Fancy recipes with fancy names are all the rage these days. I will admit, I am guilty of trying to create recipes outside the box, or name them fancy names, however, sometimes there is just something special about the old fashioned recipes like grandma made. They are simple and sweet and everybody loves them. Come home with me and enjoy the recipes grandma or even mom used to make and enjoy my Gluten Free Old Fashioned Banana Bread wtih Crumb Topping.
My exchange student from Thailand was home visiting wtih our family and she loves bananas. There were a couple of very ripe bananas that she was about to throw away and I was like, NO!!!! She says they aren’t good when they get like that. I explained to her that they are wonderful in breads and muffins, so I taught her how to make Banana Bread.
Chances are you have some overripe bananas on your counter right now too! So before you throw them away remember they are delicious added in shakes. If you aren’t ready to use them, just peel them, slice them and place in sealed airtight container and put them in the freezer until ready to use. Then you can add them to smoothies, shakes or make this delicious Old Fashioned Banana Bread. In addition, bananas are an excellent source of potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamin b-6. Whenever, I use bananas, I always add 2 tsp. chia seeds too. No one will know they are in there, because they mimic the look of black flecks you see in ripe bananas and they add an extra portion of nutrients, omega-3’s to your baked goods or shakes. However, chia seeds are optional, so feel free to leave them out if you prefer.
For this recipe, it was my first time using my Le Creuset Bread Pan. I was so excited to see how it baked breads. It is a little smaller than a typical metal bread pan, so keep that in mind. So my bread batter filled the pan pretty full and it just barely didn’t overflow. This will probably not be the case with a regular bread pan. Nevertheless, it still baked up beautifully. So whenever making a bread with a crumb topping, I always place a piece of foil under the pan on a lower shelf and that way if any of that delicious crumble breaks off, it won’t burn on the bottom of your oven.
If you want to keep this bread on the “healthier side” just leave the crumb topping off. However, you will be missing my favorite part if you do. I have to have a piece of crumb with every bite, but that is just me.
Now for the recipe!
- 2 cups Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend Flour
- 1 ¾ tsp. xanthan gum
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- 2 tsp. chia seeds, optional