I have never been a baker, and I stay away from gluten and hence bread. I thought baking bread takes a lot of work.
However, this recipe from the Clean Eats Newletter by Dr. Alejandro Junger has inspired me to bake my own bread (and gluten free) for the first time! I have also learnt about gut health and clean eating from Dr. Junger a couple of years ago and have realized that your gut is your second brain. Your gut is where your immune system lies, and so you really have to treat it nicely by avoiding food allergens and eating clean food!
(photo courtesy of www.southerninlaw.com – I wish my banana bread came out as beautiful as hers; well, next try!)
Adapted from the Clean Eats Newsletter:
2 medium mixing bowls
fork or potato masher
1 medium loaf pan
Coconut oil to grease pan
2 spotted/mushy bananas (medium-large)
2 tablespoons of softened coconut oil (extra virgin)
1 medium egg (cage-free)
1/2 cup gluten free flour e.g. cashew flour, coconut flour.
1/2 cup almond meal/flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder (note you have to use both baking soda and baking powder and cannot just use one or the other)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Pieces of nuts of your choice and/or coconut flakes
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease the pan very well with coconut oil. Combine wet ingredients (bananas, coconut oil, eggs) in a large mixing bowl until soft (use fork or potato masher).
2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
3. Combine wet into dry. You can add any nuts (pecans, walnuts, almond pieces, etc.) or chocolate chips or coconut flakes at this point.
4. Pour dough into the pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean (roughly 40 minutes). Keep checking and remove when the top is golden brown. Let cook for 8 minutes and then remove from pan, slice and serve. You can save it in the fridge for several days or freeze it for consumption for a couple of weeks.
The bread tastes even better after freezing it. You can toast it as well. I highly recommend giving this a try.