Hello there! I am very excited to talk about one of my favorite things: Banana Bread. My love for banana bread has dramatically evolved over the last 2 years. Two years ago something rather strange happened and made me realize that I had become gluten-intolerant. It all started at Whistler's best bakery, Pure Bread. Now no one can step foot into its doors without salivating- perfectly powdered almond croissants, buttery blueberry scones, fudgy flourless brownies, fresh baked breads.. I don't care who you are, their stuff smells and looks awesome. I walked into its doors knowing I couldn't enjoy its tasty treats. I already noticed the signs of my gluten intolerancensssss. That didn't stop me from taking a few bites of my girlfriend's scone though. I thought "What's two bites going to do?" Apparently a whole lot..
I was so disoriented by the time I got home that I couldn't remember the code to get into my house. To be clear, this has NEVER happened before (even in the one or two occasions I was very tipsy). And that's when I knew, gluten was doing something bad to my body and my brain. It scared me so much that I haven't had it since. Don't misunderstand me, I don't think that gluten is the devil and do not think everyone should be gluten free. I just know that it doesn't react well with my body so I have eliminated it from my diet. I think that is an AWESOME rule of thumb for eating: If something makes you feel tired, grouse, or just plain meh after you eat it, DON'T EAT IT :) Now more on Banana Bread..
As you may know, I grew up in Hawaii and we eat a lot of banana bread. Bananas actually grow in Hawaii! I've cut them straight off the tree. Crazy I know. So I've always had a big love for the bread al la banana. Unfortunately conventional bread is a big no-no for the gluten impaired. I went a long time not eating banana bread because I'm against gluten-free flour mixes (the ones made out of a crazy combination of tapioca, rice, etc flours). FACT: did you know that foods made out of these flours are actually less nutritious, more processed and higher glycemic than whole wheat equivalent? NO THANK YOU. For this reason, I subscribe to a mostly paleo-diet (grain free). And try to bake with whole foods- make food out of food versus highly processed flours. SO I made this banana bread this all these awesome things in mind. It has zero flour. The only "flour" is ground almonds which you can do yourself or buy done at the store. This bread is so awesome that no-one would know it is gluten-free and flourless. Find out for yourself :)
Blueberry Banana Bread
(Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free)
Makes 1 large loaf or 2 small loafs | 15 mins prep | 50 mins bake time | Source ME :)
3 cups almond meal/flour (available at most stores or make yourself by blending almonds to a fine powder in a food processor)
- 2 bananas mashed
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup honey (can omit if you want to limit sugar but I didn't find this made the bread too sweet)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (or other oil)
- ½ cup almond butter or peanut butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
- Optional: ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup raisins or ½ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
- Line one or two pans with parchment paper*
- In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients: almond flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda.
- In a medium size bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey, mashed bananas, vanilla and almond butter (or peanut butter). Mix together until combined.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined. Fold in the chopped walnuts, blueberries, raisins, and/or chocolate chips
- Pour the batter into a large bread pan and bake for 40-50 minutes until the center is firm. The top does brown nicely on this bread so be sure to put on bottom rack (this will avoid over browning)
- Allow to cool. Remove from pan.
- Slice and drizzle with almond butter, honey, fresh fruit or have it as is!
- Optionally make two smaller mini loafs
- Okay to grease pans if you don't have parchment paper