Let’s play a game. It’s called, “Can You Tell It’s Gluten Free?” Get excited, people!
First up: Gluten Free Coconut-Ginger Banana Bread. Take a good look…can you tell it’s gluten free?
The answer is no. No, you cannot. Game over. (Applause!)
OK, now that we’re done playing the lamest game ever, let’s talk about this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious banana bread (and the fact that I just spelled supercalifragilisticexpialidocious correctly on the first try! I did, I really did!). It’s sweet, it’s coconut-y, it’s gingery, it’s banana-y, it’s everything you dream about in a scrumptious quick bread…but without all the gluten.
And it’s true, folks – you really can’t tell it’s gluten free. The texture is just like a regular quick bread, with a moist, light and cakey crumb. The taste is just like a classic banana bread, but with the added tropical, fruity flavors of sweet coconut flakes and sugary, crystallized ginger. And survey from my trusted blind taste testers (a.k.a., friends and family) said before they knew it was gluten free, that it was undetectable. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. (Applause!) This gluten free bread recipe is one everyone can enjoy.
A few notes:
1) For those who don’t need to go gluten free, you can make this bread with regular all-purpose baking flour and just omit the xanthan gum (which often is used in GF baking as a binding agent).
2) For those who are baking this for a friend or family member who is allergic to gluten, be sure to use gluten free baking powder and keep all surfaces and utensils free of gluten while making this recipe.
3) Finally, do not fear the gluten free baking. Just be sure to use a high-quality gluten free all-purpose baking flour, and this quick bread recipe will be easy as pie… er, quick bread.
Don’t do gluten? No worries. Eating gluten-free is easy with decadent desserts like Cookie Brownie Bars, Lemon Lover’s Cupcakes and more free-and-easy treats.
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