Abigail J. Dougherty: Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Nutrition Expert & Lover of Life
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Grain Free Banana Bread {Technique Tuesday}

Happy happy Tuesday!

Worrying by Charlie Brown

This has to be one of my all-time favorite quotes. It is so often we worry about what we cannot control and waste so much time. It is my goal this holiday season to truly sloooooooow down and enjoy the season – maybe not completely worry free but as close as possible! More on that soon :-)

By the way, it’s Technique Tuesday!! Yay! The last few weeks have been a bit crazy! My PIC (partner in crime), the lovely Caroline and I have took a little break due to both of us relocating. In case you missed it, Caroline posted a delicious recipe for Acorn Squash with Red Quinoa, Cranberries, Apples, and Toasted Almonds  – YUM!!

Link to the recipe here

Looks DIVINE!!

Looks DIVINE!!

This week for Technique Tuesday it’s all about banana bread! I grew up eating my moms delicious banana bread and have enjoyed it ever since! I love that banana bread is the perfect base for so many flavors - I have made Peanut Butter Banana Bread, Pumpkin, Coconut, Chocolate, Hazelnut and the list goes on and on!

I have found there are three ingredients that must be included in any  successful banana bread recipe:

Grain Free Banana Bread

Grain Free Banana Bread

  1. Ripe bananas: The browner and riper the better! This gives it the sweetness and the depth of flavor that only super-d-duper ripe bananas can bring.
  2. Flour: Seriously, any type of flour! I have experimented with a bunch of different ones and they all have turned out great! Coconut Flour, almond meal, whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, flax meal, gluten free flour, white flour, cornmeal and the list can go on and on. As long as you have some sort of “flour” (to my knowledge), the bread should turn out!
  3. Fat: Again, any type of fat source will do – Usually recipes call for oil but in this recipe I used coconut oil. In addition to the eggs, the fat helps to give it that amazing ooey-gooeyness that we all love about banana bread. The trick is to remember you don’t always have to use a ton. Most recipes will call for ~1/4 – ~1/3 cup. You can usually replace half with applesauce or Greek yogurt.

With those three ingredients, you can go crazy with your banana bread or go completely traditional.

Here is my  new favorite banana bread recipe! It is super ooey-gooey, it has the perfect banana-y flavor and it’s super simple! An A++ in my book!

Enjoy!!!

Delicious Grain Free Banana Bread

Recipe adapted from Rethink Simple

Serves 8-10 – depending on size you prefer

Perfect for a snack with a cup of tea!

Perfect for a snack with a cup of tea!

Ingredients:
Dry Ingredients
Perfect for a snack with a cup of tea!
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • a dash or two of sea salt
Wet Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 medium bananas (ripe)
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium size bowl and set aside.
3. Mash the bananas in a small bowl (I used a fork but you can be fancy and use a potato masher )
4. Melt the coconut oil on the stove top or microwave.
5. Mix ALL ingredients together including the wet ingredients you have not touched and the ones that you have set aside.
6. Mix well and pour into a greased loaf pan.
7. Bake for 45 mins to 1 hour. I would check it after 45 minutes. Mine was done fast.

Question:

What is your favorite way to enjoy banana bread?

What is one ingredient you always include in your baked goods?

2 Comments to “Grain Free Banana Bread {Technique Tuesday}”

  1. This looks lovely. Make me some please? Fun fact: I really don’t care for the texture and flavor of a plain banana… but love them in smoothies and banana bread!

    XOXO

    • I can’t wait to make you some!! This may be a contender for Christmas Eve Brunch, my love! It’s so good and doesn’t taste like coconut at all. I think you’ll love it!!

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