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Banana Fruit Bread from The Spunky Coconut

I always feel pathetic when I read how all of the bloggers are connecting with each other online. I closely follow Shirley Braden of Gluten Free Easily and Amy Green of Simply Sugar & Gluten Free (both, by the way, will be presenting at the 2011 Gluten & Allergen Free Expo) and am envious how they join these blogger communities. I must admit, although I have my website and seem to spend a lot of time on the computer, I am still inept at some of this stuff. Last week, I finally emailed Shirley and asked her to explain how I can join the Adopt a Blogger gluten free community.

It was so easy! Thanks to Amy’s very detailed email after Shirley assured me I was capable of doing this, I think I will Adopt a Blogger again in the future. The only bad news is that my picture of my very delicious bread didn’t turn out so well. But, other than that, it was lots of fun and I tried a great new recipe I wouldn’t have made otherwise.  Shirley’s August Adopt A Blogger post can be found here.  It turns out you don’t even need to be a blogger to Adopt A Blogger!  You can join in on the fun too – and Shirley is so nice, I bet she’ll help you figure it out if you are like me and lost at this sort of thing!

My Adopt A Blogger entry is for Kelly Brozyna’s Banana Fruit Bread. If you haven’t seen Kelly’s site, The Spunky Coconut, you should check it out.  I learned about all kinds of coconut based products that I have never heard of before (such as coconut sugar).  Then when I was at Whole Foods I found even more coconut based products that I had not ever noticed – like the rich and beautiful coconut nectar (it seems to work like agave nectar as a sugar substitute).

When I was growing up my mother had three rules of the kitchen.  1.  Make sure you have all the ingredients you will need for your recipe.  2.  Start with a clean kitchen.  3.  End with a clean kitchen.  I broke rule #1 when making my banana fruit bread.  I didn’t have some of the ingredients and I couldn’t find the coconut sugar in the store.

I followed Kelly’s recipe for Banana Fruit Bread but made these modifications.  Instead of 2 chopped uncooked apples I used one diced peach.  I used lemon olive oil instead of the coconut oil.  I added 3/4 cups dried cherries.  I replaced the coconut sugar with coconut nectar.

On a side note:  I purchased the vanilla creme liquid stevia that the recipe called for and made the mistake of tasting a drop on my finger.  I have never used liquid stevia before and was shocked at the terrible taste!  What was amazing was that it worked well in the recipe and didn’t have the bitter aftertaste that my sample did.  I’ll have to research stevia more and see why we used it in the recipe and why the bitterness doesn’t transfer to the recipe.

Overall, my Banana Fruit Bread Adopt a Blogger attempt went well.  The final product was absolutely delicious and a great way to use up those leftover bananas!  The recipe seems to be fairly forgiving since I was able to replace many of the ingredients with alternative ones.   Thanks for a great recipe Kelly!  And thanks to Shirley and Amy for encouraging me to Adopt a Blogger!

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9 Responses to “Banana Fruit Bread from The Spunky Coconut”

  1. Congrats!! You did it! It feels good, huh?? I love Kelly’s blog – she’s so darn talented.

    I understand fully how you can spend all day on the computer and not really connect…I do that too. It’s a little wild that so much of my life is sitting in a chair…one would think I’d be cooking. LOL

  2. Kelly says:

    Hi Jen! Thank you so much for adopting me! I’m so happy you liked the recipe. It’s great that you were able to make substitutions and it still turned out so well! That’s great! I also don’t like liquid stevia by itself. Terrible aftertaste. Isn’t it amazing that when you bake with it you can get the sweetness with no aftertaste?! :-) So cool!

    Best, Kelly

    • jkcafferty says:

      Hi Kelly,

      It is nice to officially “meet” you! Thanks for letting me adopt you. It was a pleasure….

      And I am shocked about the liquid stevia. I’m so happy you had it in the recipe and I tried it. I don’t think I would have ever tried it on my own. Talk to you soon! Jen

  3. What a wonderful adoption post! I love Kelly’s recipes and have made so many of them. One of our family favorites of hers is her coffee cake with the secret ingredient of cooked white beans! Delish!
    The best thing about the gluten free community is how welcoming it is! I hope you never feel like an outsider because we are all just one big happy family, YOU included! Are you going to be at the expo? I believe I will be there too (just looking at logistics), so if so, it would be great to meet you!
    Again, great adoption! ;)

  4. You did such a great job on your first adoption, Jen! Hopefully, there will be many more in your future. And, woohoo on learning about so many cool ingredients. :-) I love such adaptable recipes, too. I’ve adapted several of Kelly’s and always been super pleased at the results.

    Special thanks on the mention of my presentation at the Expo! I’m so excited and still can’t believe it. And, being there with Amy and getting to meet her for the first time … well, that’s incredibly special. Plus, there’s my buddy, Steph (A Year of Slow Cooking), and now I found out Kim (Cook IT Allergen Free) will be there. What an amazing event you have put together, Jen! Can’t wait!


    • jkcafferty says:


      You are amazing! I can’t wait to finally meet you. We really do have a nice group of bloggers in our gluten free community. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to adopt! Looking forward to doing it again soon and now I know to take a better picture.

      Talk to you soon. Jen

  5. You adopted a great blogger and did a fabulous job. I love your mom’s rules but somehow I never seem to end up with a clean kitchen {sigh}

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