Grain-free banana bread

Ahhh, home again after a whirlwind week on the go!

I spent the first part of the week running around between Toronto, Muskoka, and my parents' house. Then, I met up with the women of S's family on Wednesday, and we took a quick trip to Ottawa. Meanwhile, S and the menfolk spent a week in northern Ontario fishing. Lots of fun all around!

I'll be posting more photos from my trip on Friday, but here's a sneak peak for now. 

 Morning runs meant beautiful views of a quiet city. Good morning, Parliament Hill and the National Gallery!

Morning runs meant beautiful views of a quiet city. Good morning, Parliament Hill and the National Gallery!

So today I'm tackling the laundry monster, getting back into a productive groove, blog planning, and baking some grain-free banana bread. 

It's been forever and a day since I've baked anything. Since we came home to overripe bananas and I'm trying to stay grain-free for awhile, I figured it was time to give banana bread a go. I found a Paleo Banana Bread recipe that uses ingredients we already have via Civilized Caveman Cooking

What you need

  • 4 mashed bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (I used a mix of sunbutter and almond butter)
  • 4 tablespoons melted grassfed butter or coconut oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • a pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a glass or metal 9x5 loaf pan. Note: the metal pans will cook faster. (I don't have a 
  2. Blend bananas, eggs, nut butter, and oil together well in a food processor, blender, stand mixer, or with a hand-mixer. 
  3. Add remaining ingredients--coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and salt--to bowl and mix. 
  4. Pour your batter into the loaf pan and bake for 35-40 minutes for a metal pan or 55-60 for a glass pan. The loaf is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  5. Flip onto a wire rack, let cool, slice, and enjoy!

Everything came together quickly. I decided to add some blueberries, but I only had the frozen kind on hand. I thawed a cup of them, drained them well, and tossed them in a bit of coconut flour.  Then, I folded them into the batter after adding the dry ingredients.

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My loaf took about 45 minutes in the oven before the toothpick came out clean. It still turned out extra moist and fell in the middle. I suspect it was the blueberries, but I read in the comments that others experienced a more "pudding" type texture when using coconut oil. 

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The Results

It's not the banana bread I know and love, but I never expected it to be. The flavor is nice--banana-y with a hint of blueberry and sunbutter butter--without being overly sweet. The loaf is super-moist and heavy. It verges on being a bit too dense and eggy for me. If I try it again, I will probably omit the blueberries and reduce the coconut oil. 

All-in-all it was a fun experiment for the day. I'm not completely sold on "paleo" treats, but the adventure of trying new recipes and expanding my horizons is half the fun.