Better-For-You Banana Bread
This recipe actually came from a mistake. Yes, sometimes mistakes make great discoveries! I messed up a recipe I was following for banana bread, and I accidentally left out the butter. I was sure it would taste gross or have some awful texture... but, no. It was still really good! So I made some other small changes and now I call this one my own. :-) Now I have no problem with using real butter in any recipe (I usually prefer butter from grass-fed cows), but if you're really looking to cut the calories and have something a bit lighter, yet still have a baked good that tastes great, this recipe is for you. It is 30 Day Reset approved, Paleo approved, wheat-free, no added sweeteners, and just plain yummy. :-)
Ingredients for this recipe:
-4 ripe bananas
-1/2 cup almond butter
-1/2 cup coconut flour
-1 Tablespoon cinammon
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
-pinch of sea salt
-Option - add in 1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill whey protein
powder for added protein! Although, this is considered
a dairy product, so this technically would make this recipe
not 30 Day Reset or Paleo approved - but that's only if you CARE
about being super technical... and I certainly don't all the time :-)
First, start out with your 4 ripe bananas. They don't have to be super ripe either - this still comes out good as long as they have no green left on the peel (although you may want to use a blender or some kind of mixer if the bananas are not easy to mash well by hand). Mash the four bananas in a bowl and mix in the 4 eggs with the bananas. Then add in the almond butter and mix well. I really love this Trader Joe's almond butter. I find it works better in recipes than the thicker ones out there. I don't mind mixing it up first before using it and I think it tastes great!
Next, slowly add the coconut flour, stirring well the entire time to prevent any clumping. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. I like using this ground flax seed right here.
Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. I hope you enjoy my mistake as much as I did! :-)
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Terri Wentzell is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience. She is also a certified personal trainer, wellness coach, fitness nutrition coach, and sport yoga instructor.