Cross-posted from The Paleo Table
I have a confession. I love baking. I love the contrast of it. On the one hand I’m making a huge mess but on the other, baking is such a precise, science-y thing. I love the actions of baking: sifting the ingredients, smelling the spices and vanilla, feeling the richness of butter or coconut oil.
I thought when I started eating primarily Paleo foods I’d have to give all that up. Luckily, that wasn’t the case. There are so many great Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free and otherwise modified recipes out there that will let you enjoy your favorite baked goods if you’re trying to stay grain-free.
I had a few bananas languishing on the countertop today, and so there was only one thing to do. Make Paleo banana bread.
I started with this recipe from CrossFit Scottsdale and changed it just a bit. The result? Totally satisfying. Got some brown bananas lying around? You know what to do.
Paleo Banana Bread
Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2/3 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
- 4 really ripe bananas (mashed well)
- 2 tbsp local honey
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, add the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, and vanilla and mix well.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until combined. Normally with breads or muffin recipes, you don’t want to overmix, but since there’s no gluten here, mix to your heart’s content. The muffins won’t get gummy or icky.
- Fill greased muffin tins, baking cups, mini-loaf pans or big loaf pans about 3/4 full. Bake muffins for 23-25 minutes and loaves for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool slightly and enjoy with a pat of almond butter, coconut oil or grass-fed butter. Mmmm.
What have you been serving up at your Paleo table?
It’s been a while since I’ve talked to you guys! What’s been cookin’ in your kitchen? Any new favorite foods, recipes or dishes to share? Tell me in the comments.