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Gina Welborn's Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Gina Welborn worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She's the author of eight inspirational romances, including the 2014 Selah finalist "Mercy Mild" in ECPA-bestselling Mistletoe Memories. She serves on the ACFW Foundation Board by helping raise funds for scholarships. She is also the webmaster for the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club. Gina lives with her pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, four guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn't realize rabbits and pigs are edible.

Gina's Latest Book Release: Christmas Traditions
EIGHT CBA and Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Authors present heartwarming novellas of Christmases gone by, where the true meaning of the season warms your heart and love flows as fast as apple cider. Includes a brand new release, “Eleven Pipers Piping,” and also Selah Award finalist, “The Fruitcake Challenge.” Grab your favorite drink, no matter the temperature outside, curl up in a cozy chair and lose yourself in holiday romance.

Featuring “Holly Daze” by Gina Welborn

After a year of geological surveying northeastern Iowa, English paleontologist James Holly yearns to join a fossil dig in Colorado. Although amused by the town’s folklore and Christmas festivities, he doesn’t believe in superstitions or curses. Celebrating the holiday only reminds him of the family he lost. What goodwill he has for the townsfolk dissipates after someone steals one of his fossils. For once in his life he needs is a bit of luck on his side, and he’ll take it, even if it’s in the form of a charming lady. 

Everyone knows fortune favors Lena Reinhardt. That’s why on St. Barbara’s Day since she turned eighteen, she’s the lucky one who places the cherry twig in the holy water. The town believes her good fortune causes the year’s windfall of crops and livestock, and it will continue as long as she stays unmarried. This year, though, Lena believes God sent James to change her luck. Now if she can only convince him… Purchase the book HERE. 

Gina's Recipe for Gluten-Free Banana Bread

For years my favorite banana bread recipe was in a cookbook our church youth group put together. After switching to a gluten-free diet, I realized something was “off” with that tried-and-true recipe. Somehow the equal-substitution flour was off. I experimented with adjusting flour and baking soda amounts. Eh. Then my mom raved about a recipe from her sister-in-law. I now use this recipe so often that it stays in my baking drawer. In fact, it’s the only recipe in there.

½ cup shortening (or ¼ cup soften butter, ¼ cup coconut oil)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 bananas
1 ¾ cup GF flour (My favorite brand is from Freedom Delivered.)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup chopped nuts (if desired)

Preheat oven to 350˚. Grease and flour loaf pan, or line with parchment paper. Beat shortening (or coconut oil and butter) and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and bananas. Combine flour, soda, and salt. Mix into batter. Fold in nuts. Bake 1 hour. Remove from pan and enjoy! Top with fresh strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

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