Healthy Snack – Gluten Free Banana Bread
I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying “food is fuel”. Without it, you will quickly run out of juice leading to decreased productivity and a crabby mood. So, incorporating healthy snacks into your mid-morning and mid-afternoon can balance out your blood sugar, preventing those dreaded spikes and crashes – which can lead to being less productive and less focused.
One of my personal favorites is this Gluten Free Banana Bread. It is my go-to recipe since being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. As a diabetic, I have learned to balance my meals and not deprive myself – instead, I try to find substitutes that are healthy, and natural – no additives or no artificial sweeteners like Erythritol. My idea on artificial sweeteners is that I won’t sacrifice the sweetness if my body can’t break it down.
This recipe freezes well. I let the loaf cool down completely then slice it and separate the slices with parchment paper then put them into freezer bags. When I’m ready to eat some, I take out a slice or 2, and in about 30 minutes, fresh as the day I baked them. Or if I can’t wait, I pop the slice into the toaster – using the defrost setting, and a minute or two later, banana bread heaven!
Gluten Free Banana Bread
- 3 medium ripe banans (3 bananas yield ~1 1/2 cups or 337 g)
- 1 medium egg OR substitute with chia egg*
- 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup panela optional**
- 1/4 cup organic cane sugar optional**
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp pure maple syrup OR use honey
- 3 1/2 tsp baking powder make sure it is aluminum free
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 3/4 cup almond milk (no sugar added) substitute with your plant-based milk of choice
- 1 1/4 cup fine grind almond flour
- 1 1/4 cup fine grind oat flour OR substitute with gluten-free flour blend
- 1/ 1/4 cup gluten free oats
- 3 tbsp date paste see notes below
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Mash banana in a large bowl. Add all ingredients - vanilla, egg, oil, cane sugar, brown sugar, chia seeds, maple syrup, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, almond milk.
- Whisk vigorously to combine and add almond flour, oat flour and oats and stir.
- Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15.
- When ready, it should feel firm and be crackly and golden brown on top.
- Let cool completely for about an hour . Be patient. This time is needed to make sure it holds its form.
- Serve warm topped with butter and honey or your favorite jam.