I'm in a sharing mood today (which is rare!) so I want to give you my absolute favorite thing to bake at home on Christmas morning--the BabyCakes Banana Bread. It's an easy recipe to follow and pretty versatile. Throw in a big old handful of chocolate chips or blueberries if you're the type that lives dangerously! You really can't go wrong unless you add something like pickles?
A few things before you begin. As you know, I am into unscented coconut oil (be sure to melt it!) but you can substitute any other oil that you'd like, just make sure it's high quality because it truly makes a difference. Second, only fill the loaf pan you have at home halfway high with batter. You can scoop any leftover batter into muffin tins as a bonus! Finally, not all ovens are made alike. Baking times tend to be different from oven to oven so my best advice to you is to let the loaf bake for 20 minutes then check it. If it's still really jiggly in the center it has a long way to go. Once it firms up a bit, insert a toothpick in the center and when it comes out clean, it's ready to come out.
The banana bread keeps for about 5 days--I know this because I brought a loaf of it to Ireland and snacked on it with my sisters the whole time! We never got sick of it. By the way, most health food stores carry all the ingredients below but you can be luxurious and order them all on Amazon to be delivered (no judgement). Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
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1 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour (gotta be Bob's, no sub)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/3 cup oil
2/3 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup rice milk
2 tablespoons of good quality vanilla
1 1/4 cups mashed bananas
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush your loaf pan with oil and set aside.
In a medium bowl, measure in flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, cinnamon and whisk. Add oil, agave nectar, rice milk and vanilla and then mix again. Fold in bananas until nicely distributed.
Pour batter into loaf pan (only halway!) and set in the oven. After 20 minutes, check on the loaf and continue baking until it passes the toothpick test. Remove from oven and cool for 30 minutes.