Monday, October 2, 2017

Gluten Free Banana Cinnamon Bread




Make this delicious flowerless banana bread by hand in just a half hour including baking! 
Gluten free baking just got healthier and easier!

Although this recipe is healthy enough to serve for breakfast, when you add chocolate chips it becomes a rich and decadent dessert. 
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My daughter in law, Wendy, made this moist and delicious gluten free banana bread to bring to a family gathering. Both gluten free and non gluten free guests were thrilled with the taste and texture of this simple homemade cake/bread that can be whipped together rather quickly.

This recipe doesn't call for unusual ingredients. In fact, it calls for just a few common ingredients that most people have on hand. In addition no mixer is needed, just a large spoon and bowl. 


Got ripe bananas that will go bad? 
How often do you have ripe bananas that will go bad if you don't use them immediately? 
This recipe calls for 3 ripe bananas and can be made baked in 20-25 minutes. 


Breakfast Quick Bread

Since the ingredients are so healthy, you could feel good eating it for snacks or even breakfast if you leave out the chocolate chips. For breakfast I substitute raisins or dried cranberries for the chocolate chips. 



Consider this recipe a keeper because this is one of those recipes that you will like to keep on hand to make over and over again.  Seriously, everyone who tastes it - loves it.. 



Kids love it too and you can feel good serving them this recipe made from oatmeal and bananas! 



Freezes well too
Also, it freezes well-So you can keep a loaf in the freezer for when company drops by!

This basic recipe is versatile- if you don't want to use bananas , this recipe will also make zucchini bread, sweet potato bread, pumpkin or even apple cake bread!


Basic Recipe Can Makes a Variety of Breads

Instead of 3 bananas use: 

Use 1 zucchini shredded  or 2 carrots shredded+ 1/4 cup almond milk + omit pumpkin spice 
Use 1 cooked sweet potatoes or carrots ( steamed and peeled) 
Use 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree ( canned) or make your own pumpkin puree
2 cups of sliced apples + 1/4 cup almond milk + omit pumpkin spice and add 1 teaspoon vanilla


Oats need to be certified Gluten Free
**  Please Note: Only certified gluten free oats are gluten free-  ( I get certified gluten free oats at Trader Joes for a very reasonable price) ** 

recipe: 

Ingredients: 
3 ripe bananas, mashed 
2 cups of certified gluten free oats
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup of maple syrup 
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice ( make your own spice recipe)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of chocolate chips

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
In a mixing bowl and with a large spoon, mix the mashed bananas with the beaten eggs. Add the gluten free oats, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and baking soda. Mix and then add in the chocolate chips ( or substitute raisins, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, etc.) till smooth. 
Spoon into a greased loaf pan and bake for 20- 25 minutes till toothpick inserts in clean.

***If making a variation, add the almond milk to the wet ingredients first.

After bread cools, keep this moist bread refrigerated. 






25 comments:

  1. This recipe looks great, Judee! I love the idea of using all oats and no flour. Hope everyone uses certified gluten-free purity protocol oats if they eat gluten free for medical reasons. Can't wait to make this bread. Will report back. :-)

    Shirley

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    1. Yes, I'm glad that you mentioned it again- it is so important to only use certified gluten free oats.

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    2. Thanks, Judee. I'm not sure how familiar some reading are with the "gluten-free" oats issue. Even "certified gluten-free" oats can be sorted oats now--i.e., oats that are "regular" oats that have been mechanically sorted to remove gluten grains. This sorting leaves some gluten grains in the "gluten-free" oats and the testing currently used is often an "averaging" of results, which leads to gluten hot spots, so to speak. That's why purity protocol oats--oats that have been grown in dedicated fields, processed on dedicated equipment, and processed in dedicated facilities are so very important. Then those oats that have been truly gf from start to finish are certified gluten free so there's no doubt that they're safe. So many believe they react to even gluten-free oats but, in reality, they're most likely having a gluten reaction to sorted oats that still contain gluten via "hot spots." Thanks so much for allowing me to explain the true situation. I don't think that the majority of folks in the gf community understand this reality.

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    3. Shirley,
      Thank you for this clarification- is there a brand that you use that you feel is safe?

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    4. Judee, I use GF Harvest at glutenfreeoats.com (they're also available on Amazon). They are a family operation and fully committed. The son in the family, Forrest Smith, is celiac (diagnosed at age 2) and started growing truly gluten-free oats as a high school Future Farmers of America project. Later, more family members were diagnosed with celiac and the project ultimately became the family business. I have been so very impressed with the Smiths and their oats from the moment I learned about them!

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  2. I've made banana bread before but I love you list all the variations. Takes out all the guesswork.

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    1. Carol,
      Yes it is a basic recipe that can be made in a variety of tastes and flavors

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  3. This is so delicious!!! I just made it and my family loved it!!! I sprinkled extra cinnamon on the top and added some extra chocolate chips on top too.

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  4. I am so glad you enjoyed it Wendy. It is a wonderful recipe

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  5. Reporting back to say that this recipe is terrific, Judee! I made two mini loaves. Going to share one with my mom tomorrow. :-) Thanks again!

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    1. so glad you enjoyed it Shirley- I appreciate you letting me know that you made it.

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  6. What a great basic recipe -- I love it that you gave variations. We have family and friends who are GF, so I love having a few good recipes I can make for them.

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  7. It is such a tasty recipe and easy- but as Shirley pointed out it is imperative that the oats be certified gluten free for those who need to eat GF--- again Trader Joe's sells GF oats for a reasonable price

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  8. I love banana bread so I may give this a try.

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    1. Vicki,
      You will love this. It's so moist and tasty and easy to make

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  9. Banana and cinnamon - great combo! Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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    1. Carole,
      It also has chocolate with the cinnamon and banana

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  10. Sounds like a good alternative to regular banana bread. I'm visiting from Weekend Cooking.

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    1. Linda,
      It is regular banana bread but it just happens to be GF- it is fabulous

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  11. We love banana bread! Thank you for sharing your recipe! That's cool that it is gluten free!

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    1. I know banana bread seems to be a favorite . There are so many variations and recipes

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  12. This looks delicious Judee, I would love to make this with my Daughter :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays last week. I will feature your post today on the blog hop.

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    1. Yes, it would be wonderful for your daughter as a healthy gluten free snack

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  13. What a lovely recipe, Judee, and what a sweet photograph of your grandson! I really like the cinnamon/chocolate additions to the recipe. Sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page later today. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link party. Wishing you a lovely week ahead!

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    1. Thank you April for hosting the party and giving us the opportunity to have a place to link our recipes.

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