sugar-free; gluten-free; dairy-free; egg-free
makes one loaf
One day while trying to make a bread recipe, I looked in the refrigerator and most of the ingredients needed were missing. This came to be as a result. Versatile and free of many food allergies, it makes for a nice loaf of bread.
The good news is I have made this recipe in many different ways; even adding less flour, and it still tasted decent as a bread pudding of sorts. I do love adding a little vanilla ice cream for a dessert. My mother loves adding sharp cheddar cheese. The end result is a moist, not overly sweet bread.
Equipment: One large mixing bowl. High speed blender if making flour. Measuring spoons. Loaf pan.
Banana Nut Bread
Delicious moist banana nut bread without processed sugar, gluten, eggs, soy, and dairy.
Ingredients1 c. flour (1/2 c. almonds, 1/4 c. cashews, 1/4 c. gluten-free oats made a little over a cup which is fine). 1 ripe banana. 3 pitted dates to make date paste. 1/4-1/2 c. walnut halves. 1 t. coconut oil. 1 t. gluten-free baking soda. 1 t. lemon juice. 1/2 t. gluten-free vanilla. 1/4 t. ground cinnamon and a little more for sprinkling on top. 1/4 -1/2 t. orange zest. Feel free to add raisins and goji berries if desired.
DirectionsPreheat oven to 350°F. Oil bread pan.
Mash one ripe banana in mixing bowl. Add lemon juice and vanilla. Grind in blender flour of choice – I really love the taste of hazelnuts but this is not the season for organic ones to be in store, so I am adding almonds, cashews, and oats – the trick is making enough flour to balance the wet ingredients to avoid banana bread pudding. Add flour to wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Add coconut oil, cinnamon, and date paste*. Grate orange rind to make zest. Fold in walnuts. Make certain batter is not too runny. If so, add more flour. Pour into oiled pan and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Cook for twelve to fifteen minutes or until top appears crusty. I enjoy this recipe best warm.
*To make date past: After I am finished with making flour, I add three soaked dates and 2 T. water to blender. Blend until combined. There are always date chunks and that is okay.