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Blueberry Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

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I love blueberries and banana bread. For years, I’ve been making this regular banana bread with blueberries with wheat flour, and I’ve been missing it terribly ever since I unexpectedly became gluten intolerant in the last several months and couldn’t eat any regular baked desserts. Well, no more missing or crying over my blueberry banana bread, as I have just successfully made a gluten free version of it, using King Arthur multi-purpose gluten-free flour (and no gums whatsoever)!

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This banana bread tastes just like a regular banana bread – so delicious, you can’t stop at one slice! I am coming to a conclusion that as long as you add some sort of fruit into a gluten free baking recipe (mashed bananas and whole blueberries in this case) – it’s bound to turn out really good. It happened with this gluten free peach yogurt cake, and it happened with this beautiful banana bread:

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This recipe uses King Arthur gluten-free multi-purpose flour (mixture of rice flour, tapioca starch, etc.). This flour is xanthan gum free, it doesn’t have any gums. Make sure not to confuse King Arthur gluten-free multi-purpose flour with King Arthur gluten-free baking mix (which does have gums).

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I’ve noticed that when baking gluten free cakes and breads, they tend to stick to baking pans much more than if you baked with regular, wheat-based, flour, so it’s very important that you first grease the bread pan and then line the bottom and two sides of it with parchment paper, greasing the parchment paper, too. Just like on this photo:

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When releasing the bread from the pan, I let it cool for at least 40 minutes, and then I used knife to help release the sides of the pan which were not lined with parchment paper.

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The bread was so delicious, I am about to make 2 more loaves (one for myself, and a second one for the party on Friday!) So happy to have my blueberry banana bread back! 🙂

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Blueberry Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 loaf

Blueberry Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 4 teaspoons of hot boiling water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 cups gluten-free multi-purpose flour (I use King Arthur), sifted
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter a 4x8 inch loaf pan. Line the bottom and two opposite sides of the pan with parchment paper, butter the parchment paper too. Note: lining the bottom and two sides of the pan with parchment paper ensures that the bread will not get stuck, especially if baking with gluten free flour.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1 and 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds with 4 teaspoons of hot boiling water - stir to mix and let the mixture sit, covered for about 10 minutes, until it forms a very thick gel-like slurry.
  3. In a large bowl, using electric mixer, mix mashed bananas, Greek yogurt and melted butter. Add the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and chia seeds slurry - beat to combine, using electric mixer. Sprinkle the baking soda over the mixture and mix in, using the mixer. Add the flour last, in 3 separate batches, again using the mixer to combine each batch.
  4. Carefully fold in whole blueberries, using spatula, into the batter and distribute them evenly through the batter.
  5. Pour the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for about 1 hour. Check the doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the bread as well as inserting it along the sides of the bread. The toothpick should come out clean when inserted in the center - without liquid batter stuck to it.
  6. Cool the bread in the pan on a rack for 40 or 50 minutes before releasing it from the pan. When releasing the bread from the pan, use knife to help release the sides of the pan which were not lined with parchment paper. Remove from pan and slice to serve.
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  • ahu @ ahueats September 13, 2014, 9:09 am

    This bread looks so moist – and blueberries make everything better!!

    I have to try the parchment paper trick – I always forget until it’s too late and I’m stuck holding my pans upside down praying for that ‘thud’ to happen!

  • [email protected]'s Recipes September 13, 2014, 9:47 am

    Your banana bread looks so moist and I love the add of blueberries!

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef September 13, 2014, 12:57 pm

    this bread looks utterly perfect! yum!

  • Monique September 13, 2014, 4:13 pm

    It looks compact..lovely crumb..moist..super pics as always..
    Julia can one interchange Gluten free flour w/ reg?

  • Deb|EastofEdenCooking September 13, 2014, 4:14 pm

    I agree King Arthur gluten free flour is excellent and I’ve also had great results with Bob’s Red Mill too. The pairing of bananas and blueberries makes for such a scrumptious treat!

  • cheri September 13, 2014, 7:24 pm

    Love the addition of chia seeds and Greek yogurt in this bread, looks delicious!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy September 13, 2014, 8:12 pm

    Yummmm

  • Norine Stauske October 3, 2014, 10:19 am

    It looks like the blueberries are missing from the ingredients list? How much do you add to the mix? Can you use frozen blueberries? Can’t wait to try it! Thank you!

    • Julia October 3, 2014, 2:52 pm

      Oh mine, the blueberries ARE MISSING FROM THE LIST! I can’t believe I forgot to include them. Well, now they are included! It’s 1 cup of blueberries, and yes you can use frozen blueberries without defrosting them. I would coat frozen blueberries in a small amount of gluten free flour which should help prevent them from sinking.

  • Amy November 11, 2014, 3:49 pm

    Could this be done without the chia seeds and water or would that compromise the texture?

    • Bonnie February 5, 2016, 7:37 am

      I would like to know the answer to this also.

  • Tina O December 19, 2014, 9:42 am

    I have a wonderful recipe for blueberry banana bread that I have been using for quite some time now. I recently was asked by a friend if I could make it gluten free. Can I use the King Arthur Gluten Free All Purpose Flour for the recipe instead of regular flour like I normally do fo my recipe? Thank you. 🙂

  • Sandie April 21, 2015, 5:55 pm

    I just made this as muffins and it was sooooooo good! Thanks for posting this. Very most and delicious!

  • Erica January 20, 2016, 5:23 pm

    Hello! I just made your recipe following your exact directions and my bread turned out to have a delicious taste but was gummy in the middle (I even baked it for an extra 15 minutes since it was not done when I tested with a toothpick after an hour). I seem to always have this trouble with GF banana breads. Any ideas what I could do differently next time? Thanks!

  • lanie February 16, 2016, 8:51 am

    Thank you, finally found my go to banana bread.

  • Amber March 14, 2016, 5:37 pm

    I’m going to try this recipe but do muffins instead of a loaf. Any changes you would recommend? Also how long would you say these last? I’m going on a week long camping trip with my little sister (also GF) and this would be a great snack to have!

  • Debbie B. September 10, 2016, 7:49 pm

    I’m dairy sensitive. Is there a replacement I can use for the butter and yogurt?

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