Monday, January 28, 2013

Small Appliance Recipes - Banana Nut Loaf - Gluten-free

Some manufacturers include full recipe books with purchases on occasions.   Some simply provide additional advertisements

I tend to just store all warranties and ‘instructions for use’ in one file cabinet, so they can at least follow the appliance, if donated. Usually when first buying a small cooking appliance, I will look at any recipes and decide if I would like to try any.

Since retiring, I tend to spend more time in the kitchen than previously. Sometimes it’s just thinking about the things my mom made when I was growing up, like her yeast rolls.  Oh, what a nice smell they were!

Lately, I  have been making green smoothies for breakfast/brunch…..depends when I get around to eating the first meal of the day.  I decided to check the recipe book that came with the blender.   There are some really good sounding recipes that I have ‘dog-eared’ to try over the coming months.

I also bought a new bread machine about three years ago, because my ZO did not have a gluten-free setting. I used the new machine a few times and started baking in a ceramic loaf pan, because the results were perfect, not hit or miss like the bread machine. 

The booklet that came with the bread machine has about 4 recipes for gluten-free bread, so it does not help with baking gluten free.  Because of a conversation on a support group thread about non-yeast breads in a bread machine, I decided to make a recipe for banana nut bread from the booklet.  It was not gluten-free, so it had to be converted. Since I have made so many different versions of banana bread, decided to use the same amounts of the ingredients with minor fine tuning.

When converting recipes, it is best to know which flour mixes work with which types of recipes. Although I prefer to use DIY mixes, I also buy some pre-mixes.  I do not like the starch overloaded ones….. guess that comes from my previous life as an all whole wheat flour bread baking.   Yes, nothing but whole wheat with added wheat gluten! All of that gluten, finally did me in!

As I was rushing to go for an appointment two hours later, I was also putting the ingredients in the bread machine for the banana nut bread.  Luckily, I know what ingredients are needed, because the baking powder was almost missed!

To sum it up, the banana bread came out with a nicely browned crunchy crust.   I grabbed a chunk as I left for the appointment!

This original recipe (Banana Walnut Loaf Gluten-Free) came from the Cuisinart Bread Machine booklet.  Most of their recipes can be found on their website.

Banana Nut Loaf - Gluten-Free

Banana Walnut Loaf Gluten-Free


Dry Ingredients
2/3 cup Pamela's Artisan Flour Blend
2/3 cup KAF Whole Grain Mix
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder, reduced sodium
1/4 tsp xanthan gum

Wet ingredients
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup Stevia, granulated (or any granulated sweetener)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about1 1/2 large)
1 egg
3 tbsp butter, room temp or diced
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted ( or mixed into the butter to prevent clumping)
1 tsp banana extract or vanilla extract 
1/4 cup buttermilk

Add Ins
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts


Place all of the Wet Ingredients in the bread bucket. Combine the Dry Ingredients and pour them on top of the Wet Ingredients.  As the machine mixes, use a spatula to assist the machine in getting all of the Dry Ingredients mixed in..  This uses a Quick Bread/Sweet bread setting.

I attempted to remove the paddle before baking, but the machine was heating up, so left it in.  After it finished, I rushed to dump the loaf, so there is a hole in the bottom.  Next time, I will allow it to cool a bit.  But, the taste was very good!

Banana Walnut Loaf Gluten-Free - removed from pan too soon

The only difference, is the loaf is more ‘rounded’ than long.

Banana Walnut Loaf Gluten-Free

All ingredients in the bread machine pan and mixed

Banana Walnut Loaf Gluten-Free - mixed

As it was mixing

Banana Walnut Loaf Gluten-Free - during the mixing

The page from the book

page from the book

Would you believe there is a carrot cake bread recipe in that booklet!

These are some of the booklets I have lying around. 

The Ninja book has lots of recipes, not just smoothies and juices, but baked, purees, soups, dips..  If you can see that picture of blueberry muffins on the cover, think I will try making them using the blender

Appliance Booklet Recipes picture

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