pan? Make 20 muffins.. it works just as well.

                                       Great for a quick healthy breakfast on the go ...

Enjoy the beautiful fall season 


  1. This looks yummy! I'm very new to GF cooking... Is it possible to substitute another flour for the corn flour? Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. Yes, you can substitute a different flour for the corn flour. I would use a blended gluten free flour mix. If you experiment, let me know how it turns out.

  3. Thanks for linking this to My Meatless Mondays. This is one of those recipes that is calling my name. You put in all my favorite ingredients. I hope, I can find time to make this, soon.

    My hubby is the gluten free member of the family but I love eating the food, I make for him. This sounds like one of those.

  4. The girls and I just made these - they are super yummy! We used regular wheat flour instead of corn flour b/c I have to keep Elyana on gluten right now. I didn't make the muffins so full so I could also make some mini muffins that I freeze and then pop in their lunch boxes for school. And of course we have to use some enjoy life chocolate chips in them. Yum!!! Thanks for the great recipe. I also love the idea of eating one for b'fast on the run.

  5. Hi Judee! I couldn't find your e-mail to reply to your question about my bread so I'm sorry to do it here. If you look at my first No-Knead post, I talked about a book by the "5 Minute Artisan Bread" authors called "Healthy Bread In 5 minutes". Here's the link to Amazon:

    They feature gluten free recipes. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Meant to also say this is a really neat recipe, especially for the fall... love seasonal recipes that really help you enjoy that time of year! :)

  7. Loving your blog! I'm also a gf'er and love finding others like myself :)

    Also- Wanted to invite you to share this recipe at a weekly event I host titled Seasonal Sundays (this recipe is quite theme fitting!)

    Happy Sunday!

  8. Brittany,
    Thanks for your comments and introducing me to your Seasonal Sunday. For sure I will be by and link a recipe..


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