I have a golden recipe but don’t worry; it’s not the kind of recipe that will reverse the countless hours you put in at the gym this year or the kind that will bring an immense sense of guilt hours after consumption. Never fear my Paleolithic people this recipe is free from grains, dairy, gluten and most importantly, sin! I found this posted on RobbWolf.com earlier this year by Amber Karnes and I have not stopped making it since.
I have tried, tasted and cooked many Paleo desserts and baked goods but none quite match up to this Paleo Banana Bread recipe. What makes it so good is that it tastes like the real thing (if not better) but contains no wheat, no copious amounts of sugar or artificial ingredients and if that’s not enough, it is dead easy to make.
So, if you are looking for a Christmas treat to impress your non-Paleolithic friends or just want to slip a little something into your diet to satisfy your sweet craving then follow the golden steps below and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Paleo Banana Bread
2 cups almond flour
¼ cup flaxseed meal
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts, but feel free to experiment)
4 really ripe bananas (mashed well)
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla essence
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, add the mashed bananas, eggs, honey and vanilla and mix well. I then mash the bananas using a blender first and then add the rest of the ingredients to the blender (which makes it super fast and easy).
4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until combined. Normally with breads or muffin recipes, you don’t want to over mix, but since there’s no gluten here, mix to your heart’s content.
5. Fill greased muffin tins, baking cups or mini-loaf pans (I use a long rectangle bread tin) until ¾ full. Bake for approximately 23-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Let cool slightly and enjoy with a pat of almond butter, coconut oil or grass-fed butter.
One thing I have noticed while baking is that if you do use a bread tin (like I do), the baking time will vary greatly. Instead of the suggested 25 minutes it generally takes me more like 40-45 minutes, so for the first few times keep a watchful eye on the oven. This will of course depend on the strength of your oven and what type of pan you are using.
Like I said I have tried making many a Paleo treat in my time but I often find that they either don’t cook as well or they just don’t quite satisfy those cravings. However, Karnes Banana Bread fills all those gaps, is simply, indulgent and I can’t thank her enough for it.
Whether it is the combination of banana, nuts and honey or the smell of the cinnamon that wafts out of the oven while baking, either way it tastes delicious.
So if you are looking to spice up your breakfast meal or if you are searching for a little something sweet, naughty and nice this Christmas then this Paleo Banana Bread recipe is a perfect addition to your caveman diet.