This weekend I got an itch to try a new low-protein recipe. I’ve had my eyes on Cook for Love’s banana bread for about a year now, but because of work and grad school only now have I had the chance to give it a shot. Like most of the baking recipes on Cook for Love’s website, this banana bread started out with 2 cups of the website’s low-protein baking mix. I made a double batch of my own and stored it in a leftover Mix Quick bucket I had from Cambrooke Foods. Then using a Sharpie permanent marker, I labeled the bucket with its new contents, including all the individual ingredients and their amounts. This way, whenever I want to try another baking recipe from Cook for Love, I already have the baking mix assembled!
I was able to gather all of the ingredients from my local Kroger Marketplace with the exception of two items. I had to special order wheat starch from the Internet (either through Amazon.com or direct through Cambrooke Foods) and I had to make a separate trip to Wal-Mart in order to find cake flour (specifically Swans Down). Once I had everything in-hand, the preparation time was practically nothing!
Final review: After letting the loaf pan cool, I sliced a couple pieces and shared them with my husband. At first-bite, the bottom of my banana bread seemed chewy, like it had been over cooked, but as I cut slices closer to the center of the loaf, the chewiness disappeared. The banana bread was extremely moist, almost “spongy” like a poppy seed cake might be. My husband was surprised at how much the batter actually rose in the oven, even without eggs or traditional flour. Overall, this is a very delicious recipe and pretty darn hard to tell it’s not the real thing!
Hands on Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 55-65 minutes
Yield: 1 loaf, 12 slices
Phe per Serving: 27 mg per slice
Out of respect for the hard work, sweat and tears that the folks at Cook for Love have invested in developing PKU-friendly foods, please visit their website to see details on the ingredients and specific cooking instructions for this recipe and many others.