Bread, Breakfast, Gluten Free Vegan

Banana Bread

 

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This healthier guilt-free version of banana bread is a big hit among anyone and everyone who’s tried it.
IMO this banana bread is the best banana bread I’ve ever eaten. I just love it to bits, despite the fact I’m not a fan of bananas, but I do tend to enjoy banana bread now and then.

This banana bread is just in a league of it’s own. Put a nice slab of butter (nut butter, fruit butter, or vegan butter) on a big warm slice, or eat as is. I warn you, it may be hard to not eat the whole loaf! If you do get carried away in the delicious, comforting flavors and end up eating more than a slice or two, it’s OK because this banana bread is clean, low in sugar, and high in protein from the chickpea flour. You’d never guess by the taste, though 😉


Banana Bread

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Yeast-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free optional

Yield: 1 bread loaf

ingredients:

•2 chia eggs (2 tbsp chia seeds + 6 tbsp purified/distilled water)
•1 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
•1 cup garbanzo bean flour, or 1 more cup gf all-purpose flour
•3/4 cup coconut sugar
•1 tbsp ground cinnamon
•1 tsp baking soda
•1/2 tsp salt
•3 ripe-overripe bananas
•1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil, melted or softened
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1/4-1/2 cup walnuts, optional

instructions:

preheat oven to 350.
prepare chia egg by adding 2 tablespoons chia to 6 tbsp distilled water into a small bowl and set aside to gel for 5 minutes. in a large bowl mix together dry ingredients except for the nuts. mash bananas and add to dry mixture (i make a crater in the middle of the dry mixture and pour in the wet ingredients then fold over the dry to incorporate). add in the rest of your wet ingredients including chia egg and mix until just combined. fold in nuts last and stir to mix in, or if you like sprinkle nuts on top of bread batter once it’s in the pan. grease or line loaf pan with parchement paper and pour in your batter. bake for 45-50 minutes. check with toothpick for doneness, if comes out clean it’s ready. enjoy!

Bread, Breakfast

Strawberry Banana Oat Bread

 

Banana Strawberry Oat Bread
This strawberry banana oat quickbread is hearty, wholesome, sweet and deelicious!

Let’s talk about oats for a minute. Old-fashioned oats to be specific. In case you didn’t already know, old fashioned oats are also referred to as rolled oats. Rolled oats are darn healthy grains. They are highly nutritious whole grains packed with fiber. In fact one cup is a whole 10 grams! These oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, including  Beta-glucan, a soluble fiber unique to oats. Beta-glucan is associated with a 5 percent reduction in total cholesterol and a 7 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol, the type associated with heart disease. (Read more here.) Oats are low-glycemic, which is important to look for to regulate blood sugar levels, not just for weight loss purposes. These grains happen to be very filling, and that’s why I love them. Apparently, I have a black hole in my stomach and it takes a lot for me to feel full, but it seems that whenever there are oats present I always feel full and satisfied without the sluggish feeling heavy processed foods may leave behind.


Strawberry Banana Oat Bread

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Refined Flour-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Yeast-Free

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

Yield: One 9×5 or 8×4 Bread Loaf

ingredients:

2 cups gluten free rolled oats, ground to a flour
4 heaping tbsp gluten free rolled oats, whole
1 tsp baking soda
1/2-1 tsp ground cinnamon, optional
3/4 tsp gluten free baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup fresh strawberries
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2/3-1 cup coconut nectar, brown rice syrup or maple syrup
1/3 cup virgin unrefined coconut oil
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9×5 baking/loaf pan. Grind your 2 cups of your rolled oats in a blender or food processor to make into flour. It is perfectly fine is some whole oats remain in the flour. In a large bowl, mix oat flour, and the rest of your dry ingredients well. Puree your strawberries. Now add in strawberry puree and mashed bananas along with the rest of your wet ingredients. Mix with a wooden or plastic spoon (preferably) until blended together evenly. Pour your bread batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 30-50, or until top is golden-brown and toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!