Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Baking Therapy: Banana (Walnut) Bread

I put my comfy clothes and slippers on, turn on my music (usually shuffle which will include anything from Xavier Rudd to David Gray to UB40 to Willy Nelson and just about everything in between) prop up my trusty electronics (iPhone, iPad & MacBook)- thank you Steve Jobs- and begin referencing several different recipes to decide which route I want to take and how I should make it my own.

I love to bake banana bread because bananas tend exhibit a very powerful flavor and I feel like I'm being healthy when I eat it ;)

This is a pretty basic recipe and is gluten/dairy free:

2 cups Gluten-free all-purpose flour (I've been using Gluten Free Pantry)
1/2 cup sugar (I use organic cane)
1 tsp.  baking soda
Dash of sea salt
Dash of cinnamon (or two :))
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup of honey
2 eggs
1/4 cup applesauce
Tsp of Vanilla
1/4-1/2 cup crushed walnuts (optional)


Combine dry ingredients together and mix well in a medium bowl (minus the walnuts). Combine wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Slowly add the dry ingredients. Once all ingredients are well blended, add-in the walnuts. Grease the loaf pan (I use coconut oil) and bake at 350 for about 50-60 minutes (At around 40 minutes, I cover with foil as to not dry out the bread through the remainder of the time).

I could have taken this out a few minutes earlier at about 55 minutes but it still turned out pretty awesome... Enjoy ;)

-Sunshine Girl

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