Friday, March 21, 2008

Banana Bread ~ Gluten Free & Whole Grain

I made this right before my son got the flu and we left for Disney. This bread was fabulous; whole grain and easy. I used the flour combination I love, teff, sweet sorghum, and brown rice. Also, I forgot to put xanthan gum in this recipe, and it really didn't need it, so add some if you wish, but the bread stayed moist and together without it. I was thinking of giving the second loaf away to a friend, but my family demolished one loaf in less than 10 minutes. We had the next loaf for breakfast the next day. I served it with honey butter, yum.

I have made it again (I swear my husband let some bananas go brown on purpose!!), and cut some of the sugar out. Try it as written first; then cut out sugar to your taste. My children are used to not having much sugar, so they can tolerate a decent cut. When I make it, I use 3/4 cup sugar.

Banana Bread

4 bananas
5 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 container sour cream (8 ounces)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup sweet sorghum flour
1/2 cup teff flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1 cup walnuts/ chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven 325 degrees. Combine dry ingredients. In separate container mix wet (including sour cream). Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until just combined, fold in nuts or chocolate chips if using. Divide into two 8.5 X 4.5 loaf pan. Bake 1 hour, or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool and cut, if you can wait. (we didn't!!) Makes 2 loaves.


Other banana bread recipes to check out:
Karina's (of Gluten Free Goddess fame) Egg Free & Dairy Free Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
Natalie's (of Gluten Free Mommy fame) Banana Bread
Carrie (of Ginger Lemon Girl fame) Whole Grain Banana Nut Muffins


Anonymous said...

Tried it this morning & my son who'll be 5 on Tuesday & gluten-free since 16 months old loves it! Cut the white sugar back to 1 cup. Didn't have any teff flour so I used the GF flour mix I had on hand.
One question, is the brown sugar supposed to be brown rice flour?

Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF) said...

Anon ~

Thank you!! That was a typo, I guess I shouldn't try typing a recipe with my children running around!

I fixed it now, and thanks again for letting me know. :) I am so glad it worked for you.

Have a great day!!

Beth said...

This looks great! I have yet to try teff flour but am looking forward to it.

Carrie said...

Banana bread must be on the brain! I've got two banana bread recipes i'll be posting soon too!! This looks delicious! I'm amazed that it worked so well for you without the xanthan gum! Makes me want to try it that way! I really don't like using so much of that stuff!

CeliacChick said...

Where do you buy your sorghum? I've always bought mine online. I was disappointed not to find it at my Whole Foods last week. *sigh*

Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF) said...

Beth ~ I love teff flour. It is a nutritional powerhouse, and I think it has a silky texture. Let me know how you like it.

Carrie ~ Let me know when you put it up, and I will link it here too. Banana bread is such a comfort food. :) I will be excited to see your recipes. :)

CeliacChick ~ I get mine at my local health food store. I wonder if your Whole Foods would order some for you. I have asked and I didn't have to buy in bulk. :)

Anonymous said...

I just read your bacon entry. Ha ha! I've been waiting my whole life for bacon to fall into the "health food" category! I think the moment has arrived!

Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF) said...

Kaysdays ~ You made me chuckle this morning! Thanks for the comment, and the smile.

Bacon = YUM!

Natalie said...

SM- Thanks for the mention! Your pictures are always beautiful. I love the snow in the background. Your bread sounds wonderful!

Karina said...

Hola SM! Your banana bread sounds too yummy. Wish I could still handle sour cream. And eggs. And hey- thanks for the shout-out! You're very sweet. xoxo

Anonymous said...

What size container of sour cream? They come in different sizes and the wrong size could mess it up big time!

Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF) said...

Anon ~ You are very right!! 8 oz.

Half of an 16 oz container. :)

So sorry..thanks for correction.

Have a great day!!

Mrs. G. F.

Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF) said...

Karina ~ Always think of you!! I should add that it is egg free and dairy free as well... I will fix that as well..
:) xoxo
Slacker Mom

debby said...

i love to shop at they have all kinds of healthy and natural kosher food and snacks. the stuff is fresh and low prices.
seeya, debby
btw i used a coupon bldc08 try it
also try using agave syrup instead of sugar its awsome

Shauna said...

Yum!! You should submit this recipe to the Moist Banana Bread Contest:

Winner gets a $50 gift card to Sur La Table!!



Janelle said...


Looking forward to trying this recipe. Do you have any suggestions for Teff flour - don't believe we can get it in Australia?

montanamama said...

Hey, I made this today w/some changes -- subbed pecan meal for some of the flour (only had brown rice flour, used the 3/4 cup sugar as mentioned, and used 1 cup of the solid part of coconut milk as a substitute for the sour cream. It was yummy!! Even my dh, who eats gluten, really liked it! Thanks!!

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Dazy said...

I'm trying this today. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

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