Thursday, 20 December 2012

Gluten Free Banana Bread

Due to Popular Demand I am posting the Gluten Free Banana Snack Cake recipe that I make.


Banana Snack Cake perfect for an after school or lunchbox treat.


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This recipe is adapted from the original recipe from the "Close up on Cakes" book published by Rizzoli New York, Edited by Suzie Smith.  Since I avoid wheat as much as I can I have made a version that does that, and if Buckwheat and Coconut flour are Gluten free, then I guess that makes this Gluten free. It is not sugar free unless you use Coconut Palm sugar and Stevia. To make this a nut-free snack be sure to use sunflower seeds instead of the ground almonds.


Makes one loaf

 125 g Cream Cheese
1/4 cup /125 g Butter, at room temperature
 1 cup Coconut Palm sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar plus 1/4 scant cup powdered Stevia
2 Large Eggs ( I did not have eggs this time so used flax seed "egg")
2 -3 Ripe bananas, mashed
2 Cups Gluten Free Flour (You can either use a store bought mix, or what I used was 1 cup coconut flour and 1 cup buckwheat flour)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup ground sunflower seeds (If you are not worried about it being a nut-free snack you can use ground almonds, but sunflower seeds are cheaper and you can grind them in your coffee grinder.)

I do not ice the cake but the original recipe calls for Cream cheese icing , but I omit that.


  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter your loaf pan.
  2. Measure all the dry ingredients (including ground sunflower seeds or ground almonds) and set aside in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat the cream cheese, butter and "sugar" until smooth, scraping sides of bowl.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time or flax seed.
  5. Stir in the mashed bananas and add the dry ingredients.
  6. Spoon into your loaf pan and bake until toothpick comes out clean, approx 55 - 60 minutes.
  7. Cool on wire rack and try not to eat all of it before it cools! 
I serve it warm slathered with butter, and tuck a slice in to the lunches.

What is your favourite after school or lunchbox snack? 
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