Banana bread is a simple homey pleasure. It's also easily modified to suit what you have on hand or feel like including. This gluten-free recipe calls for brown rice flour and potato starch, but an all-purpose gluten-free mix, regular all-purpose flour, or some combination of unbleached white, whole wheat pastry and buckwheat flours would all work. You can use all sugar—light, dark, refined, cane—or substitute honey, maple syrup, agave or molasses as you wish. Raisins are lovely, but dried cranberries, goji berries, chopped dates, dried apricots or figs would be equally so. Leave out the nuts, or try pecans, peanuts, macadamias or pistachios. Use butter or olive oil instead of the coconut butter. Other possible mix-ins: dried coconut, carob or chocolate chips, crystallized ginger, citrus zest, marmalade. Restrain yourself to 2 or 3 that complement each other.
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  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup light muscovado
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • cup potato starch
  • cup brown rice flour


1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 9"x9" or loaf pan.
2. In a medium bowl, sift dry ingredients together.
3. In a separate, larger bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and beat well. Add in maple syrup, then oil, mixing well.
4. Add flour mixture alternately with the banana to egg mixture, stirring to incorporate well. Mix in flax, fruit and nuts.
5. Pour batter into pan. Sprinkle top with turbinado sugar. Bake for 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.


I learned a nice trick for banana bread from the Blackbird Bakery cookbook. You roast the bananas, skins on, for 15 minutes, being sure to prick them with a fork first so they don't burst. This adds an extra dimension to the flavor of the bread. It's not an essential step, but what's an extra 15 minutes in the grand scheme of things? Take your time.

Baked Goods, Breads, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
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