baking powder

Baking Banana Bread in Bacalar

I've been happily mucking about in the kitchen, baking with the little gas oven in the mornings when it's cool enough to do so. (Yes, I have an oven!) It's a fun challenge to bake-up delicious wheat-free healthy goods with the ingredients I have access to here.

The very first thing I whipped-up was a classic: hearty rustic banana bread, based on my recipe for Easy Gluten-free Banana Bread. Of course, I had to make a few alterations. I used a combination of white rice flour (surprisingly easy to find here) and home-made oat flour. My banana bread also had unrefined Mexican brown cane sugar (called piloncillo - delicious!), Mexican cinnamon (I always double the amount as it's more subtle than what I use in Canada), and of course - delectable aromatic Mexican vanilla. Local bananas, eggs, and a sprinkling of fresh pepitas on top - yum!

There's no aluminum-free baking powder here, or cream of tartar (so that I can make my own). Instead, I used a combination of baking soda and apple cider vinegar, and though my cake was a bit dense, the soda+acid did the trick.

I also used a small rectangular stainless steel pan, the only pan I brought from Canada, instead of a loaf pan. Worked like a charm.

The banana bread was hearty and delicious (though I'd like to make a few tweaks before sharing the recipe...) It made a lovely breakfast, enjoyed with my sweetie and a cup of exquisite Chiapas coffee in a hammock watching the sunrise. La vida es buena. Life is good.


Thanks for the awesome pic Crispin.

How to make your own healthy baking powder

The other day I ran out of baking powder, so I decided to make my own. I was delighted with how easy it was, and how well it worked in my recipes - just as good as the store-bought stuff. The best part is, the home-made variety doesn't contain aluminum, so it's much better for you, and doesn't impart an aluminum flavour. (Knowing what we do about aluminum, I'm surprised that some baking powders still have it! To be fair, the store-bought baking powder I used didn't contain aluminum, it had corn starch, monocalcium phosphate, and sodium bicarbonate.) Another bonus to making your own: you can choose your own starch, I use tapioca starch. (Typically, baking powder contains corn or wheat starch, so this recipe is good for people with corn or gluten intollerances/allergies.)

Recipe: Aluminum-free Baking Powder

Happy healthy baking :-)