January 15, 2014

Banana Maple Walnut Coffee Cake–Gluten Free

coffeecake with coffee

Five pounds of bananas to make one pound of gluten-free banana flour. One meal to a hungry child. Three years from inspiration to distribution. WEDO banana flour has arrived.

Are you always on the lookout for wheat flour substitutes? Try banana flour. You will like how it bakes, a gluten-free blessing.

coffeecake piece Banana Maple Walnut Coffee Cake–Gluten Free

A humanitarian trip to Kenya and a micro-loan to ‘WEDO’ (Women Entrepreneurs Development Organization) started the ball rolling. WEDO was a fledgling business making banana flour from dried green bananas and these women inspired the creation of WEDO Gluten Free, the Park City company that distributes banana flour and donates money from every sale to World Food Program USA.

banana flour for Banana Maple Walnut Coffee Cake–Gluten Free

I have to tell you, 500 pounds of banana flour makes the warehouse waft sweet. It’s not a bunch-of-ripe-bananas smell—it’s just pleasant. And an open box of banana flour on your kitchen counter would not get your senses translating banana. Not at all.

The flavor? I dipped a wet finger in to taste–neutral, maybe slightly acidic, with smooth texture. Whole-wheat pastry flour on the tongue is similar, perhaps a bit sweeter.

Almost two years ago a sample bag of WEDO banana flour came my way. I baked pancakes and waffles and muffins, each time substituting banana for wheat flour, one-for-one, all with successful results. But when my banana flour tin was empty and I wanted more, there was none to be had.

maple banana coffeecake ingredients

When? Soon. Close. Soon. Finally. It’s been a long time coming for WEDO Gluten Free Banana Flour. You can now buy it via my Amazon affiliate link online at wedoglutenfree.com. In Park City find WEDO Gluten Free banana flour at Fairweather Natural Foods, Park City Meats and The Market at Park City.

This banana maple walnut coffee cake is from Chocolate Snowball and has always been a breakfast favorite at Deer Valley. It’s not too sweet and just dense enough to be a snack. Yesterday I had a piece for morning, mid-day and late night snack–it’s almost gone.

Banana Maple Walnut Coffee Cake–Gluten Free

Today in Letty’s Kitchen banana flour replaces all-purpose flour. The crunchy topping of flake cereal and walnuts on top? What was I thinking? Next time the topping will be my original gooey streusel with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon–the recipe posted here. It’s gluten-free and so much more decadent delicious than plain cereal!

Banana Maple Walnut Coffee Cake–Gluten Free

Yield: Makes one 8-inch square coffee cake.

Banana Maple Walnut Coffee Cake–Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • Batter:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 2/3 cups banana flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. To make the topping:
  2. Blend the butter with the brown sugar and cinnamon using your fingers or a wooden spoon. Mix in the nuts.
  3. To make the batter:
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush an 8x8-inch square or a 9x2-inch round pan with melted butter or spray generously with cooking spray.
  5. Beat the butter, sugar and maple syrup with an electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Mix in the bananas.
  6. Sift the banana flour, baking soda and salt; add to the banana mixture, blending well. Stir in the walnuts. Spread into the prepared pan. Drop the topping in small dollops onto the banana batter.
  7. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until the coffee cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes.
  8. Invert onto a plate, then invert again so the coffee cake is right side up on a serving plate.
  9. Makes one coffee cake, serves 8.
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** I received banana flour samples from WEDO Gluten Free.

You can buy WEDO Gluten Free banana flour via my Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase a product via my links, it doesn’t cost you anything and I earn a tiny commission, which helps defray the costs of Letty’s Kitchen blog. Thank you for supporting Letty’s Kitchen.

13 comments

  • Hi Letty, could you post the nutrition facts? I’m wondering what the carbohydrate content is per serving. This is very exciting. I would love more gluten free recipes from you! Reply · 16 January, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Maura,
      On the banana flour box:
      1/4 cup flour contains 25g carbohydrate of that sugars are 1g.
      I hope that helps.
      Some thing with chocolate and banana flour in the works. Reply · 16 January, 2014

  • Wow banana flour! I don’t like the taste of some gf flours but I bet this one would be good. The cake looks amazing. Reply · 16 January, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Krystle,
      I am excited to see the banana flour available everywhere soon. Reply · 16 January, 2014

  • KATHRYN DECKERT

    LETTY- JUST IN TIME I HAVE 8 OVER -RIPE BANANAS BEGGING FOR SOME EXOTIC USE. MY 6 YR OLD GRANDSON DYLAN YESTERDAY TOLD ME THEY WERE “GROSS, SO GROSS”. YES I SAID BUT THEY CAN BE TRANSFORMED INTO SOMETHING YOU CAN’T STOP EATTING. WILL VISIT FAIRWEATHER TOMORROW FOR THE FLOUR. I LOVE YOUR POSTS LETTY KATHRYN Reply · 17 January, 2014

    • Letty

      I love the smell of over-ripe bananas. I peel and freeze them for later if I am too busy when they go off. Let me know how Dylan likes his coffee cake. Reply · 17 January, 2014

  • Thanks for introducing me to banana flour – I’ve never heard or seen it before. Always looking for new gluten-free flour options. Reply · 28 January, 2014

    • Letty

      Nice to meet you Jeanette. I just posted the link to banana flour Kickstarter on G+. Reply · 28 January, 2014

  • Hi Letty, great recipe, I too, am new to banana flour, never heard of it until today but will be using it in baking in the future. But, can you use banana flour to make muffins that are not banana flavored, but just to use it as a substitute for almond flour, wheat flour, etc.? Reply · 28 January, 2014

    • Letty

      Hi–thanks for the comment. Banana flour has a non-descript taste. Actually close in taste to wheat flour but to me a bit more acidic. Doesn’t taste like bananas. I use it in muffins and pancakes and waffles too. Reply · 28 January, 2014

      • Jimmy

        I just got my wedo flour in from the kickstarter! Would you please email me the recipe for your pancakes at jimmydpinkerton@gmail.com. Reply · 7 April, 2014

        • Letty

          Hi Jimmy,
          Glad you got your banana flour from WEDO. So cool.
          I just picked out a pancake recipe from a cookbook and subbed the banana flour for the wheat flour. An oat pancake with berries would be good. I will pick another recipe this weekend and try it and send it to you if I like it! Reply · 7 April, 2014

  • […] gummy like some other gluten free flours. Last year I introduced banana flour with this recipe for banana maple walnut coffee cake. Read about WEDO gluten free banana flour online, and order it there, or via my Amazon […] Reply · 1 October, 2014

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