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.
- 1 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.
- Preheat 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.