Yes - those are chocolate chips. That's pretty much the only way I eat Banana Bread - with chocolate chips. They just seem to belong together. But for those of you nut fans, feel free to replace the chocolate chips with chopped nuts :-)
Bananas, waiting for sweet browns spots so they can be transformed into a Banana Bread. I do wish Ghiradelli or another fine chocolate company made mini-chips. Nestle is OK, but not my favorite brand of chocolate.
This was my third try (I seem to have a lot of third tries?) and my best, at a Gluten-free Banana Bread. The first was just short of a disaster. It was a very big loaf in a not-so-big loaf pan. It ended up being like...well...bread. With a banana taste. It was plain weird.
I learned a lot from that first one. The second one was closer, but the taste was a little off. Must have been the Vegenaise. It really doesn't have a place in banana bread after all. LOL.
So this last one I knew what I had to do to make it right. The nice thing about it too, is that it's relatively low-sugar. If you use really, really ripe bananas (which I would never eat by themselves - feh!), they naturally add sweetness, so you don't need lots of sugar.
OK - so that white stuff you see around the edge of the loaf pan - it's about a Tablespoon of sugar mixed with cinnamon. I just shake it into the pan after I grease it. It's not necessary, but it does add a nice little touch to the finished bread.
Notice the cracks on top of the finished loaf. A **must** for a properly baked, moist Banana Bread. Know what I mean?
So delicious. Must.put.half.in.the.freezer....quick.
Gluten-free Low-Sugar Banana Bread
- 2 cups Gluten-free flour blend (or your favorite GF blend)
- 1/2 cup Sugar (will try 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup Splenda next time)
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 tsp Xanthan Gum
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 3 very ripe medium Bananas, mashed (approx 1 1/2 cups)
- 1/3 cup Plain Fat Free Yogurt
- 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 oz Butter, melted and cooled slightly (6 Tbs)
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 - 3/4 cups chocolate chips (I used mini chips because they don't sink; use the lesser amount if you use regular size chips)
- 1 Tbs sugar + cinnamon to taste (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 5 loaf pan, and sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mix if desired.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum together with a whisk and set aside.
- In separate bowl, mix together mashed bananas, sugar, yogurt, slightly beaten eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing with a spatula to combine until just mixed.
- Fold in the chocolate chips (or nuts).
- Pour into prepared loaf pan, and bake 55 - 60 minutes, until toothpick comes out dry. Top of loaf should be golden brown.
- Cool in pan on wire rack at least 15 minutes. Then remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
Try really hard not to cut into it to eat until it is completely cooled (Ha Ha! Good luck with that!)