Ancient grains blueberry banana bread (gluten-free)

bread close up

YUM! Banana bread! I love banana bread. There are many different gluten-free banana bread recipes out there, and I wasn’t satisfied with any of them. So this is my attempt at improving what was already out there.

I wanted a recipe that was high in fibre and nutrients. In order to do that I wanted to use as many different types of flour as possible. I also added flax seeds for fibre, and blueberries for antioxidants.

This is not the light and fluffy banana bread that is common as a snack bread or dessert. I’m not saying it doesn’t taste good, its actually very tasty, but you can tell its better for you than most other breads. Think of a regular banana muffin versus a banana bran muffin. This one is closer to the banana bran. I plan on cutting slices and freezing them individually between wax paper for excellent, healthy breakfasts on the run! Next week I’m going to try to reduce the fat content and turn the recipe into muffins. Stay tuned!

There to see more photos, click the links ‘outside of bread’ & ‘inside of bread’ directly below.
outside of bread
inside of bread

Materials:

  • 9×5 inch (2 L) bread pan, lightly greased and floured (I used rice flour, but you can use whatever flour is handy)
  • electric hand mixer
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 medium sized mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • knife with a serrated edge, like a bread knife

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) whole bean flour (substitute with any pea or bean flour)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sorghum flour
  • 1/3 cup (85 mL) quinoa flour
  • 1/3 cup (85 mL) raw ground almond or almond flour
  • 1/3 cup (85 mL) amaranth flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) flax seed
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (5 mL) xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup (I like honey)
  • 2 tbsp fruit juice, any kind
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, canola oil, etc.
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 1 pint (4.4oz, 1/2 cup, 125 mL) fresh ripe blueberries
  • ** Optional: 1/2 cup walnuts

Directions:

  1. Put all dry ingredients into the small mixing bowl. Stir very well to make sure everything is evenly blended.
  2. Put all dry ingredients EXCEPT blueberries into the larger mixing bowl. With the electric mixer blend until mixture is uniform. If you want a very smooth banana bread, pre-mash the bananas. If you like chunks just throw them in and blend.
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, blend with the electric mixer until smooth.
  4. Fold in blueberries and if you are using them, walnuts.
  5. Put mixture into greased and floured pan. With a wet serrated knife cut a slit down the centre of the bread, lengthwise. This will make a nice slit in the bread. If you don’t do this the bread will tear wherever it wants as it expands. Its not an issue of taste, just looks, so if you don’t remember to make a cut then don’t worry about it!
  6. Place the loaf in a pre-heated oven for 1.5 hours, or until the internal temperature is 200F (94C)
  7. Remove from oven, then remove from pan as soon as the bread is baked. Let cool on a cooling rack. You can eat it warm, but not straight out of the oven! eat The internal temperature of fresh blueberries just after baking will scald your tongue.
  8. ENJOY!


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2 Responses

  1. This looks like a great recipe! –
    I am a Coeliac from the UK, we get free gluten free food on prescription (free from your doctor) but its comerically produced bread and cake mixes only. I find it very hard to get hold of amaranth flour etc. Can you buy this stuff from a shop or do you mail order it?

  2. Here in Canada, I have to buy the flour myself. Most is available at stores, but I do have to drive around town to get each type. One store will carry sorghum, another will carry amaranth. Its a little annoying. I wish I was in the US, the product line is fantastic! And they have lots of online stores. Places in the US have issues shipping to Canada for some reason. There is not law against shipping to us, they just won’t do it.

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