Sunday, June 3, 2018

Gluten Free Banana Coconut Bread

As you probably know by now, if you've been following my blog, that I rarely use recipes from somewhere else as is. The exception is always for baking, because it's a science and exact measurements are pretty important. I had some leftover Coconut Milk from making a Thai Curry and I was looking for something to do with it and iI wanted something sweet. I came across a recipe for Banana Coconut Bread on the Cup4Cup website. It turned out so good that I have to share it. This Banana Bread comes out moist and delicious and the Coconut flavor is subtle and the Coconut Flakes actually gives it more texture. This is now one of my new favorite Banana Bread recipes!

Gluten Free Banana Coconut Bread – from Cup4Cup

1 1/2 cups Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 large mashed ripe Bananas
3/4 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted Butter, melted
1/3 cup Coconut Milk
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Coconut Chips (unsweetened)

Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter a loaf pan. Mix Cup4Cup Flour, Baking Soda and Salt into large bowl. Combine Bananas, Sugar, melted Butter, Coconut Milk and Egg in medium bowl. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then, fold in the Coconut Flakes. Pour into the buttered loaf pan and bake until golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean - about 55 minutes. 

Five Element Analysis

Banana and Coconut are both Earth Element foods and as a sweet bread, this is clearly primarily an Earth food!  The Egg brings in a bit of the Water Element and the Butter contributes the Metal Element. If you serve it with a cup of Tea or Coffee, you will be adding the Fire Element. Then only the Wood Element is missing so be sure to eat some green vegetables some other time of the day!

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