24.4.16

Sugar Free and Gluten Free Banana Bread

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Do you ever get home from work and know it's going to be two hours before dinner, so scoff the nearest chocolate bar/cake/spoonful of frosting to appease you until a proper meal? No? Me neither...

The gap between lunch and dinner is usually when I'm in worker bee mode, preparing everything at my desk for the next day so I can leave with the peace of mind that comes with a free evening. However, this does mean that my brain is at full capacity and using up my last remnants of energy, so that by the time I get on the train I resemble an exhausted honeybee who has crash landed and needs a spoonful of nectar to get going again.

It is for this reason, and the fact that I had a bunch of brown bananas in the fruit bowl, that I came to this recipe. I've been looking for sugar-free and gluten-free recipes that are easily adapted and after scouring the internet and doing a Frankenstein job on 5 or 6 I've settled at this one. Onwards to the banana bread!


Ingredients

Bread

// 2 cups of chestnut flour or wholegrain flour if you're fine with gluten
// 2 tbsp coconut flour
// 2 tbsp coconut oil
//2 tbsp raw honey
// 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
// Pinch of sea salt
// 3 eggs
// 3 very ripe bananas
// 1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice

Topping

// 3 tbsp coconut oil
// 3 tbsp raw caocao powder or normal cocoa powder if you're fine with a little sugar/gluten
// 2 tbsp hazelnut/cashew butter
// 2 tbsp raw honey

Method


1 // Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celcius.

2 // Grease a loaf tin with coconut oil.

3 // Blend all the ingredients together with a hand mixer, food processor, or very strong arm.

4 // Bake for 35-45 minutes. Check after 35 minutes and if a skewer inserted comes out runny, continue baking for 5 minutes at a time. If the crust is browning, turn the oven down slightly.

5 // Put all the topping ingredients in a heat proof bowl and warm up over a pan of simmering water and stir until the ingredients combine.

6// Wait for the bread to cool and pour over the topping. When it cools it will harden slightly. Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts or desiccated coconut for decoration.




There we have it! It's so easy and if you're not a fan of washing up like me, this is the perfect no-faff recipe for you. I have a slice as soon as I get in the door with a cup of tea and it's a not-so-naughty treat that tides me over to dinner beautifully.

What do you like to nibble on before dinner? 

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