My banana bread recipe is important to me for many reasons, but the primary source of my pride resides in the simple fact that this was the recipe that compelled me to become a gluten-free baker. It sounds silly in retrospect, but in truth, after I found success in creating something so delicious when everything that came before fell short, I felt hope rise up within me that maybe, just maybe, life was going to be beautiful once again. This bread is divine right out of the oven with melted butter, supreme when toasted with a little butter and honey, and sinful with cream cheese icing. Adapted from "Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free" by Karen Morgan.
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I grew up with banana plants growing in the backyard. So to me, bananas are not the year-round fruits that you find in just about every market in the world, but fruits you waited for until just ripe to pick off the plant. And when they were ready, you ended up with loads of them.
Needless to say, the picked-too-early green bananas that are piled on my local market shelves don’t have the same appeal to me. But now and then, I crave sweet, ripe bananas — and what better way to enjoy them than in a delicious cake?!
Here the sweet bananas are mixed with rich Brazil nuts and teased by swirls of dark chocolate to make a most luxurious cake — one that might even make you dream of the tropics.
Just like Aziz Ansari‘s homemade frittata and Mindy Kaling‘s favorite shrimp and grits, Jessica Alba‘s recent photos of her apple banana bread pudding set off the ol’ hunger pangs — and had us hankering for that recipe.
We weren’t the only ones: Hundreds of her followers posted comments asking for info on the actress’ healthy dish, which is made with egg whites, light brown sugar, and vanilla coconut milk — a sharp departure from caloric cream-soaked or donut bread puddings.
Well, ask and you shall receive because Alba is sharing her gluten-free, dairy-free — but flavor-full — recipe exclusively with us!
"After being away from home for a few weeks, I craved fall comfort food," the actress and co-founder of The Honest Company tells PEOPLE. "So, I wanted to make this delicious bread pudding with my girls [Honor, 5, and Haven, 2]. We adapted this recipe from Denise Jardine’s The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen, a cookbook that I have in my collection."
Jardine’s original recipe called for pears, but Alba subbed in "apples and bananas we already had" for a seasonal spin. She also added a touch of sweetness and spice, sprinkling a little cinnamon and vanilla sugar to the dish before baking.
"One of the reasons I love bread pudding is that the recipes are so versatile. You easily can adjust them to your liking and use what ingredients you have at home," says Alba. "While you can use any bread and milk you like, I cubed gluten-free bread because it’s dense and really soaked up the tasty coconut milk I used for the cream base. Don’t be afraid to try cow’s, almond, soy, or rice milks depending on your dietary needs."
"Of course, you never can have too much chocolate," she says. "If I were making this again, I would layer in more chocolate chips than the recipe called for!"
If you’re using fruits with their skins on, like apples, pears, or peaches, Alba recommends giving them a thorough rinse before baking: "Make sure to wash [them] really well, even if [they're] organic, to get rid of the handling contaminants, bacteria, and dirt," says the actress, who uses her Honest Fruit+ Veggie Wash.
"Everyone in the family loved the apple banana bread pudding," she says. "I call that a successful first attempt at making it!" Now, it’s your turn!
— Sonal Dutt, PEOPLE Great Ideas