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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Recipe: The Best Healthy Paleo Banana Bread

The Best Healthier Paleo Banana Bread Recipe - low fat, gluten free, low sugar, refined sugar free, low carb, dairy free, grain free

Over the last month or two, Paleo Banana Bread has been my nemesis - that is, however, until last week.

You see, I'm really fussy when it comes to creating recipes for the blog. They have to be 110% perfect - and they have to be perfect for 3 batch tests (make it once, make it again and make it again - that's how you know the recipe is consistent).

Recently I've been trying to perfect a paleo banana bread recipe for you all as many readers have asked me for a Healthy Coconut Flour Banana Bread Recipe. 

Well... let's just say I've called coconut flour some not so nice names that we won't repeat on this family friendly blog....

I didn't want paleo banana bread that used sixteen eggs or umpteen different hard to find flours - and I didn't want half a pound of butter in it either. I was on a mission. A mission to create a healthy paleo banana bread recipe that had the least amount of ingredients possible, was fool proof and wasn't full of butter, oil or eggs. 

The Best Healthier Paleo Banana Bread Recipe - low fat, gluten free, low sugar, refined sugar free, low carb, dairy free, grain free

And boy, oh boy, did I succeed. It's moist (and I hate that word, but it's necessary), fluffy yet just perfectly dense (like good banana bread should be), can be toasted to perfection or eaten on as is and it makes your kitchen smell like banana bread heaven.

Not to toot my own horn or anything (okay, I'm totally tooting my own horn) but this is the best Paleo Banana Bread Recipe I have ever tasted. You cannot for a second tell that it's grain free, gluten free, lower fat or lower sugar - you certainly cannot tell it's low carb and you seriously can't tell it's healthy. Best of all, even the coconut hating husband loved it. 

Now whilst I still think my "The Best Healthy Banana Bread Recipe" is the best ever regular healthy banana bread - this is the best paleo version - and I'm seriously having trouble deciding which I like best.

The Best Healthy Paleo Banana Bread Recipe - low fat, gluten free, low sugar, refined sugar free, low carb, dairy free, grain free

I never thought it would happen, but I'm a paleo banana bread convert. In the past I hated what I'd tried - to eggy, too dense, too coconutty, too oily, too heavy, too blergh. I wondered about the sanity of those who swore by it until I perfected my own recipe. And when I perfected this recipe - I danced around the kitchen like a lunatic and eagerly watched my next batch of bananas so I could try the recipe for a second and third time. 

And when the next three batches (because this banana bread disappeared in the blink of an eye) were just as good as the original - I knew I'd done it.... so I danced some more. 

Seriously, sometimes the SIL kitchen is just a really lame dance club for the uncoordinated (aka: me) who dance with a mouth full of some successful baked good. Jesse never dances with me though - he just rates recipes ;) 
But I promise, you'll probably be dancing with me (in spirit - though, feel free to invite me over for a slice!) in your own kitchen once you make a loaf of this banana bread. 

So let me give you the recipe >> 
The Best Healthy Paleo Banana Bread Recipe - low fat, gluten free, low sugar, refined sugar free, low carb, dairy free, grain free


The BEST Healthy Paleo Banana Bread Recipe makes 1 small loaf/9-10 slices
lower fat, lower sugar, grain free, paleo, refined sugar free

1 cup + 1 tbsp (250g/2 medium bananas) ripe mashed banana 
2 1/2 tbsp (50g) honey
2 tsp (10ml) vanilla extract
3 1/2 tbsp (50g) butter or coconut oil, melted 
1/4 cup (60g) unsweetened applesauce
4 eggs (~200g)
1/2 cup (55g) coconut flour (I recommend this one for the best results!)
1/2 cup (50g) almond meal
3/4 tsp baking soda
  • Preheat your oven to 170C/340F.
  • Grease and line a small loaf tin (we used this 21cm x 7.5cm deep loaf tin) and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mash your bananas and add in your honey, vanilla, melted butter/coconut oil, applesauce and eggs.
  • Mix in your coconut flour, baking soda and almond meal and allow to sit for two minutes. The mix will look really runny at first, but the coconut flour will soon absorb the liquid and form a thicker batter. It's more of a pancake batter consistency than a thick cake batter, however, if your mix is extremely liquidy, add in coconut flour one teaspoon at a time (I don't recommend doing this unless your coconut flour is not very absorbent - if you use this coconut flour you'll have a perfect batter!)
  • Pour your banana bread mixture into your prepared loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes to an hour (keep an eye on it - cooking times will depend on your pan size) or until your loaf is cooked through and a skewer inserted into the middle removes clean.
  • If your banana bread is browning too quickly but isn't cooked in the middle, cover it with foil.
  • Allow to cool completely before slicing.
  • We find this banana bread keeps best in a sealed container in the refridgerator and it will keep for up to a week. You can also freeze the slices by wrapping the slices individually and storing them in a sealed zip lock bag in the freezer.

And because I was very kindly asked by reader, Caitlin, I worked out the nutritional information for this recipe as per my ingredients for 1/9th of the recipe, which you can find here

But tell me, are you a coconut flour fan? 
What's one recipe you wish you could perfect or make healthier?

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