Friday, June 14, 2013
Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Banana Bread or Muffins
I've been working on a handful of GF muffin recipes off and on over the last few months. For whatever reasons, gluten free muffins that don't taste gluten free turned out to be much more difficult than I anticipated. I am thrilled to finally have a reliable base for so many great recipes.
For as long as I can remember, I've been the chief baker for my family's get-togethers. In the past, I would bake dozens of muffins each year and pack them for our family's annual camping trip. 30+ people can eat a LOT of baked goods over a four day weekend! I'm so happy to be taking gluten free versions this year that are every bit as tasty as their gluten filled counterparts.
Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Banana Bread ~ Gluten Free or Not
Yield: 15 muffins or 6 mini loaves
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup brown rice flour *
1/2 cup tapioca starch *
1/4 cup potato starch *
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 small very ripe bananas, about 1 cup mashed
1/2 cup sour cream
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, reserve a couple tablespoons for topping
2/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts, reserve a couple tablespoons for topping
* if you are not in need of a gluten-free recipe, simple substitute 1 1/2 cups AP flour for the items marked with an *
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the muffins tins or loaf pans with butter. Combine the butter and sugars in a bowl and beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat again on low speed until creamy. Slowly add the dry ingredients, beating just until combined.
Stir in the bananas and sour cream, then the chocolate chips and nuts. Pour into the prepared pans and top with reserved nuts and chocolate chips. Bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes, mini loaves for approximately 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Enjoy!
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