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The best Banana Bread you'll ever try...!

Ok, I must admit that I love a good Banana Bread at the best of times, but this one, really takes the cake (pardon the pun!). I have to rate this as the best ever, most delicious, most satisfying and altogether good-for-you recipe that I've tried. It is a truly wonderful creation. It is so well balanced in flavour, so light and smooth in texture, with a satisfying crunch from the toasted walnuts and a delightful chewiness from the caramelised banana slices on top. In fact, my mouth is watering just writing this and knowing that a freshly baked loaf awaits me in the kitchen! Just when you think it can't get any better though, you have to try spreading it with Macadamia Nut butter.......absolute bliss! Ok, enough I know, but I have to say, I think this is love! :)

I have to credit this recipe to Heather Cuthbert, from Nuts About Nutrition who is now based in Kenya, but was previously a Therapeutic Chef at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. You can find her website here: http://www.nutsaboutnutrition.co/about-me.html.
One of the things I love most about this recipe is the fact that it is made purely from wholesome ingredients that are super nutritious. So, let's break this loaf down to the raw ingredients and check out just why it is such a winner in the health stakes:

  • Bananas – rich in vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium, vitamin C and manganese, bananas are deliciously sweet in taste while being good for heart health and digestion;
  • Walnuts – high in omega-3 oils and vitamin E, walnuts are anti-inflammatory and a great antioxidant;
  • Coconut Flour – made from ground and dried coconut meat, coconut flour is high in healthy saturated fats and fibre. It is great for supporting healthy metabolism and balancing blood sugar levels;
  • Almonds – high in monounsaturated fats, vitamin E and magnesium as well as the only nut that is alkalising to the blood;
  • Cinnamon – warming and sweet, a good source of manganese, cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar and curb sweet cravings;
  • Wild honey – wild honey is rich in minerals and enzymes and doesn't upset the body's mineral balance as much as sugar;
It is also completely gluten free, dairy free and free of refined sugar and flour.

I mean, does it get any better than that?! :) Seriously though, if you do have half an hour up your sleeve this weekend, do yourself and those around you a favour and try this recipe.

Banana Bread Extraordinaire Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas (2 mashed and 1 sliced in 1cm slices to decorate)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup wild honey (this is optional or use less if you prefer)
Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Line a 8.5 x 4.5 loaf tin.
  3. Put coconut flour, ground almonds, cinnamon, baking soda & salt in a bowl & mix.
  4. In another bowl whisk eggs, vanilla extract and 2 mashed bananas.
  5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry without mixing, then add the melted coconut oil and honey and mix all together. This way it emulsifies better.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and smooth the top with the back of a spoon or spatula.
  7. Decorate the loaf with the banana slices and the chopped walnuts.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through (check that a skewer comes out clean).
  9. Let it cool before removing it from the tin.
Delicious served on its own or spread with nut butter!

Sources:

  • Cuthbert H. (2015). Banana Bread Recipe. The College of Naturopathic Medicine Newsletter
  • Pitchford P. (2002). Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition. North Atlantic Books. California, USA
  • The world's healthiest foods. (2016). Available at: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=108 (Accessed: 28 May 2016)


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