EASY Gluten Free Banana Bread

Happy Valentine's Day!!! I hope everyone had a day filled with love and chocolate. Mine started with Starbucks and ended with cupcakes so mine was great!

This is my first V-day as a married lady! My hubby and I decided to not spend much money this year because we have everything we could possibly need and we are saving up for a vacation this summer. However, I did not want to just do nothing. I came across the perfect card while grocery shopping (less than $1 at Aldi!) and I was trying to think of something else I could do for my sweet hubby. A few days ago my husband, who must eat Gluten-Free for his health, mentioned how much he misses banana bread. This gave me the perfect idea! I did some research, skipped a banana in my oatmeal for a few days so they could ripen and got to baking!

Figuring out Gluten-Free baking can be very tricky. GF dough tends to fall apart and have a grainy texture. I have been experimenting with different flours and mixtures and finally settled on Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 GF Flour as the best option. I made a few other adjustments to help the consistency such as an extra egg to help it stick together and an extra teaspoon of milk for added moisture. Below is my recipe- it was super easy and I baked it after arriving home from class in less than an hour.

Gluten Free Banana Bread

  • 2 cups of Gluten Free flour (I use Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1)
  • 3-4 very ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 1/2 sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking poweder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 cup of chocolate chips (optional)

1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease/butter a 9x5" loaf pan. Set it aside. 

2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a kitchen aid mash the bananas. Next, add in the softened butter and sugar- cream the mixture. Stir in eggs, milk and vanilla. 

3. In a separate bowl (or large measuring cup for easy pouring), mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add gradually into the wet banana mixture, mixing as you go. 

Add chocolate chips last if you elect to do so. 

4. Pour batter into the greased/buttered loaf pan. 

5. Bake in the fully preheated oven for 50-55 minutes. Check with a toothpick to see if it is done- if the toothpick comes out clean, it's done! 

6. Allow to cool in loaf pan for 10 minutes. 

7. Serve warm with a dollop of butter. Enjoy!

There you go! Just that easy! The prep is only about 10 minutes, bake for 50-55 and enjoy! I love this because it does not taste Gluten-Free. 

My husband was very happy with his baked V-day surprise. He returned the favor and brought me roses, cupcakes and an adorable mug. 

We had steak for dinner and watched a movie (Deepwater Horizan- I highly recommend. Gives the story of what really happened at the BP Oil Spill). Just another low key night with my favorite person. Married life is the bomb. 

Also, Annie our rescue pup was in the V-day mood. How cute is she?

Happy Valentine's day all!

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