Saturday, April 2, 2011

Gluten Free Banana Bread

Not only is this a great gluten free bread, it's a great gluten free banana bread.
And what makes it even better?
The title is Coconut Lime Banana Bread
Throw two more wonderful ingredients and you get a masterpiece:
(yep, that's toasted coconut on the top!)

This recipe is all over the internet, but there wasn't a gluten free version.  I found the gluten-full recipes here and here and modified it and we have a great bread/cake/breakfast/dessert/potluck/way to use old bananas recipe.
This is a keeper.

Gluten Free Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze

2 cups GF mix
2 t. xanthan gum
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3/4 rounded cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas, about 3
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt (plain yogurt will give a slight tangy taste)
3 T. apple juice
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 cup + 1 T. coconut flakes

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 T. lime juice

Mix together the eggs, butter and sugar on medium speed for about 1 min or until creamy.  
Add the mashed bananas, yogurt, apple juice, vanilla, coconut.
Mix until blended.
Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until moist.

*Now, I like to use a bunt pan and make this more of a cake.  But you can use whatever you like: 8x8 cake pan, loaf pan, bunt, whichever shape suits your fancy.*

Spray the pan with cooking spray and if using a bunt pan, sprinkle the coconut in the bottom, then pour in the batter.  If you are using a different shaped pan, spray, pour in the batter and top with coconut.

*Now, I'll be honest...I don't measure the 1 T. coconut.  I just sprinkle on what I want and I think (ok, I know) it's more than 1 T. but I love coconut!*

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes if using a bunt or cake pan or 1 hour if using a loaf pan.

Next make the glaze.  You want to put the glaze on while the bread is still hot.  Mix together the lime juice and powdered sugar.  You want to have a runny consistency to make it easily pourable.
When the bread is done, cool for 5 minutes in the pan.
Remove from pan, and pour the glaze over the top letting it dribble down the sides.  

Serve to everyone you know.  You won't regret it.

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