Paleo Banana Bread

From www.foodfanatic.com, by Taylor Kiser
Paleo Banana Bread

Paleo Banana Bread Photo

I’m sitting here at a loss for words for a few reasons:

1. UMM sweet bananas all mashed up with almond butter and chunks of ooey-gooey-melty dark chocolate that explode in every single mouthful of bread in a way that can only be described as the most DELICIOUSLY YUM gluten free banana bread that my face has ever been introduced to in a LONG LONG TIME.

2. I’m sort of freaking out over how a bread THIIIIS healthy – shout out to mah paleo peeps, WHAT WHAT - can be, like, SO moist.

3. Freaking out, the sequel, about trying to figure out a word other than “moist” to describe this bread. I know above-mentioned word does not make your taste buds tingle all the way down to your tippie toes.

Paleo Banana Bread Picture

But, I guess the word has already been put out there, so let’s just accept it in its glory and celebrate this paleo banana bread for what it is: a slice of ULTRA moist, naturally-sweet slice of heaven baked in a loaf pan.

You dealin’? I’ll give you some time.

‘Nana bread isn’t anything new and exciting. Which is X-ACTLY why it’s time to get your mashed-banana groove one. Sometimes you don’t want new and exciting. You don’t need Fig Muffins. You just want something familiar and simple that reminds you of the good old days before BILLS and, dare I say it, DOING THE LAUNDRY.

Paleo Banana Bread Image

Worst EVER right? Right.

Now that I’ve told how simple your new favorite breakfast is, let me just tell you how it’s really, like, NOT SIMPLE AT ALL. I mean, when was the last time your banana bread was jamming with thick, creamy almond butter and sweet pieces of chocolate PLUS PLUS PLUS it was GOOD 4 U.

This banana bread is going places that bread before it has never gone before. Paving the way for more NUMMY breakfasts, lunches, and maybe even BED TIME SNACKAGE. Not maybe. Let’s be real. A little chocolate munchin’ sesh = SOML.

Did I even use that term right? I’ve never said it before and now I’m getting nervous-am-I-hip-and-happening-or-am-I-really-just-lame anxiety.

Paleo Banana Bread Pic

In other news, did you even notice the lack of sugar in this recipe? I mean, there is only 3 TABLESPOONS in 1 WHOLE loaf. AND AND AND, it’s Maple Syrup (capitalized because I’m Canadian and Maple Syrup is important in my <3) which practically doesn’t even count. It comes from trees, which basically means it’s a fruit. AND THAT’S A FOOD GROUP.

This is how my mind works. I think you’re okay with being able to consume copious amounts of baked, soft, banana-sweetened goodness all in the name of getting the required 5 a day amIright?

I can hear your spotty, brown, banana rejects in the freezer calling OUT to be smashed, mashed and baked up to golden-brown breakfast perfection, like, YESTERDAY.

I wouldn’t keep them waiting much longer.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted, 44 grams*
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup creamy almond butter
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed, 390 grams or a heaping 1 1/2 cups mashed
  • 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and generously grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan with coconut oil. Additionally, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until well combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the almond butter until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. You can also melt it over the stove on low heat. Add in eggs, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth and well combined.
  4. Into the almond butter mixture, add the mashed banana and whisk until well combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk until smooth, and no lumps of coconut flour are left. Stir in the chopped chocolate until well mixed. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and let stand for 10 minutes before baking, so the coconut flour can begin absorbing the moisture.
  6. Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes. Let cool COMPLETELY in the pan.
  7. Once cooled, slice and DEVOUR.

Notes

  • Gluten free baking can be very finicky, so I highly recommend you weigh your flours.
  • Lining your loaf pan with parchment paper is important to make sure your bread comes out of the pan nicely. Just trace your pan on a large piece of parchment, and cut it out.
  • Store bread in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or freeze.

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