Eating healthy can be tough when one of your favorite fall activities is curling with a hot pumpkin-spiced latte while something yummy bakes in the oven. But after watching the eye-opening film Fed Up (if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a must-watch), we’re making a concerted effort to cut down on sugar, forgo processed foods and make smarter tweaks to our favorite recipes.
Like this one I found for banana bread — it seems like we’ve always got a few over-ripe bananas that need to be used. They add natural sweetness, and using coconut flour in baked goods is an excellent lower-carb, high-fiber and gluten-free alternative to wheat flour.
The best part, though? Due to the higher fiber content, coconut flour doesn’t spike your blood sugar as quickly as grain-based flours — i.e. you won’t have that inevitable crash that comes post-sugar high. So you can have your cake…er, banana bread…and eat it (guilt-free), too!
Paleo-Friendly Banana Bread
(Recipe adapted from CivilizedCavemanCooking.com)
- 4 bananas
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/2 c coconut flour
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp agave syrup
- pinch sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
- Combine bananas, eggs, nut butter and butter in a mixing bowl
- Once wet ingredients are blended, add in coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, agave syrup and sea salt and mix well
- Grease or line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper before pouring in batter
- Bake for about 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
- Remove from oven and flip bread out onto a cooling rack
- Slice and serve!
This was my first time experimenting with coconut flour, and I’ve gotta say, I’m impressed. The texture and consistency seem similar to whole-wheat flour, which will make your baked goods slightly more dense.
Not so dense, though, that you lose the cake-like quality of a good banana bread. And surprisingly enough, we didn’t even need butter; it was perfectly delicious and moist enough to munch on straight out of the oven!
How do you feel about making over your favorite recipes with healthier ingredients?