Saturday, February 4, 2012

Seeking Comfort in Baking - Quinoa Banana & Ginger Bread (Gluten Free)

Do you ever have days where you just want to hold your family really tight?  Yesterday my 2.5 year old ran straight out into a busy carpark despite my cries of “NO” and “STOP", then he laughed at me when I explained or should I say yelled the potential consequences of his actions (the joys of a toddler). The "what ifs" of the moment stick with me.  I barely slept last night for thinking about it. 

 It can take a moment as such to make you appreciate what you have.  It makes those days where you struggle with motherhood seem so irrelevant.   It makes me want to hold my two boys really tight.  When things seem a little topsy turvy  I seek solace in my kitchen.  It may sound silly but I potter, ponder and bake sometimes into the wee hours of the morning as a release from what is shading me.  Last evening I baked this Quinoa Banana and Ginger Bread and this morning we shared a slice for morning tea whilst making paper cut outs of gingerbread men.  It was simple and peaceful family time together.

The inspiration for this bread comes from La Tartine Gourmande.   The pictures on her website always make me happy as does her food.   Beware this bread is moorish.  Its texture is soft and its crumb moist.  So perfect for when one needs some comfort.   

Quinoa Banana and Ginger Bread (Gluten Free)

1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup quinoa flakes
2/3 cup quinoa flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut sugar
4 Tbs coconut oil

1 pear, grated
2 bananas, mashed with a fork
2 Tbs glace ginger

Preheat oven to 165 degrees Celsius (fan forced) or 325 Fahrenheit
Grease and line a loaf pan (or a tin of your choice)
Combine the dry ingredients (first six) in a bowl and briefly hand whisk to evenly combine
In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients (next 3 ingredients) and whisk to combine before adding the grated pear, mashed banana and glace ginger
Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a spatula until just mixed
Pour the batter into the prepared tin (loaf pan)
Bake for approximately 20 - 25mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean

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  1. Oh you poor thing! It's so freaky when your kids think they are indestructible, my 3.5 year old son has a knack of trying to give me heart attacks on a weekly basis :-/

    Your banana bread looks super yum, love that it's got pear, banana and ginger! xx

  2. Luckily, the little ones here are a little older now and don't get themselves into much trouble of that sort but they are still a little uncautious when crossing the road. Hug them tightm everyday.
    Delicious take on the classic.

  3. oh, so scary! It does remind you how precious life is. Cherish loved ones :) This recipe looks just beautiful, Sherilyn. Banana and ginger together - I love it!
    Heidi xo


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