I was SO happy to find this banana bread recipe on my Secret Recipe Club blog assignment for this month. I’ve been dying to find a banana bread recipe that looked like it would be easy to make gluten free and refined sugar free and decided this was it. Thank you Chris and Rachel from The Keenan Cookbook (my secret blog). This is perfect. NO ONE would ever know this is gluten free. I also made it with coconut sugar and you can’t tell. Perfect for me. My silly boys, who love banana bread, turned up their noses and wouldn’t even try it when I told them it was gluten free. This is my way of hoarding the loaf for myself. I savored it for days. Because of the bananas and the apple and some applesauce, this bread is nice and moist and the walnuts I added were a perfect crunch.
Banana Apple Bread (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free), adapted by Katrina, Baking and Boys! from The Keenan Cookbook (Check out the link for their “unadapted” recipe.)
1 3/4 cup gluten free flour blend (I used Premium Gold ancient grains blend, found at Costco)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon unsulphured molasses
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 large eggs
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large bananas, mashed
1 medium apple, peeled and finely grated
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped and lightly toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread some coconut oil evenly in a 9x5 bread pan (I also love putting nonstick foil in the pan first, but still usually coat it with coconut oil, you can spray with cooking spray, too). You can also make this batter in to muffins, spread oil in each muffin cup. Set aside. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Whisk together. In another bowl, combine the sugar, molasses and coconut oil. Stir together until well combined. Add the eggs and applesauce and stir to combine. Stir (or whisk) in the almond milk and vanilla. In a another bowl with a fork, or small food processor, add the bananas and pulse until mashed into a puree. Add the bananas to the wet ingredients and grate the apple into the bowl. Stir to combine. Fold in the walnuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let bread sit on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, then carefully turn the bread out onto the wire rack to cool completely.
I love banana anything.
Instead of bread, I usually make muffins because they bake so much faster, which means you can be eating banana bread sooner. So I tried that with this recipe. Great muffins!
I made the bread weeks ago and the muffins just last week. I have more bananas on the counter, ready and waiting to make this bread again soon!
Mmmm! THEN just because I like looking at cookies on blogs and because my family is “suffering” with my new health changes with my baking less (poor, poor family), I saw the Keenan’s also posted their favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe and I had to make that—for my family and because it was chocolate chip cookies.
I didn’t even taste them, but they were gone in a day or two. They are definitely simple to make. Rachel has taken the original Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie recipe and added an extra cup of flour, which is think is brilliant because I’ve never cared for the Nestle recipe (still love the company and Ruth Wakefield and her invention of the chocolate chip cookie). I’ve always thought the cookies turn out too flat and a bit greasy. I know many like their chocolate chip cookies that way, and that’s fine. But what a simple idea and an easy way to make a thicker, soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie—just add a little more flour.
Thank you, Rachel, for that idea. I didn’t change a thing from her adapted Nestle recipe, so get it at The Keenan Cookbook. I really enjoyed their blog. They both share in the cooking and baking, she photographs the recipes and he writes up the posts, sharing their yummy recipes and their thoughts about being parents to two little boys. Hey, I know a thing or two about that times two. ; )
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