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Apple Butter Banana Walnut Bread

Apple Butter Banana Walnut Bread

I love bread.  Plain and simple.  Nothing is better than your first bite once the bread is removed from the oven, with the knife releasing the locked-in steam and the warm sweetness passing your lips. 

Gluten-free grains have come a long way, and I have found many homemade gluten-free types of bread that will satisfy any carb craving.  My most recent endeavor has been to find the right mix of ingredients to have a fresh-baked loaf (either for sandwiches or as a dessert type) that isn’t too dense.  This magical blend of flour should include rice, potato and tapioca.  I am still considering making my own ‘white bread’ mix, but to support my simplicity goal I have ventured to pre-made mixes.  I love using Bob’s Red Mill products, but I noticed that their all-purpose flour has garbanzo bean flour which makes the bread too dense.  This recipe will be using Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free All Purpose Flour which encompasses the three main grains of rice, potato, and tapioca.

Apple Butter Banana Walnut Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  •  1 1/2 tsp. baking powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 slightly beaten eggs
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (~2 small)
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • Walnuts (optional or use any nut you prefer)
  • Raisins (optional or use any dried fruit you prefer)

Step 1:  Spray a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan with cooking spray or use grease and flour.

Step 2:  In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamom, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.  Make a well in the center and set aside.

Step 3:  In a medium bowl combine eggs, sugar, banana, apple butter, and oil. 

Step 4:  Add the egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture.  Stire until moistened – the batter will be lumpy.  Spoon mixture into pan.

Step 5:  Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes or until toothpick is clean once inserted.  Cool 10 minutes then remove from pan.

Yes, the bread will rise this much!!

New in Supermarkets – Giant & Wegman’s

Recently I was shopping at Giant and came across some exciting news.  They have instituted a “Gluten Free” tag for their store-brand products.  Though I still advise you to read ingredient lists and labels, this feature does expedite your time grocery shopping.  The image below will help you identify the symbol that marks their gluten-free products:

Another favorite store of mine that alleviates the hassle of gluten-free shopping is Wegman’s.  They also have a symbol that marks their store-brand products as gluten-free, as well as other useful information such as recipes.  Their newest venture into the gluten-free world is a gluten-free line of baking mixes.  This includes a gluten-free vanilla and chocolate cake mix, a gluten-free brownie mix, and a gluten-free sugar cookie mix.  Click here to receive a $2.00 coupon toward any baking mix!!

Crock Pot Recipe – Pulled Pork

With the weather getting warmer and no grill, how can you make delicious meals without turning on the oven?  I find the crock pot to be the perfect substitute.  A grilled burger or hot dog will not an option, but you will get slow-cooked meats that fall apart when you come home from work starving.

One dinner that is sure to be a crowd pleaser is pulled pork.  Some like to have it as a sandwich, and others may serve it with a side of mashed potatoes.  Here is my take on this recipe, and don’t worry it doesn’t include creating your own seasoning mix – I thank McCormick for that!  When able I use prepared mixes, and McCormick offers various gluten-free seasonings.  Below you will find the recipe per McCormick’s pulled pork seasoning packet:


Trim the pork and place in the crock pot.  Mix the ingredients in a bowl, and pour over the meat.  I had to cook this on low for 10 hours, so I added another 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of water to the mix to make sure there was enough liquid for the additional 2 hours.

Now that I copied my meat recipe, I do have some personalized side dishes.  Please note it is difficult for me to give specific measurements.  I like to use what I have on hand, and measuring usually includes ‘some of this…’.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • 3 medium-sized Russet baking potatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Parmesan cheese – enough to taste
  • Salt – enough to taste
  • Pepper – enough to taste

The trick with the garlic is to put the whole clove in the pot and let it cook with the potatoes.  Once the potatoes are soft, drain and add in the butter.  Mash the potatoes, garlic and butter. Then add in the sour cream and milk.  If you would like thinner potatoes add in more milk to your desired taste.  Lastly, mix in the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Steamed Broccoli

No meal is complete without this wonderful vegetable.  Steam fresh or frozen broccoli and if you prefer you can toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Jennies Gluten-Free Bakery

You try a new dessert.  To you it’s amazing; it meets the criteria of satisfying your taste buds, and fulfilling the texture and consistency component.  But have you ever wondered what a non-celiac would think?  Sharing meals and desserts with others enhances any food by tenfold, and when you find something you truly enjoy you have to let others partake in that bliss.

I realize I have talked about these delicious macaroons by Jennies Gluten-Free Bakery before, so I would like to present the voices of those who I have shared them with:

  • “The macaroons were delicious. They were moist and sweet, and the chocolate drizzle was perfect. My kids, ages 6 and 9 loved them as well, and they begged me to buy more. I keep kosher, and it can be hard to find kosher desserts that are really good. I recommend them to anyone, whether you are gluten-free or not!”   – Adina
  • “I just wanted to let you know how much I loved these macaroons! Chocolate and coconut are two of my favorite dessert ingredients, and these cookies are so moist and take more than one bite to eat. Their size alone really let’s you enjoy a fabulous cookie. You feel like you are eating something better than everyone else, and you are. I could eat these everyday.”  – Maria
  • “I do not eat gluten-free, but my wife is celiac and I like to eat everything she does. These macaroons will be hidden from her, I can’t resist them.”   –  Ed

If you like coconut you will surely enjoy these.  Just listen to those you have tried them!