October 6, 2013

Gluten Free Banana Bread from Betty Crocker

Gluten Free Banana Bread
Gluten Free Banana Bread

My oldest apparently has a problem with talking too much. I think I have myself to blame for this quality. This year they have started a new behavior rewards program at his school and he keeps getting points taken off for talking too much. It's pretty much my fault. I talk a ton. When my husband stops listening I just keep ranting about whatever is annoying me at the moment. It could be politics, a news story or something concerning the kids. My husband has learned just to let me rant until I get tired of talking. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes, sometimes I literally can go on for 20 minutes. My oldest seems to have learned the same talent for talking. He got in trouble on Friday for talking on and on about rocks and minerals. Last time he got in trouble he was talking about how many moons each planet has. It does make me feel slightly better that he rants about things that he reads about or a documentary that he watched. He isn't just babbling about an annoying celebrity or whatnot. I think he is destined to be full of knowledge which he feels the need to tell anyone that's listening. It's obviously genetic since my mother would talk to people in the grocery store about whatever historical non-fiction book she was currently reading. Looking back and seeing that I learned this habit from my mother and passed it on to my son makes me smile. She might be gone, but she is definitely living on through my kids. It's funny how strongly our roles as mothers influence our kids. Now that I have babbled on for an entire paragraph, lets get to the recipe. This week I tried a new recipe for Gluten Free Banana Bread from the Betty Crocker website.
Image of Ritter Park Huntington, WV
Ritter Park Huntington, WV

This recipe has 10 ingredients. It takes 2 hours 15 minutes of total time, 15 minutes of which is active and makes 12 servings. I did make a few changes to the original recipe. First, I don't like walnuts in my banana bread. I know some people do, but I'm not one of them. I like my banana bread full of banana flavor and nutless. For this reason I left out the walnuts in this recipe. If you haven't baked gluten free before texture and consistency is a big factor. I normally follow directions in a recipe and then adjust. With this recipe I added the amount of flour stated and then added a little more until the batter looked correct. This type of adjustment is very normal when baking gluten free.
Image of Harris Riverfront Park Huntington, WV
Harris Riverfront Park Huntington, WV

Gluten free baking can be very hit or miss. A finished recipe can look delicious, but not taste as great. This recipe surprised me. It not only looked great, but it had none of the texture issues that so many gluten free baked goods do. No grittiness, no lack of sweetness. I would definitely make this recipe again and I look forward to using their new gluten free flour mix in the future.

For the recipe go to Gluten Free Banana Bread.
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