Monday, February 20, 2012

Banana Bread {sans sugar}

**I posted about how I sell mixes for this banana bread... but forgot to add a link. Oops :) Just click here if you're interested!**

Let's talk about banana bread for a minute, shall we?
I believe it to be a truly essential baked good.
The ultimate in comfort food, a fresh loaf of banana bread can say
"I love you"
"I'm sorry"
"Feel Better"
"Good Luck"
and so much more.
It is perfect warm or cold, with chocolate chips or walnuts, buttered or not.

(This recipe is also GREAT as muffins!)
But what if you took out the gluten, dairy, eggs and sugar?
I'm glad you asked :)
Because it's wonderful!
I'll even dare to say that this delicious, wholesome banana bread might just be better than your mama's (but your secret's safe with me).
In fact my husband, who happens to be a gluten and dairy lover (& is not a big fan of banana bread), requests this often!
So without further ado...

Banana Bread {sans sugar}
This recipe is brought to you by my 5 day sugar fast. It's the one and only reason I'll survive ;)

-1 3/4 cup Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 TBSP flax meal
-1/4 cup spectrum organic shortening (or vegan butter)
-1/2 cup agave nectar
-1/4 cup vanilla coconut or soy milk
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 1/2 cups very ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
-optional: 1/2 cup walnuts or chocolate chips

-preheat oven to 350
-whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, xanthan gum, salt & flax (set aside)
-(in a separate bowl) with electric mixer cream: shortening or butter, agave, soy milk & vanilla
-mix in bananas
-add flour mixture slowly
-stir in optional ingredients
-bake in a greased loaf pan for 55 minutes OR muffin tin for 20 minutes

PS if you're looking for quicker and easier I also sell mixes for this bread. All you add is butter, agave and bananas :)

(Linking up here.)


  1. yumm, i have made this before and i love it

  2. I plan on sharing about your delicious banana bread this week!! it was awesome in fact, I would like to buy the mix from you if you have it available!

  3. Yum! That is so cool that you sell a mix for this :-)

    1. Thanks Justina! I just realized that I hadn't included a link so here it is if you'r interested :)

  4. Oh my gosh yum! Do you think it would be good with maple syrup in place of agave nectar? I have some to use :) Your header is making my sweet tooth scream at me!

    New follower :)

  5. yum, Ashley! Thanks for sharing gfree and vegan recipes-it's impressive and I'm learning so much.

    1. I'm glad you're enjoying them! Maybe we could do a baking day if we ever figure out a day that works :)

  6. Oh yummm! Banana bread is one my fave guilty I can enjoy it without the guilt!! ;)

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  7. Wow. This sounds SUPER delicious!!! I love that this recipe doesn't call for sugar - that's amazing. I'm going to have to try it!!
    Thanks so much for linking up, too!!! oxox

  8. yummy! I have another link up if your interested- it Kids in the Kitchen - you don't have to have a post about the kids in particular healthy and family friendly recipes to share with our families are just fine - hope you'll join us!

  9. I'm totally psyched that your recipe did not use almond flour! I almost didn't click on the link from Gluten-Free Wednesdays because I just "knew" that it wouldn't work for our family as most GF banana breads use either eggs or nuts. The only allergen I need to substitute is flax and chia seeds work perfectly. I will definitely be giving this one a try... especially since I just made some gluten-free flour mix this weekend! THANKS so much for posting!

    1. I'm so glad to hear it!! Can't wait to hear what you think :)

  10. A slice of this would have worked wonders with my coffee this a.m.! Thanks for sharing yet another yummy recipe:D

  11. I can bet it is totally delicious! Who needs sugar, eggs, and gluten to make good banana bread?! ha...I remember how daunting that used to seem...Thanks for sharing with us @ Allergy Free Wednesdays!

    1. haha SO true!! Thank you for hosting :) I love your link up!

  12. This looks great! I love banana bread and have been looking for a healthy vegan version to make. I'm pretty skilled when it comes to most kitchen endeavors... with the exception of baking. I can use all the help I can get! I will definitely be trying your recipes. Thanks, Love!

  13. Thanks for sharing this one on our link up for Kids in the Kitchen - it's one the whole family can enjoy :) We're linking every Tuesday - open all week until monday night if you'd like to keep linking- Thanks

  14. This looks awesome. I love using agave nectar! Thanks so much for hosting with the sweet spot! I love your blog and am your newest GFC and bloglovin follower. I'd love for you to visit my blog sometime! Have a great week!


  15. Thanks for sharing this delicious banana bread recipe! Can't wait to try it. We loved having you join us at "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters

  16. Fabulous project!!!
    Thank you for linking up, hope you will stop by my blog today and link up another great project...
    Claire xox

  17. The muffins and bread both look great. Thanks for participating in Gluten-Free Wednesdays. Please remember to leave a link back to my blog in your post. :)



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