25 Jun 2013

Chocolate Nut Banana Bread (Gluten-Free)

I had some sad news at the end of last week and when Sunday morning came round and I was in definite need of some comfort food.  One of my favourite things in the world is banana bread and will always remind me of being at my parents' house, which is totally what I needed.   I had some very ripe bananas lying around so I thought I'd just have at it. The only difficulty when it comes to banana bread is trying not to eat it all on the first day.

My mind was clearly off on a holiday somewhere as I attempted to prepare my photographs in the normal Peppermint Pencil format, as firstly I forgot salt and then as I'd already started mixing ingredients I realised I had completely forgotten to photograph the butter.  It's a good job I have a link to the recipe I based this one on, or this post would have been a complete disaster.

Please forgive me for being a little less coherent than usual.

What you will need:
285g gluten-free plain flour (I used Dove's Farm)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
110g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
225g caster sugar
2 free-range eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed (I used 3 because mine were on the large side!)
85ml buttermilk (or normal milk mixed with 1½ tsp lemon juice or vinegar)
1 tsp vanilla extract
40g walnut pieces
40g milk chocolate chips

Based on recipe via: BBC

Preheat your oven to 180ºC and grease a loaf tin (or use a paper liner like I did which I sprayed with a little bit of cake release spray) and set aside.  Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl, then in a separate bowl cream together the sugar and butter.  To the sugar and butter, add the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined.  Then fold in the flour and finally add the walnut pieces and chocolate chips.

Transfer to the prepared loaf tin and place in the oven for an hour or until a skewer when inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack.  Leave to cool then you can scoff the lot!

So two days later and the banana bread is all eaten up.  I absolutely love it with the addition of nuts and chocolate, but I suppose that's to be expected!

Have a great day!


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