Banana Bread, Gluten-Free

from Art of Gluten-Free Baking 
Banana Bread, Gluten-Free
-adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook
-makes 1 9″x5″ loaf

Special Equipment Needed
-a stand mixer is helpful, but a hand mixer will do, as well
-a 9″x5″ loaf pan

Note: this recipe uses my gf flour mix, Jeanne’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix (mix together and store in a cool, dark place):
1 1/4 C (170g) brown rice flour
1 1/4 C (205g) white rice flour
1 C (120g) tapioca flour
1 C (165g) sweet rice flour (also known as Mochiko)
2 scant tsp. xanthan gum
(you can also use the gluten-free flour mixture (not baking mix) of your choice–just be sure it contains xanthan gum. Or, you can add 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum per cup of gluten-free flour. If you use bean flour, it will add a bean taste to the bread)

1/2 C (1 stick; 4 oz; 115g) unsalted butter at room temperature (you can also use a butter substitute)
3/4 C (155g) granulated sugar
2 large or extra large eggs
2 C (280g) Jeanne’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2-3 bananas, about 1 1/2 C mashed (you can use up to 2 C of mashed bananas–but 2 C will make a very moist and floppy bread)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 C chopped pecans (optional)
1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
Extra butter and tapioca flour for pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and flour your loaf pan with the extra butter and tapioca flour.

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy–about 3 minutes.  Add the sugar and beat another 2 minutes.  Add the eggs and beat for another 2 minutes.  Add the vanilla and beat until just combined.

Add flour mixture to the butter mixture–beat until just combined.  With a large spoon or spatula, fold in the bananas and then the pecans and chocolate chips (if using).

Scrape  into prepared pan.  Bake for 50-60 minutes–or until a tester comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then carefully turn out onto rack to cool completely.