Perfect Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Sometimes, we begin with what we love and trust, which is how I feel about this well used recipe! My sister shared it with me years ago and we’ve never found a banana bread recipe we like better.  It never fails me, and as expected, it warmed my heart again. It took about 6 months before the light bulb went off in my head that I can adapt our favorite recipes and don’t have to search for all new gluten-free, dairy-free recipes. Mmmm…the warm, sweet smell as it bakes and first comes out of the oven always draws the kids around the kitchen island as I slice those first pieces.  I usually hear “This is awesome!” or “Can I have some for breakfast tomorrow morning?” because they know if they can leave enough, this bread tastes even better the next day.  Share this one – either on a piece of paper, or fresh out of the oven.  If you want the original recipe, just adapt by taking out the xanthan gum and use real butter and flour.

Perfect Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1 cup sugar

¼ cup dairy-free butter (Earth Balance)

3 mashed bananas

¼ cup milk substitute (rice milk or almond milk)

¼ cup sour cream substitute (WayFare’s 100% Dairy Free Sour Cream)

2 large egg whites

2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour blend (Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips (Enjoy Life dairy, nut & soy free)

cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350° .  Combine sugar and butter in a mixing bowl.  Beat on medium speed until well blended.  Add mashed bananas, milk, sour cream and egg whites, blending well.

In a separate bowl, combine flour blend, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt.  Blend together with a whisk.  Add to creamed mixture until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spoon into a 9 inch loaf pan that has been coated with cooking spray and bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let sit 10 minutes, then remove from loaf pan and cool on a wire rack.  As difficult as it is, try to let it cool before slicing or it will have a slight soggy feel.

tip:  When bananas turn brown and you know you won’t have time to use them, stick them in the freezer, skin and all. They will turn super ugly and black on the outside leaving perfectly mushy insides. For yesterday’s batch of bread I pulled two from my freezer and one from my fruit bowl.   After all, I don’t always have 3 rotten bananas sitting in my kitchen! Just remember to take them out earlier in the day so they have time to defrost.


Dairy Free Banana Smoothie

Peeled, whole, and longitudinal section

My very first post will be simple.  My goal is to inspire your gluten and dairy free cooking, whether you are dairy free, only gluten free or both.  Be creative and substitute.  I love the new tastes we’ve discovered!  I find it exciting!

Breakfast can be difficult purely because it’s hard to get those teens in the kitchen when they would rather have every last minute of sleep possible. Literally!  As moms, we know how important it is to eat breakfast.  Here’s a tasty and nutritional breakfast! Robbie and I love to drink these anytime of the day.

Dairy Free Banana Smoothie

1 banana

1 1/2 cups vanilla soy, rice or almond milk

3 large ice cubes

1 teaspoon of ground flax (I keep the Costco size bag in the freezer)

3 small drops of almond extract (optional)

1 scoop of soy based protein powder

(peanut butter is optional if you want added protein and flavor, but don’t mind the extra calories)

Blend all the ingredients in a blender on high.  Scrape the sides to make sure the protein powder is blended through.  Blend again to make it nice and fluffy.

Makes 1 large serving.