“Boosted” Banana Bread – Vegan & Gluten Free
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
There is just something so tantalizing about taking that first bite of fresh baked bread.
It hugs your tongue, kisses your taste buds and sings a sweet melody all the way until it reaches your stomach.
That is… unless you are gluten sensitive and the thought of bread turns your stomach into knots! Ugh. I’m right there with ya.
However, you can “have it all” by using a bit of creativity in the kitchen and whipping up your own banana bread.
This recipe is “boosted” because it is:
- Gluten free
- Grain free
- Contains no refined sugar
- Nut free option (use coconut flour and coconut milk)
This banana bread is also made with ingredients that will benefit your health.
Benefits Of “Boosted” Banana Bread
- Indulge your sweet tooth for minimal calories – a medium sized banana has about 110 calories!
- Naturally fat and cholesterol-free.
- Has a high potassium content – great for your nerve and muscle function.
- Contains a good amount of vitamin C.
- Contains fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer and promotes healthy and regular bowel movements.
- Rich content of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Excellent source of dietary minerals.
- Great source of B vitamins.
- Packed with fiber.
- High in quality protein.
- Can help reduce inflammation.
- Made up of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that are quickly absorbed by your body.
- Rapidly metabolized as fuel (but NOT stored as fat)!
- Helps boost your immune system due to the lauric acid content.
- Increases your energy.
|Almonds (Milk And Meal)
- Have a massive amount of nutrients: fiber, protein, magnesium, manganese, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin E and fat.
- Loaded with antioxidants, which protect your cells from damage.
- Assist with blood sugar control.
- Reduce hunger, because the protein and fiber increase satiety.
|Pure Maple Syrup
- Supplies some trace mineral and antioxidants.
- A more natural, unrefined product that cane and other sugars.
- Provides inflammation-reducing polyphenol antioxidants.
To serve, top it off with a healthy dollop of whipped coconut cream or a spoonful of almond butter drizzled with a touch of raw honey. Yum yum yum!!!
How to Make “Boosted” Banana Bread
- 3 medium ripened bananas (about 1.5 cups)
- 1 “chia egg” (1 tablespoon chia seeds mixed with 2.5 tablespoon water - allow to sit for 5 minutes to create a gel)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 3 tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp sea salt
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¾ cup almond meal (ground almonds)
- ¾ cup almond milk
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 ¼ cup gluten free flour (coconut flour, brown rice flour, quinoa flour etc.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.
- Add the wet ingredients into the bowl: coconut oil, “chia egg”, vanilla, almond milk and maple syrup. Blend together with a whisk.
- Add sea salt, spices, baking powder, almost meal, and gluten free flour. Stir together until well blended.
- In a loaf pan lined with parchment paper, pour in the banana bread mixture.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until ready.
- The bread is ready when it feels firm to touch, golden brown on top and a skewer comes out clean after inserted into the loaf.
What will YOU put on top of this warm, soft, and divine banana bread? SHARE with us below!
Source: Food Matters
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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