… and almost no added sugar, too! I’ve been working on a grain-free banana bread for a few weeks now, and the recipe is finally ready to share. Since I started making my own almond milk, I have a ton of leftover almond meal to use up. I’ve been using it to make ‘battered’ onion rings, crusted fish, cookies (which failed miserably), ‘tart’ shells and my new favorite, banana nut bread.
If you haven’t baked with almond meal (or flour – they can be used interchangeably) here’s what you need to know:
-you can make your own ‘meal’ by pulsing almonds in a food processor until they’re fine and crumbly OR save the leftover pulp from almond milk
-conventional baking rules/ratios don’t apply – especially with baking soda. So many salty mistakes…
-this is not a ‘light and fluffy’ loaf – it’s dense, hearty and DELICIOUS!
-I ate a little over half the loaf for breakfast on Sunday morning…. then ate the rest for dessert later on. #FatFluential
Preheat oven to 350F
- 1 1/2 cups almond meal
- 1/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
Stir the above ingredients together.
In a stand mixer or bowl, combine:
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (tip: squish the bananas while they’re still in the peel for easier handling)
- 1 egg, lightly whisked or 1 ‘flax egg’ (1 tablespoon ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons water – allow to thicken before using)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 heaping tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Add dry to wet, and mix well. The ‘batter’ will have a slightly crumbly appearance – that’s normal.
Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil or butter. Add mixture and press into the pan. Smooth the top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes. Allow loaf to cool completely before slicing into squares.
Serve with with generous smear of almond butter or organic, salted butter and a mug of hot coffee or tea. Let me know if you polish off the entire thing in one day, too.
What are some of your favorite ways to use almond meal?
What kitchen appliance or accessory could you not live without? My food processor!!! I would die a horrible, lonely death without it. I’m also a huge fan of this mixing bowl/cup set I found at Winners for half price. I’ve been wanting this set since
before I was born for a while and it’s finally found a place in my kitchen. Colors make me a better cook.
Ok, one final almond butter shot!
Coming later this week:
Mint Chocolate Smoothie
Bison/Beef Cabbage Roll Casserole