I was going to call this “Grain-Free Banana Bread” but I didn’t want to get the hopes up of my readers with nut allergies. Sorry, you guys.
For the rest of us, though, this is one of the things I made for our holiday party this past weekend. As far as banana breads go, grain-free or otherwise, it’s really pretty good – nice and moist, not too dense and not too sweet. It’s really filling, too, and everyone seemed to enjoy it (especially banana bread-loving me *burp*). If no one told you it was made with almond flour, I’m inclined to believe you wouldn’t know the difference.
This keeps very well for several days, tightly wrapped and stored in the refrigerator. At least, I think it does; I made this on Saturday and it didn’t make it past Tuesday. Did I mention a slice is a very nice breakfast, coupled with a hard boiled egg?
Note: Because it’s made with almond flour, and nuts can burn easily, keep an eye on it the last 10 or so minutes it’s in the oven because it will over-brown pretty quickly.
Almond Flour Banana Bread
12 generous servings
3 cups almond flour
1 heaping teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
3 large eggs
2 large very ripe bananas
1/2 cup coconut sugar
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil or butter
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 350 F; grease a 1.5 quart loaf pan.
Whisk together the almond flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or another large mixing bowl if you’re using a hand mixer), mix the eggs, bananas, sugar, coconut oil (or butter) and vanilla on medium speed until well blended. Mix in the almond flour mixture in three additions on low speed, mixing well and scraping down the sides after each addition. Stir in the walnuts.
Pour the batter in the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Place on a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes before turning out the loaf. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.
Nutrition (per serving): 277 calories, 21g total fat, 46.5mg cholesterol, 227.6mg sodium, 296.5mg potassium, 14.7g carbohydrates, 3.9g fiber, 8.8g sugar, 2.6g protein.