Summer is coming to a close, fall is speedily approaching, and I am READY. Cooler temperatures, comfy clothes, and all of my favorite yearly traditions, including some good homemade baked goods.
One of my favorite things to bake in the fall is banana bread. It’s easy to make, it smells awesome, and it tastes amazing. I had some very ripe bananas that I needed to use up, but I wanted to find a good gluten free banana bread–I have a lot of all-purpose GF flour and I feel better when I don’t eat wheat, so after about 3 minutes of research, I settled on this recipe. It’s pretty similar to the recipe I normally use, it didn’t have any weird ingredients, and it includes chocolate chips!
I made this with my 3 year old who really enjoyed pouring and stirring the ingredients together, especially the chocolate chips. He and I ate some of this almost straight out of the oven and we both loved it! It tastes the same to me as my regular banana bread, and Little Man seemed to agree. My husband had some the next morning and loved it, too! I didn’t tell him it was GF, and he didn’t notice any difference at all. Since he is notoriously picky, this is a huge win for me! Since I prefer to eat GF, I’ll be using this recipe as my go-to banana bread!
Full disclosure–I am by no means claiming that this is “healthy” banana bread. It’s just GF, but it still has sugar and chocolate–please don’t eat this thinking that you can eat the whole loaf with no consequences to your waistline. You’re totally going to want to eat the whole loaf, by the way. It’s that good.
Can’t-Tell-The-Difference GF Banana Bread (from Primavera Kitchen)
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup all purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli Dark)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a large loaf pan to prevent sticking and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together banana, yogurt, egg, vanilla, oil, and brown sugar until completely blended and smooth. In a separate medium bowl, mix the baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and flour until completely blended. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until completely incorporated. Using a spatula, gently fold in the chocolate chips until mixed through. Put the batter in the greased loaf pan and bake for 50-60 min, until a knife/toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the bread is completely baked through.