Sice of gluten-free banana zucchini bread on a dessert plate.

Gluten-free Banana-Zucchini Bread

Here is another great recipe from Carol Fenster’s “100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes.” This cookbook truly does have some of the best gluten-free recipes I have tried and a lot of good information, as well.

The original recipe called for three small bananas and I only had two, so I added some shredded zucchini instead. I ended up with a very moist and delicious quick bread that disappeared fast!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 small, very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Carol’s sorghum blend
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Optional ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions:

Place rack in middle of oven. Preheat to 350ºF.

Generously grease a nonstick loaf pan. I used olive oil cooking spray.

Beat eggs in medium mixing bowl with electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat until blended. Add mashed banana, zucchini, oil and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Gradually add the mixture to the liquid ingredients, beating on low speed until thoroughly blended and batter thickens. Stir in walnuts or other optional ingredients, if desired. (I added walnuts.)

Spread evenly in the prepared pan.

Gluten-free banana zucchini bread batter in a baking pan.

I sprayed the pan with a little too much olive oil spray, but it didn’t seem to effect the final outcome.

Bake 45 – 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack. Slice and serve!

Freshly baked banana zucchini bread still in the baking pan.

The bread was nicely browned on top.

Freshly baked banana zucchini bread still in the baking pan.

Close up of sliced end of loaf of gluten-free banana zucchini bread on a plate.

The bread was moist on the inside and not too sticky – in other words, perfect!

 

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Close up of two peanut butter cookies on a dessert plate.

Peanut Butter Cookies

As I have mentioned here before, one of my favorite gluten-free cookbooks is Carol Fenster’s “Gluten-Free Quick & Easy”. In this book, she has several flour mixes that can be made up ahead of time and stored for later baking. This recipe uses her basic cookie mix.

The cookie mix starts with Carol’s basic gluten-free flour blend. This makes 4 cups.

  • 1½ cups sorghum flour
  • 1½ cups potato starch or cornstarch
  • 1 cup tapioca flour

To this 4 cups of flour mix add:

  • 1½ cups cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon table salt

Now you have about 5½ cups of Carol’s cookie mix. You can make many kinds of cookies with it. Here is the recipe for the BEST gluten-free, melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter cookies I’ve ever eaten.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter or buttery spread, at room temperature (but not melted)
  • ½ cup crunchy natural peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Carol’s Cookie Mix
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar, for rolling cookies
Close-up of MaraNatha Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter jar

This is the kind of peanut butter I like because it has no added sugar.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used a non-stick baking sheet sprayed with olive oil cooking spray.)

Place the butter, peanut butter, egg and vanilla in a food processor and process until thoroughly blended. (I used a hand mixer.)

Peanut butter and wet ingredients mixed up in bowl next to flours mixed together in another bowl.

I mixed the wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately and then put them together.

Add the cookie mix and baking soda, and process until the mixture forms a ball. Break the ball into several chunks and process until the dough forms a ball again. (I used a spoon to mix it and then my hands to form the ball.)

Four large balls of peanut butter cookie dough in a large white bowl.

I made a double batch of dough.

Divide the dough into 16 pieces and shape in 1½ -inch balls. Dip each ball in sugar and place it, sugar side up, on the prepared baking sheet. Using a fork, make crisscross marks on the ball and flatten each to a ½-inch thickness.

Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Twelve cookies on baking sheet fresh out of the oven.

I made the cookies about twice as large as the recipe suggests. They spread out just a little bit.

I made a double batch of dough and made my cookies double-sized (about 2-inch balls of dough,) so I ended up with about 22 large cookies. If you like more nuts you can add ¼ cup of chopped peanuts.

Finished peanut butter cookies piled up on a large dinner plate.

I ended up with 22 large cookies.

Recipe from “Gluten-Free Quick & Easy” by Carol Fenster.

 

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