Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Best Banana Bread Ever {Without Dirtying a Single Dish} GF

I don't know how to explain to you how amazingly perfect this banana bread is. It's moist. It's sweet. The texture is flawless. It's quick. It's easy. And guess what the best part of all is. 


Sorry for the caps. I just... really hate dishes.

I haven't always had this perfect recipe. You see, it's my grandma's creation, perfected over decades. Only problem is, Grandma doesn't believe in measuring cups. 

I think we must be related. 

Whenever I called her for the recipe, she would say stuff like, "Add flour until it looks about like the consistency of ketchup, or maybe a little thinner."

Well, that's all fine and good if you know what "ketchup or maybe a little thinner looks like", and I can't blame her because if I didn't force myself to write down measurements every recipe on this blog would look like that. But...

I want my banana bread to be EXACTLY like Grandma's. 

So, one day, I went to Grandma's house, got out her recipe, and made her sit down and translate it with me. 

"I guess I usually use 3 bananas so you can cross out that 1 1/2 cups"

"Well, this says 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, but of course I add at least a teaspoon."

"Oh, I usually do about 1 cup of flour unless my bananas are extra big."

And now... the secret of the of the most perfect banana bread in all the land is MINE.

To make this banana bread even more perfect, I make it in a big plastic bag so I don't have to dirty a single dish or a spoon. The only things you have to dirty are one measuring cup and one measuring spoon. 

And if you're Grandma, you wouldn't have to dirty anything.

You can then snip the corner of the bag and squirt it right into the pan. Grandma and I sometimes use this pan which we both have which is a very non-standard 10 1/4 x 3 5/8 x 2 5/8  inches. If you happen to have this pan too, it takes about 45 minutes to bake. Grandma also lines it with tin foil so you don't have to clean the pan!

Sorry about this picture. Boots was the hand model and as you may or may not know, 8-year-old boys have a hard time holding still long enough for you to get a chance to focus the camera.
The Best Banana Bread Muffins Ever
Makes about a dozen muffins

3 brown bananas (1 cup mashed)
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup white rice flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable oil
 1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze (optional):
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon liquid (lemon juice, water, milk, etc.)

Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Get out a 1/2 measuring cup and a 1/4 teaspoon (these will be all you need to measure your ingredients).
In a large Ziploc bag, mash the bananas. Add the eggs, seal the bag, and shake and squish until combined. Add the sugar and mix well. Dump in the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Before zipping and mixing them all the way in, mix them together a little with your measuring spoon. Now add the oil* and vanilla and shake and squish until well combined.
Snip the corner of the bag and squeeze the batter into a lined muffin tin (if you don't want to clean the pan, line it with tin liners so the grease doesn't come through). Don't make the hole very big at all because the batter is very runny. Pinch the corner between each muffin.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
To make the glaze, just mix together the powdered sugar and liquid and spread over cooled muffins.

*I know it's not standard to add the oil last, but that's the only way I can use the same measuring cup since all the other ingredients you have to measure are dry. It works anyways.

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  1. This recipe sounds great. Can you substitute the sugar for something a little more healthy?like honey

    1. I subbed extra banana and a little extra flour and they turned out great

    2. My kids literally will hide bananas at the bottom of the fruit basket hoping they'll over-ripen to where they can ask me to make this. It truly is the best, Yammie: thanks!!! It's so good, that I can cut the oil and sugar in half without any loss of sweet flavor or moist texture. If you're looking to healthy up these muffins, I'd suggest giving it a try.

  2. Made these today and they were amazing! I will be making them again soon:-) Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. These turned out great, only problem was I only had enough batter for 11 muffins lol

    I so appreciate the only flour being white rice flour, too. So easy!

    1. Made them again today and my company loved them!

  4. Uh mazing making the second batch in a mini muffin tin now...yummmo. Also added pine nuts.

  5. Can you replace the rice flour with oat flour? Thanks

    1. Ive used oat floar it works perfectly fine, bit rougher than with rice but very good

  6. Also wondering about the flour... all I have is a gf cup for cup blend. Would that work?

    1. Yes i use that kind all the time. Always turns out great!

  7. Made a loaf, bake for 1 hr. 10-20 mins. Yammie and her Grammie are awesome! Thanks.

  8. Made this with what I had on hand this morning: coconut flour and turbinado sugar. Had to bake about 7-8 extra minutes but they are FANTASTIC! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Loved these! I replaced the sugar with a little less than 2/3 C pure maple syrup (as suggested in your subs). Otherwise followed to a T. Came out great!

  10. Wow, just made these and they are AMAZING!

  11. i just made these, and they are absolutely amazing! oh my, my new favorite treat! :) my bananas were small, so i used four, and i purposefully did not mash them up thoroughly, so my muffins have mushy chunks of banana in them. also (probably because of the extra banana), they're big. the tops are sweet and almost cookie-like. i can definitely see adding ginger, sweetening with honey or maple syrup, topping with walnuts... oh the possibilities! oh, thank you so much, i will be making these often!

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  13. Could I make this into a loaf?

    1. Sure!. Just bake at 350 until a toothpick comes out clean!

  14. I have made these over and over again. It's my party trick. Thanks for an amazing recipe. My gluten free existence has been made sweeter thanks to you. Oh...I use sticky rice flour and it makes for a great sticky, chewy taste.

  15. I know this post is years ago, but I just found the recipe and I loved it! So I adapted it for pumpkin bread by replacing the banana with pumpkin and I had been subbing: instead 1c of sugar I use 1/2c maple syrup & coconut oil for the veggie oil. Scrumptious!

  16. I bet that I have made this recipe at least 20 times or more over the past few years and it is good every single time! My family always asks for more! Thank you for giving us gluten free/dairy free goodies that take like our favorites before we were gluten/dairy free!

  17. Yup, it's as amazing as I first thought it would be. And I have over-ripe bananas in the kitchen. Yee haw.

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  18. best recipe ever!! i have tried others....and always come back to this one! thank you!

  19. best recipe ever!! i have tried others....and always come back to this one! thank you!

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