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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Recipe: High Protein Banana Bread

High Protein Banana Bread - Low Fat, Gluten Free, HealthyHigh Protein Banana Bread Muffins - Low Fat, Gluten Free, Healthy

Sometimes you don't want muffins, other times you feel like a cake - or perhaps you want a delicious on the go snack or breakfast?

If you're like me and can't make your mind up - this recipe is perfect. I've made it into soft protein bars, banana bread, breakfast bakes, muffins and even a cake. It's high in protein, low in fat and gluten free - and if you use peanut flour, it combines the two most incredible flavours in one recipe (peanuts and bananas).

I gave this to a friend of mine who tried it out with protein powder and she loved it - so if you don't have peanut flour - you can certainly use your favourite protein powder! Cara told me that it was perfect with vanilla protein powder, coconut protein powder and chocolate protein powder and I'm sure it would work with almost any flavour (she loved it so much she's made a dozen batches!)

Healthy Banana Bread Protein Bars - Low Fat, Gluten Free, High Protein

But is it really that adaptable? You better believe it! Check out this lovely innard shot of my bars (which I cut diagonally because I'm a goose and ended up having protein triangles). It's a different type of banana bread due to the peanut flour/protein powder and egg whites - so it's slightly denser rather than fluffy with a soft crumb - but it's super delicious. 

What's my favourite way to make this recipe? Into breakfast bakes, of course! These are perfect for breakfast, whether you crumble them into yogurt or cottage cheese, top them with peanut butter or cream cheese or eat them by themselves. 

But you want the recipe, don't you? 

Banana Protein Breakfast Bakes - Peanut Flour Banana Bread

High Protein Banana Bread or Banana Protein Breakfast Bakes
makes 3 breakfast bakes or a small loaf/cake
gluten free, low fat, high protein

3/4 cup Peanut Flour or protein powder
2 1/2 tbsp buckwheat flour or wholewheat/plain flour
2 tbsp flaxseed, ground 
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla 
2/3C egg whites or 2 eggs 
3 bananas, mashed (about 1 1/3C mashed)
1/4 cup honey/maple syrup (optional - I didn't add this as I don't like things too sweet)

Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F. 
In a bowl, mash bananas and add in egg whites, vanilla and honey (if using). 
Mix together your peanut flour/protein powder, flour, flaxseed and baking powder and pour into the banana mixture.
Mix until just combined and pour into your chosen tin. 

If baking single serve breakfast bakes: Bake for 20-30 minutes
If baking a loaf/cake: Bake for 30-40 minutes
If baking muffins: Bake for 15-20 minutes

Keep an eye on your cake/bakes/muffins and take them out of the oven as soon as they are cooked through and a skewer inserted removes clean.

But tell me, if you had to choose between a banana muffin or a slice of banana bread, what would you choose.
Muffins... always the muffins. There's something about those single serve portable beauties that gets me - breads and cakes are too easy to crumble!

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  1. Hi there,

    Can you suggest any substitutions for peanut flour?



    1. Hi Lina,
      If you don't have peanut flour you could use protein powder instead - it will just change the taste and texture a bit :)


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