Gluten-free banana bread with caramel sauce

Gluten-free banana bread with caramel sauce

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  • 8
  • Easy
  • wheat and gluten free
  • 15 minutes
  • 25–30 minutes
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"You know the pancake; this is the Pan Cake.

Take your banana bread to the next level in just half the time but with twice as much indulgence! Easy, quick and beyond delicious – it’s harder NOT to try it. You won’t even know it’s gluten free!

Once you brown your butter, you might never go back. Packed with a fragrant, nutty flavour that transforms your banana bread into such an indulgent treat, those few minutes to brown your butter will be SO worth it. It’s a yummy trick you can use for some extra flair in almost all your dishes. This recipe is gluten free but feel free to use wheat flour, it works just as great! P.S. Adding a cup of chopped pecans or walnuts will give you an additional texture boost!" – Zandile Finxa



  • 120 g butter
  • 3 very ripe large bananas, peeled
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • ½ cup amasi
  • 250 g Woolworths gluten-free all-purpose four
  • 190 g brown sugar
  • 1 t bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • ½ t fine salt
  • 2 bananas (yellow but not too ripe), sliced lengthways
  • pecan nuts, toasted and chopped, for serving (optional)
  • vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)
  • For the cheat’s caramel sauce:
  • 1 x 385 g can condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon, to taste (optional)
  • sea salt, to taste

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease an XX cm loaf tin.

2. Place the butter in a pan over a medium-low heat. As it melts, gently swirl every few minutes until it turns golden brown with nutty and fragrant. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

3. Mash the bananas in a bowl, then whisk in the cooled butter, eggs and amasi. Add the dry ingredients and gently mix until combined but not overmixed.

4. Pour the batter into the tin, then top with the sliced bananas.

5. Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes.

6. To make the sauce, place the condensed milk, milk, butter and vanilla into a saucepan over medium heat. Mix gently until the sauce comes together, adding more milk to thin out if necessary. Add the cinnamon and salt to taste, remove from the heat and serve immediately with the banana bread.

Cook’s note: Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and toasted pecans for an extra indulgent treat! Don’t have ripe bananas? Place yellow bananas on a baking sheet, bake at 160°C for 10–15 minutes, or until completely black and shiny, then cool for 20 minutes. Peel, mash and bake away! It won’t ripen the bananas, but it will soften and bring out the sweetness.

Don’t have amasi? Use buttermilk!

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Videography: Kevashan Moodley
Photograph: Shavan Rahim
Food assistant: Emma Nkunzana

Zandile Finxa Recipe by: Zandile Finxa
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Zandile Finxa is a Food XX Women In Food Award Winner 2022, product developer, and chef who's committed to the #sorghumagenda. Follow them on Instagram @queen_finxa for plant-based show-stoppers!

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