Vegan & Gluten Free Banana Bread Made with Buckwheat Flour
My whole grain flour obsession du jour is buckwheat. I’ve been using buckwheat flour in combination with wheat flour for years, but now I’m learning to savor it solo.
Sweet-tooth me, a cake-y banana bread seemed a great place to start. Hello, Vegan Buckwheat Banana Bread!
What is Buckwheat?
You may already have an affection for buckwheat, too without having thought about it much: think savory French crepes with melting Gruyere (the ultimate street food IMHO) or a big bowl of earthy Japanese soba noodles. But if baking with buckwheat is unfamiliar terrain, then it’s time to explore.
Buckwheat is actually one of the oldest crops in the world and is naturally gluten-free. Despite the misleading name, buckwheat has no relationship to wheat at all; it’s actually a fruit seed (related to rhubarb—who would have thunk?), not a grain.
Why Should I Bake with Buckwheat Flour?
When buckwheat is milled, buckwheat produces a flour that is light and fine-textured. It is a very absorbent—more so than wheat flour—and works wonders in baked goods. Think crisp cookies and tender as can be breads, cakes and muffins.
And the flavor! Buckwheat flour gives baked goods a rich, earthy flavor akin to nuts (walnuts and pecans come to mind in particular).
Is Buckwheat Flour Nutritious?
Buckwheat (whole, or milled into flour) is very nutritious indeed!
If you need further incentive to give buckwheat flour a try, with this bread or in another recipe, consider this: buckwheat, like quinoa, contains a full spectrum of essential amino acids, making it one of the few vegetable sources of complete protein that equals the protein of fish or meat in quality. Perhaps I should rename this “power banana bread?”
Which brings me to my banana bread.
Everyone who buys bananas ends up with some brown bananas, so it’s my position that one can never have too many recipes that use them up. I prefer simple recipes to deal with my banana bounty, and this bread fits the bill. It is mixed up in minutes and tastes like cake, despite being low in added sugar and all-round healthy.
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