Gluten Free Banana Applesauce Cake




I still consider myself a "newby" to gluten free baking, but I have come to know my baking style seems to be nutty. Ha!! Meaning.. I love utilizing nut flours more so than rice blends when possible. Have you ever made a pistachio gateau.. I rest my case! :)

I was so pleased with this recipe though. I altered it a bit with the almond flour, addition of 1/4 tsp. of xantham gum and olive oil.. but other than that, it really was a wonderfully moist cake just as is. 


My husband and I just celebrated 26 years of marriage. He took me to our favorite Italian restaurant, Gourmet Italia. The owner, Alessandro Prestifilippo, has a home vineyard where he grows much of the vegetables, fruits, herbs and chickens for his restaurant recipes. And olives for his Olive Oil label! The olive oil was a MUST purchase.. It's a mild aromatic oil using the Arbequina olive from Spain, it's smooth flavored aroma makes for a wonderful addition in salads, soups and this cake. 

Definitely try this recipe!! 

Ciao and Buon Appetito!

Laurie


Gluten Free Banana Applesauce Cake
adapted from Taste of Home's GF Banana Bread

Ingredients
1- ½ cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
½ cup Almond Flour
¼ tsp. Xanthum Gum (**add this even if your flour already has it)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4-5 medium)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup olive oil (preferably NOT extra virgin)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the flour, almond flour, xantham gum, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, mashed bananas, sugar, applesauce, olive oil and vanilla.
Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Transfer to two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray.
Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a
toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10
minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. 


Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).


1 comment:

Kim - Liv Life said...

I really haven't tried my hand at GF Baking yet, but I've been trying to reduce the gluten in our lives. This looks so "normal", that I have a feeling my whole family would love it. And the olive oil?? I'm calling you soon!!!