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HEALTHY (PALEO) BANANA BREAD

HEALTHY (PALEO) BANANA BREAD

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When I think of making healthy homemade banana bread heartwarming childhood memories come to mind.  At age 12, banana bread was the first food I baked from scratch.   Throughout my childhood, my parents took us to our Bobcaygeon cottage (north of Toronto) every summer weekend.  Baking banana bread for the family became my role and eventually a duty. 

On Saturday night when the mosquitos made it impossible to sit by the fire, we headed indoors to watch movies on cassette tapes.  I went straight to for the kitchen to bake banana bread.  While the bread baked, we relished in the aromas of sweet baking banana.  My youngest brother would say every 15 minutes, “Is it ready yet?” 

Once cooked I would let the bread cool, keeping my sibling’s appetites in further anticipation.  Once cooled, I cut the bread into slices thicker than normal, but just thin enough to fit into the toaster.  I toasted the slices giving them crunchy ends and bits, then smothered them with butter.  My family loved my bread.   Their approval of my cooking has certainly helped shape my love of and career around food.   

This recipe is super easy and turns out a mean banana bread.   After the bread has cooled, you can toast it or put slices in the Panini press.  On the Paleo path, dairy is prohibited.  So, I’ve smothered this grain-free version in avocado butter!  Add whatever ingredients you like to the DOH before baking.  Dried fruit, seeds, and nuts are all lovely additions to this sweet bread.

WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF HEALTHY (PALEO) BANANA BREAD?

HEALTHY (PALEO) BANANA BREAD

HEALTHY (PALEO) BANANA BREAD

The most appropriate way to describe this Healthy (Paleo) Banana Bread is dense, spongy, chewy, and sweet!  Delicious!  It’s hard to believe it has no wheat! The pleasant bitterness from the walnut pieces nicely offsets the banana sweetness.  

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF BANANA?

Bananas are a popular fruit and for good reason, they are nutritious and provide many health benefits. First of all, bananas are a great source of fiber, which helps to regulate digestion and keep you feeling full for longer. They are also high in potassium, which is essential for maintaining healthy blood pressure and heart function.

Bananas are also a good source of vitamin C and vitamin B6, which play important roles in maintaining a healthy immune system and nervous system. In addition, they contain antioxidants which help to protect the body against damage from harmful free radicals. Eating bananas regularly may also help to reduce the risk of certain diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.

They are also a great snack option for athletes and active individuals, as they provide a quick source of energy. Overall, there are many health benefits to be gained from incorporating bananas into your diet.

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF HEALTHY (PALEO) BANANA BREAD?

PALEO BANANA BREAD

PALEO BANANA BREAD

What is the nutritional value of this Healthy (Paleo) Banana Bread?  While both Paleo compliant, bananas are also high in carbohydrates. In my opinion, they should be eaten sparingly, especially if you’re trying to lose some extra weight. Bananas are, however, super healthy. Some of banana’s benefits include:

Being high in potassium, banana can be eaten every day, some doctors believe. Due to the high potassium, bananas helps maintain proper heart function by offsetting sodium that would otherwise raise your blood sugar. This helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. This high potassium is also believed to help prevents kidney stones.

The natural sugars and soluble fiber in banana also provides energy. One banana is a good morning meal.

Bananas are also high in fiber and prebiotic oligosaccharides, which feeds good bacteria to your digestive tract and keeps bowl movements regular.

One banana per day also provides you body with its need for vitamin B6. B6 helps maintain correct blood sugar levels, helps create hemoglobin for healthy blood, and breaks down amino acids in the body. 

Eating bananas can help prevent acid reflux by enhancing the protective mucus layer, which relieves pain and helps food to move faster through the digestive tract.

The tryptophan in banana can also help to reduce stress.

WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH HEALTHY (PALEO) BANANA BREAD?

The predominant taste sensation of this Healthy (Paleo) banana bread is sweetness, due to the fruit. For this reason choose a wine with natural sweetness. Because bananas are sweet, you’ll need a very sweet wine to match. Choose a late harvest wine, such as Late Harvest Riesling, Vidal, or Gewürztraminer.  Just always make sure that the wine is sweeter than all the sweet items on your dessert plate.  But think about it…do you really want to add that extra sugar to your meal?  If not, opt for a cup of tea!

WINE TIPS:
ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Paleo or Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. Additionally, alcohol does not align with a keto diet or low-carb lifestyle. Moreover, your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Furthermore, your body will metabolize alcohol as fuel before utilizing food, which can decelerate fat burning and may lead to the storage of carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Moreover, alcohol consumption stimulates the appetite, potentially causing overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress.

WHAT OTHER HEALTHY (PALEO) RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?

HEALTHY (PALEO) BACON WRAPPED DATES

HEALTHY (PALEO) BACON WRAPPED DATES

Meatloaf Sante Fe

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Hearts of Palm Mango Salad

Coconut Pineapple Drumsticks

HOW DO YOU MAKE HEALTHY (PALEO) BANANA BREAD?

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HEALTHY (PALEO) BANANA BREAD

HEALTHY PALEO BANANA BREAD


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This Healthy Paleo banana bread is a fabulous way to start the day or to enjoy at lunch, brunch, or for dessert!  Super filling and highly nutritious!   The recipe uses almond flour, tapioca starch, bananas, guar gum, and eggs.  Add nuts if you like. If you are hunting for a filling and satisfying banana bread to enjoy on its own or with a glass of wine, check out this recipe!

 


Ingredients

Units Scale

1.5 cups almond flour (170 g)

1.5 cups tapioca flour (228 grams)

1 teaspoon sea salt (6 grams)

1 teaspoon guar gum (2 grams)

2 eggs

1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder

3 very ripe bananas

1/2 cup unsalted walnut pieces or favourite nuts (optional)

Avocado butter (optional)

No sugar added marmalade (optional)

Coconut cream (optional)


Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F (170 C).  Add all ingredients to a food processor or mixer and mix into a goowey dough.  Remove bowl from machine.  Fold in nuts (optional).  Transfer goowey dough to well-greased loaf pan (4 cup/4″ X 8″).   Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf, comes out clean. Let bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.   Slice and serve or put in toaster or panini press and toast until golden.  Serve with avocado butter, marmalade, and coconut cream for a yummy dessert experience.

Notes

  • (Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  We cannot know what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.) 
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour
  • Category: HEALTHY
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Breakfast, lunch, brunch, dessert

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 508
  • Sugar: 3.7
  • Sodium: 377
  • Fat: 7.5
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8
  • Carbohydrates: 102.6
  • Fiber: 4.6
  • Protein: 4.2
  • Cholesterol: 27

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