Recipe Review

This Gluten-Free Coffee Banana Bread Recipe Is the Tasty Treat You Need to Jumpstart Your Day

published Sep 12, 2022
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Pumpkin Banana Bread

I haven’t met too many people who don’t love banana bread. Not only is it delicious, but it’s super versatile, too. Adding one simple ingredient, whether it be pumpkin or zucchini, can bring this classic to an exciting new level.

While neither of the above were the star of the tasty recipe posted by @WholeWithBeth — an Instagram account known for a balanced take on favorite indulgences — the new addition proved that there are few simple pleasures quite as delightful as starting the day with a hot cup of coffee and fresh banana bread. 

Incorporating the two items into one with a Coffee Banana Bread, this delightful treat is both gluten- and dairy-free, as well as vegan (if you use egg and butter alternatives). It offers all the pleasure of traditional banana bread, but in a way that is friendly to most by avoiding allergens and food sensitivities. 

“Given my lifelong love for coffee, it was only a matter of time before I infused my banana bread with some gorgeous, gorgeous espresso, ” Beth writes in her Instagram caption.

This banana bread uses  a combination of oat and almond flours, and is sweetened with pure maple syrup, making it free of refined sugar as well.

The recipe starts by mashing ripe bananas in a large bowl, and mixing with eggs, butter, maple syrup, coffee, and vanilla extract. Need to make the recipe vegan? Opt to use vegan butter and an egg substitute made out of flax seeds and water instead. Once this mixture is well mixed and smooth, add in oat flour, almond flour, espresso powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda before mixing well once again.

Then, pour the batter into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven for around 45 minutes. While it’s baking, you can work on the coffee glaze, which is a simple mix of coffee, powdered sweetener, espresso powder, and vanilla extract. If you want to thin it out, you can add a little milk (or plant-based non-dairy milk option). Then, drizzle once the cake has cooled.

This would be delicious in the morning with some coffee for a caffeinated breakfast or as dessert later in the evening, perhaps paired with some ice cream. Either way you choose to have it though, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Get the entire Coffee Banana Bread recipe here.