Banana Bread Bake Off *Gluten and Dairy Free*

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Contestant #1 Rice flour banana bread from the book, YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT’S GLUTEN-FREE

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Contestant #2: Buckwheat flour banana bread from the blog of our March Book Club, JOYOUS HEALTH

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Banana bread is one of my all time favourite things to eat! I recently found out that I am sensitive to dairy and wheat, so I have been on the hunt for some gluten and dairy free versions of my favourite food. I was so happy when I found a gluten and dairy free loaf of banana bread at the supermarket, but that happiness was short lived because it was disgusting – it had a very weird chalky taste and texture. I felt deflated, thinking this was a nasty preview of my gluten-free future… but then my gluten-free fairy godmother invited me to bake with her, and these magical loaves were born!

It is #ThemeSongThursday, and since bananas are the stars of this post, it is only fitting that the theme song for these loaves of banana bread is Monkey Tree by Mother Mother! Enjoy listening while you check out the recipes!

1) YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT’S GLUTEN-FREE

Made with *rice flour*

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*Recipe has been slightly modified from the book. We used coconut oil instead of butter, and added less sugar.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 bananas mashed
  • 5 1/3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • chocolate chips (as much as you want!)

DIRECTIONS

Click on pictures for the directions.

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2) Joyous Health

Made with *buckwheat flour*

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Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour (you can use dark or light)
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Β½ tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • chocolate chips (Joy suggests using 1/2 cup, but use as much as you want!)

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2-3 tbsp real maple syrup

DIRECTIONS

Click on pictures for the directions.

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WINNER WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER…

Okay, so I can’t choose a winner, because they were both really good! However they do have their differences, which are outlined below:

1) YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT’S GLUTEN-FREE

PROS:

– both loaves were fluffy, but this one was the fluffiest

– this loaf tasted the most like regular (dairy and gluten filled) banana bread

CONS:

– even though rice flour is gluten free, it’s not really good for you (just as white rice isn’t good for you)

– this loaf has more sugar than the other one does

2) JOYOUS HEALTH

PROS:

– buckwheat flour is not only gluten free, but also quite good for you as it is full of fiber, protein and calcium. It also helps to balance your blood sugar.

– there is no refined sugar added, only maple syrup is used as a sweetener!

– it is very flavourful, I like the taste of the cardamom that was added

CONS:

– it tastes a like a healthier version of regular banana bread – but is still really good!

I will be making both of these again, and am so happy that banana bread can be added to the list of things that can still be delicious when made without dairy or wheat!

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