I realise how much experimentation is needed sometimes to bake vegan, gluten-free cakes. Add to it factors like having to be nut-free complicates the equation. I made a vegan, gluten-free cake the other day and wasn’t very impressed by its gummy texture. Perhaps I did something wrong. It was annoying for me, to say the least, but I plan to tackle it again some time later today.
For now, it’s a gluten free banana bread recipe that I absolutely l-l-l-love! I think with all my trial-and-errors in the kitchen, my family have become slightly apprehensive when they hear the word gluten free or vegan when I bake something new. Still, being ever so supportive, they will gamely take a bite, or more if it turns out to be a win. Then they’ll shower me with feedback.
This was a banana bread recipe that had their two thumbs up because no words could escape them while they happily devoured their slice.
But me being me, I just have to update you on what I’ve been up to the last month before I treat you to this delightful recipe!
I’ve been taking in more private orders and quite a few of them required fondant work. I’ve always said I loathe working with fondant but practice, practice, practice has enabled me to become quite fond of it. Like how one might become fond of an annoying but exceptionally cute niece. You dread the thought of her hurricaning around but the minute she steps into the room, your heart melts. Similarly, or not really, the thought of fondant can be daunting but once I start moulding and rolling, it’s quite therapeutic and I enjoy it.
I’m particularly proud of this cake…
Generous perky boobies, edible to boot, for a hen’s night celebration. Goes to show a ‘boob job’ doesn’t need to cost thousands!
I also did a ‘Frozen‘ themed cake for my dearest neighbour’s uber cute daughter and friend, both of whom turned 4.
And I am totally out of touch with the shows kids watch these days but taking private orders for children’s birthdays include doing research. In this instance, it was on Paw Patrol.
Ok so the research really only meant that I had to look up some of Paw Patrol’s characters that Josh likes as well as some of those shield things. I have no idea what most of them mean or whether they are important to the show but I heard he loved the cupcakes so yay for that!
Following the cupcakes which was for Josh’s 3rd birthday with his school friends, I was also requested to make a Fire Engine cake for his celebration with his family.
More fondant work! My finishing isn’t quite there yet but I’m happy it looks quite like a fire truck complete with sirens, a ladder and a hose. AND a personalised licence plate!
The last few years, I have also been blessed with repeated orders from D&M for their children’s birthday cakes. It began 2 years ago for Chloe’s birthday – an elephant cake and an owl cake. Then last year she celebrated with Ernie and Bert from Sesame Street. This year, I was asked to do Bananas in Pyjamas for Matthew’s 2nd birthday!
D&M always request for buttercream instead of fondant even though the finishing with fondant is a lot smoother – definitely substance over looks for them! I totally approve!
It means so much to have repeated orders and to be able to see photos of their little ones growing taller, cuter, smarter each year with a cake made by me set before them with candles on top. I hope that when they’re older, they will look back and remember the cakes Mummy and Daddy got for them for their birthdays – “Remember the year I had the Bert and Ernie cake?” or “I loved B1 and B2 so much Mum and Dad ordered that cake for me.” How awesome would that be?!
Speaking of awesomeness, let’s come back to this gluten free banana bread topped with the crunch of walnut streusel… It’s astonishingly simple to whip up and takes mere minutes! You really only need one bowl but you can go for two if you like – I use the same bowl to mix the streusel together after the banana bread batter’s safely in its baking tin.
Gluten Free Banana Bread with Cinnamon Walnut Streusel (Makes 2 6×2″ loaves)
300g Bananas (about 3 medium bananas), mashed
50g Coconut Oil
50g Coconut Flour
1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
For the streusel:
30g Coconut Sugar
14g Coconut Flour
1/4 tsp Cinnamon Powder
10g Coconut Oil
- Preheat oven to 170 deg C and line two small baking tins with baking paper.
- In a clean mixing bowl, whisk together mashed bananas, eggs and honey.
- Sift in coconut flour, cinnamon powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix together until just incorporated.
- Pour batter into prepared tin.
- Make streusel:
Mix everything together and generously sprinkle on top of the banana bread batter. Gently press down so that everything sticks nicely after baking.
- Bake for 40-45min until a skewer inserted into the banana bread comes out dry. Allow to cool before removing from tins.
This banana bread tastes incredibly wholesome and the crunch of toasty walnuts on top seals the deal for me. It’s not too sweet but definitely enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Happy baking! x