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Banana Bread

I had a few very ripe bananas in my kitchen and decided to make banana bread this afternoon.

This banana bread is very tasty and so moist, no one will even know it’s gluten free!  The flavor and texture are both excellent I really think you will enjoy this recipe!
Ingredients: 
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup butter
2 eggs
¼ cup water
1 cup mashed bananas
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
½ cup chocolate chips, raisins or walnuts (optional)
For this recipe I used a little more than 1 cup bananas and I added an extra teaspoon of cinnamon. 
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Grease one 9x5x3 inch load pan.
3. In a medium bowl, beat the sugars and butter until smooth and creamy. Beat in the eggs, water, banana, vanilla and almond extract.
4.  In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add this mixture to the wet mixture.
5. If you are using chocolate chips or nuts mix those in and then pour into loaf pan.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes. You may need a little more time but I hate when my breads are too dry so. I would check it at 30 minutes, as every oven is different
7. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. 
I usually add nuts or chocolate chips to my banana bread but I wasn’t in the mood today. It’s almost Valentine’s Day so I am trying to hold off on eating too much chocolate until Tuesday.

Low Fat Gluten Free Banana Bread

I had a few bananas in my fridge that were begining to turn brown so I decided to make my favorite, gluten free banana bread. I love this recipe and I always sprinkle a little extra cinnamon and nutmeg on the top before I put the bread in the oven. This recipe calls for half of the sugar and fat used in most banana bread recipes I have made before. But it is still moist and sweet, no one would even know the difference! For extra sweetness add chocolate chips and if you like a crunch add nuts! Sometimes I even add both, I make half a loaf with chocolate chips for my mom and half with walnuts, which I love. Sometimes I substitute the chocolate chips and walnuts for raisins.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup brown rice flour
• 1/3 cup tapioca flour
• 2 Tablespoons flax seeds
• 3 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp nutmeg
• 1 tsp ginger
• 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 3 over-ripe bananas (should equal at least 1 1/2 cup of mashed banana)
• 1/4 c sugar
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or chocolate chips (optional)
• 1/3 cup melted butter
• 2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Grease a medium sized bread pan

Mix together all the dry ingredients except for sugar

Add the chopped nuts or chocolate chips if you are using them.

Mix the wet ingredients, including the bananas and the sugar. Use a food processor or electric mixer, which I use and it works just fine. If you don’t have one of those, mash the bananas, then whisk in the other wet ingredients

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix lightly with just a few strokes

Pour the mixture evenly into the greased bread pan. I always sprinkle a little extra cinnamon and nutmeg on top before I place it in the oven

Bake for 40 min, middle of the oven, until browned & a toothpick comes out clean. The first time I baked it for 45 minutes and it came out a little drier than I would have liked. I reduced the cooking time by 5 minutes and the bread was a little bit more moist. Another way to mositen the mixture if you do not have enough bananas is to add a little bit of water to the wet ingredients.

Cool on a rack in the pan for 5 minutes, then take it out of the pan and let it cool on a cooling rack. I love to eat this when it is still warm with just a tad of butter!