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Best Ever Banana Bread Recipe

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (115gms) soft butter or dairy-free substitute
  • ¾ cup (130gms) coconut sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 large very ripe bananas 1½ cups (350gms) of mashed banana
  • 2 cups (250gms) gluten free flour blend (or regular flour for non-gluten-free)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120ml) milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (40gms) raisins

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a large loaf pan - one that is 9 x 5 inches (23x13cm) or 10 x 4 inches (25x10cm) in size. Line it with a parchment paper sling that sticks up a bit on each side; make sure the ends of the pan are well greased.
  • Cream the butter and coconut sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the egg and beat until it is well incorporated.
  • Mash the banana (a potato masher makes easy work of this) and add it to the batter, beating well.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and mix well. Then add the milk and vanilla and beat until it is incorporated. Add the raisins and beat on low speed to stir them in.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then lift the loaf up using the sling, onto a cake rack to cool completely before slicing.
  • Makes 1 large loaf.

Notes

If you are not baking for a gluten free crowd, you can use regular flour to replace the gluten free flour.
My gluten free flour blend: I've changed the recipe slightly. I now add 2 tablespoons of potato flour (not potato starch) to each batch. I think it makes for a better texture.
Make sure your bananas are very ripe, with lots of brown spots on them, for the best natural sweetness to the loaf.