This ultra moist banana bread recipe incorporates some of the best Autumn flavors, and is a delightful antidote to cooler temperatures. Made with a combination of apples, bananas, gluten-free flour, Greek yogurt, and coconut oil, this recipe is lower in added sugar than other banana bread options, and butter-free. However, judging by the flavor, you’d never know it!
Living in New England for 10ish years, I grew to love Autumn. I am a warm weather girl at heart, but there’s something pleasant about curling up with a warm apple dessert with the leaves crunching outside. Hygge to the max!
Channeling all the New England fall cosiness over the weekend, I whipped up this easy, gluten-free apple and cinnamon banana bread recipe. The weather is pretty consistent all year round in San Francisco (no complaints) however it’s fun to bring a little Autumnal deliciousness to the kitchen.
This one bowl, gluten-free recipe has less added sugar than other banana bread recipes, but still has enough sweetness to be considered a dessert. It infuses the house with fall fragrance, and is the perfect accompaniment to tea or coffee. And you don’t need any fancy equipment to make it. A large mixing bowl, a couple of measuring cups and spoons, and a spatula will do the trick. Cheers to (healthy) hygge!
Leave the apple skin on the apple for an extra dose of fiber, and nutrition! Inflammation-fighting phytonutrients like quercetin are particularly concentrated in the peel.
Gluten-Free, Apple & Cinnamon Banana Bread
2 medium bananas
1/3 cup canola oil
3 tbsp coconut oil
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1.5 cups gluten-free all purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Topping: 1 apple
Preheat the oven to 375℉/190℃ and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
Chop the apple into small cubes.
Mash the bananas with a fork in a large mixing bowl.
Add the eggs, canola oil, coconut butter, Greek yogurt and vanilla to the mixing bowl. Stir until all the ingredients are well-combined.
Add the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon to the wet ingredients. Stir until all the ingredients are well-combined, and a thick batter forms.
Mix the apple cubes into the batter.
Pour the batter into the lined loaf tin, and smooth with a spatula.
Thinly slice the remaining apple, and arrange on top of the batter.
Insert the loaf tin into the oven, and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Start checking the banana bread after roughly 35-40 minutes).
Allow the banana bread to cool. Enjoy!
Makes 1 loaf (approx. 8-10 slices)
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