Here is the recipe I ended up using, as I did have to use a couple of substitutions. I highly recommend you go look at and follow the original recipe if you can, Karina really knows what she's talking about!
- 1 cup mashed very ripe (this makes a difference - my second batch were not as good due to the bananas being less ripe) bananas
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup sorghum flour
- 1/2 cup tapioca starch
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp cinnamon (I almost always use far more cinnamon than any recipe calls for, and always find that it needs it!)
- 1 cup smashed walnut pieces
Ready to be baked!
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 9" thick ceramic loaf tin with a piece of parchment paper. Grease the ends. (I used a Pyrex loaf tin as this was all that was available in stores locally, and it turned out fine - you just need a thick tin.)
- Mash the bananas with a potato masher, then mix with the sugar, eggs and oil until combined. If the sugar is old you may want to sieve it to remove stubborn lumps, and if it is fresh but still wants to stay in lumps I found that leaving it a few minutes to dissolve in the liquid before mixing again was effective.
- Add the flours, starch, flax seed, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, combine then add the vanilla and beat until a smooth sticky batter forms.
- Place the walnuts in a Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin, then stir into the batter by hand.
- Use a spatula to scoop the batter into the loaf pan and smooth the top out. You can put some whole walnuts on top for decoration if you like, but I really like the texture of the top crust of this bread so I did not.
- Bake on the center rack for 55 to 65 minutes, if necessary, until the center is done (a wooden cake tester should emerge clean). Ovens vary, so check the loaf at 50 minutes. My first loaf took 70 minutes, my second attempt took 60, but I think I should have left it in a few minutes longer.
- Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
Karina says that this banana bread stays moist overnight if tightly wrapped, but recommends that you wrap and freeze any extra slices if you will be eating them later than that. The first time I made this I was not able to find out if this was true or not - it was so good that my husband and I ate it all in the first day!
Can't wait to dig in!
Slightly sunken top.
This was also the recipe that I learned the trick to getting gluten free breads to rise - make sure your ingredients and your mix is at room temperature. I did not on my first attempt, and as you can see the top never really rose, and indeed sunk a little when I checked on it and had to leave it in the oven. But the second time, I was making two loaves, one of this recipe and one of zucchini bread (recipe review coming soon!) so I had to leave it on the side as I was mixing the second loaf. That was the only difference, and just look at the difference it made!
I will be posting a gluten free baking tips page soon as I learn more tricks to this. It really is a very different baking experience.
I would give this recipe 5 out of 5 stars - Perfect. This was my first attempt at baking a gluten free loaf, and I found it simple enough that I would recommend you do the same if you have not done so yet!