I started listening to a nutrition podcast about a month ago, which led me to reading some books and tons of blogs about nutrition.
One thing that really struck me was how many negative things I heard about gluten. If what I read is correct, gluten can be associated with digestive problems, rashes, autoimmune diseases like Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis, and even things like seizures, headaches, and depression.
I honestly don’t know if this is just the latest fad, or how much of this is just anecdotal evidence at this point. Still, I was convinced enough to decide to go gluten-free for at least a couple months and see what happens.
Since my daughter and I like to bake, one of the obvious challenges was, What can we bake that’s gluten-free?
After doing a lot of research, I discovered that gluten-free baking often involves coconut flour, so I bought a small bag and then tried this recipe from The Ambitious Kitchen. (This recipe, by the way, is not only gluten-free, but also Paleo.)
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond butter
2 eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.