This is no ordinary banana bread! The flavors of browned butter, sweet bananas, a tantalizing maple glaze and toasted pecans come together to make the best gluten free banana bread you’ve ever tasted.
Gluten free banana bread is an easy adaptation of one of my favorite classic recipes. I fondly remember waiting impatiently for the loaf to cool after smelling its tantalizing aroma for nearly an hour as it baked. My mom was a make-it-from-scratch kind of lady. She made everything from pizza crusts, to homemade bread, to banana bread and baked them often.
I grew up eating real, homemade foods fresh out of the oven which is, perhaps, why I love creating dishes in my own kitchen now. It has become a great asset as I now have 2 kids on low sodium diets and a husband and child with multiple food allergies. There aren’t a lot of pre-packaged foods that meet all those requirements, but that’s OK because homemade tastes better anyway!
I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new recipes using over-ripe bananas. This is a fun twist on a traditional gluten free banana bread recipe, and I was a little surprised that all the kids love it just as much. Nuts (especially pecans) are often a turn-off for the littles, but even my kids’ friends who have been visiting when we’ve made a loaf have loved this bread!
Either you’re a browned butter fanatic, orrrrr you haven’t tried adding browned butter to your baked goods yet 😉 Browning butter gives it a distinctly rich and nutty flavor and aroma. It’s the secret to theperfect chocolate chip cookie and can be used in place of regular butter in just about any recipe. It’s also very easy to make; all you’ll need is a saucepan and about 5 minutes!
Side Note: If you haven’t tried making these Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from my friend Michelle at My Gluten-Free Kitchen, you’re missing out! This is our go-to recipe and I’ve given up on trying to develop a recipe that can beat it. We always swap browned butter for the melted butter and it is absolute perfection!
The trick to browning butter is to watch it very closely. As it’s heating, the butter will bubble and pop, and then all at once it will settle down and give off a delightful nutty aroma. This is when you remove it from the heat and let it cool to room temperature before using it in your recipe.
If you’re tempted to skimp on the cooling time, just keep in mind what happens when you add eggs to something hot. No one wants scrambled eggs in their gluten free banana bread 😉
Here is a great tutorial/video on how to brown butter from Simply Recipes. It’s super easy once you know how!
The best thing about this recipe is that it’s gluten free but no one will know it. It’s soft and not crumbly at all. This banana bread is packed with flavor and will have you eating up every last crumb. Enjoy!
Gluten Free Banana Bread with Browned Butter and Maple Glaze
This is no ordinary banana bread! The flavors of browned butter, sweet bananas, a tantalizing maple glaze and toasted pecans come together to make the best gluten free banana bread you've ever tasted.
- BROWNED BUTTER BANANA BREAD
- 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 medium-large over ripe bananas
- 1/2 T vanilla
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 3/4 cup high quality gluten free flour blend (I've used Gluten Free Mama's Almond Blend, Grandpa's Kitchen, and Thrive Life)
- 1 tsp xanthan gum (reduce to 1/2 tsp if using Thrive Life and omit if using a brand that already contains xanthan)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup toasted, chopped, pecans
- MAPLE GLAZE
- 1 T unsalted butter, browned (see instructions)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 T water
- 3/4 tsp maple flavoring
- salt to taste
- In a small saucepan, brown butter by heating over medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Swirl the pan occasionally but do not stir. Watch it closely, it will bubble quite a bit for the first few minutes and when it bubbles less and you smell a nutty scent and the bottom looks golden brown, it's done. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Once the butter is cooled to room temperature, combine it with the brown and white sugars the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer. Mix together thoroughly.
- Add eggs and mix until smooth.
- Mash the bananas until smooth and add them along with the vanilla and sour cream. Mix until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix on low until combined.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a rack to cool.
- While the bread is cooling, brown another 1 T butter for the glaze.
- Make the maple glaze by whisking together the browned butter, powdered sugar, water, maple, and salt to taste. Add additional powdered sugar or water if needed to reach the right consistency.
- Spread the maple glaze over the banana bread and top with some extra toasted, chopped, pecans if you want. Slice and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container.
- slicing and store any leftovers in an airtight container.