Eat | Gluten Free Banana Loaf

I love lazy Sunday mornings, and I love a good Sunday brunch too. Whether it’s smoked salmon and smashed avocado down at my local coffee shop or it’s a homemade breakfast of pancakes, lazy Sundays are great.

Sometimes the breakfast at home option takes up half your day, by the time you’ve run down to the shops to buy bacon and eggs, made up a pancake batter and then cooked it all.  So it’s good to have something that is quick to prepare and quick to cook, that way it gets in your belly much faster, which is really the aim of the game here, but allows you to get on the with the rest of your day.

I therefore introduce you to this Banana Loaf.  It takes 5 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to bake. Quick, easy and delicious, if you’re super prepared you can make it on Saturday afternoon, to give yourself a longer sleep in on Sunday.

I use coconut flour, because I like that it’s high in protein, low in carbohydrates and yes it’s gluten free.  You can use whichever flour you prefer.  I chose rice malt syrup to sweeten the loaf, but honey or maple syrup will work just as well.  And if you’re feeling like you want to indulge, I imagine some chunks of dark chocolate would be amazing in this loaf.

The Boy Next Door is a little unsure about anything that says ‘Gluten Free’ on the label, it’s like trying to convince a child to eat their vegetables.  He’s all for supporting me being GF, but when I say ‘here have a taste!’ he will find any excuse to say no.

Last week I made this loaf, in muffin form, and told him to have a taste.  He knew they were gluten free.  He told me he didn’t like them.  Yesterday, he spotted the banana loaf on the kitchen counter and asked if he could try some.  I didn’t mention it was GF.  He ate a piece.  I then told him it was GF.  He ate another piece.  I then told him it was the exact same recipe of the muffins I’d made the week before.  He didn’t believe me.  My point is, just because something says it’s gluten free, even if you can eat gluten, why not live on the edge and try something different like this loaf with coconut flour.  It is delicious, I promise.

If you’re making this for Sunday brunch, I would consider toasting it under the grill and smearing with a little butter, or topping it with Greek yoghurt, berries and maple syrup.  Now get going, the ingredients you need are below, start making your shopping list….

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas (mashed)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or rice malt syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, mashed bananas, honey and coconut oil.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
  • Pour into a baking paper lined loaf tin and bake for 20-25 minutes at 176°c, or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.

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