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Wanda's Book Reviews

I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles.  (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).

Currently reading

A Song for Arbonne
Guy Gavriel Kay
A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin


Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread



  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon


  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 very ripe bananas, chopped
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (add 1 tsp. xanthan gum if not in mixture)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup buttermilk (or sour milk)

Preheat the oven to 350⁰F. 


Combine crumble ingredients and set aside.


Cream butter and sugars with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla and mix in bananas one at a time, until well mixed.  Combine dry ingredients and add them alternately with buttermilk, ending with dry ingredients. 


Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.  Pour half of the batter into it and spread it out.  Sprinkle with ¾ of the crumble.  Pour in remaining batter, sprinkle with remaining crumble and press into the loaf.  Bake for 50-55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.




I used Robin Hood’s blend of gluten free flour.  I also find that the amount of crumble is a bit much & try to scale it back a bit.  The bananas blend in better if you use thawed bananas (I’m always pitching over-ripe bananas into the freezer).