Some things I really appreciate this week: new library books, the baby in bed with us on weekend mornings, getting things done while dinner bakes, no tv nights, and this banana bread. This, my friends, is my favorite coconut flour recipe to date.
I had prepared myself that this loaf might not turn out like true banana bread... could I really swing an authentic banana bread on my special diet? I wasn't sure. But I had to go for it.
Happy to report, this banana bread is delightful. Most importantly, it's moist. And dense! It even has a glazey kind of crust on top. Mellow-sweet and cut into thick slices, it reminded me of pound cake. The coconut taste is barely there, and the cinnamon brings out the banana flavor without being intense. I usually prefer my banana bread cold (weird?) but you must eat this hot out of the oven. I fell in love.
Coconut Flour Banana Bread
adapted from Nourished and Nurtured
GAPS friendly, grain and gluten free
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
3/4 tsp. sea salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
Melt butter or coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Turn off heat and allow to cool slightly. Add the honey to the warm butter (or oil) and stir to combine. Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk eggs until frothy with a hand mixer, about 1 minute. To the eggs, add salt, vanilla, and butter-honey mixture and mix well. Measure out coconut flour and, while holding a strainer over the bowl, add it to the wet ingredients and blend until thoroughly combined and there are no lumps. (while I normally skip sifting, coconut flour likes to clump, so I do take an extra minute to do it here.) Add mashed banana and cinnamon and mix well.
Pour batter into a generously greased loaf pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes to an hour. Let cool for 10 minutes before sneaking a piece, if you can stand the wait. Enjoy warm from the oven with lots of butter. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container.
coconut flour banana bread, in my favorite loaf pan
and i haven't forgotten about all of you lovely wheat-eaters! here's a link to my favorite banana bread recipe with regular wheat flour :) it's delisch.