Bread is so delicious! But often times it’s packed with bleached flour, gluten, and preservatives that make you raise an eyebrow while reading the ingredient list! So why not make your own, ESPECIALLY if you’re gluten intolerant – this is a perfect solution. I mean, have you seen the size vs price for gluten-free bread at the store? Outrageous! Nonsense! I’ll make my own. 🙂 And that’s exactly what #MindfulGirls Tiffany did with this Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Organic, Almond Butter Banana bread.

Every week as part of our #BeMindfulDaily blogs we highlight specific foods to create recipes around, common household items with a goal of keeping you creative in your kitchen and utilizing these common foods in new ways than you normally would. Food shouldn’t be boring, food is medicine – make it fun and mouth watering!

This week (in addition to Spinach) we are highlighting Peanut Butter (or any nut butter). Tiffany used an almond butter for this banana bread and oh my it was so wholesome and comforting!

Keep scrolling for the recipe …

Nutritional Benefits of Almond Butter:

  • Natural energy booster
  • High in Calcium which aids in muscle function and keeps your skeleton strong
  • Contains copper: enables you to make melanin, which is a pigment that helps protects your skin from the sun
  • Each 2-tablespoon serving of almond butter contains 111 milligrams of calcium, or 11 percent of the recommended daily intake, as well as 299 micrograms of copper, or one-third of the daily requirement.
  • Contains Vitamin E & Magnesium: offers 89 milligrams of magnesium, which is 28 percent of the daily recommended intake for women and 21 percent for men; Vitamin E supports healthy communication between your cells and prevents blood lipid oxidation, which is a process linked to cardiovascular disease.
  • Almonds help to slow absorption of sugar and carbs

Fun Historical Facts:

  • Almonds are mentioned as far back in history as the Bible. They were a prized ingredient in bread served to Egypt’s pharos. Their exact ancestry in unknown, but almonds are thought to have originated in China and Central Asia.
  • The almond is botanically a stone fruit related to the cherry, the plum, and the peach
  • The Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm
  • California is the only place in North America where almonds are grown commercially. In the past 30 years, California’s almond yield has quadrupled. More than 450,000 acres in the lush San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys are under almond cultivation, stretching 400 miles between Bakersfield and Red Bluff, California.
  • They are 100% reliant on wild bees and honey bees for crop pollination — No bees, no almonds

Gluten Free, Paleo, Dairy Free, Organic

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RECIPE – Serves 8

Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free banana bread with almond butter

Prep Time  (10 min)
Cook Time (55 min)
Total Time  (1 hr 5 min)

Ingredients

 

  1. 4 Organic Bananas
  2. 4 Organic Eggs
  3. 1/2 Cup Almond Butter (or any nut butter)
  4. 1/2 cup Coconut Flour
  5. 4 Tbsp organic coconut oil
  6. 1 Tbs Organic Cinnamon
  7. 1 Teaspoon Organic Nutmeg
  8. 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  9. 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  10. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  11. pinch of salt
  12. 1/2 Cup walnut pieces – either mixed into the batter or crumbled on top with coconut sugar and coconut oil
  13. Crumble Top Recipe: 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/3 cup coconut sugar, 1 tbs hardened coconut oil. Sprinkle on top of batter before placing into oven
  14. 1 bowl, 1 plate, blender/processor, loaf pan

Instructions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees
  2. Combine the bananas, eggs, nut butter and coconut oil into a blender or processor – mix well
  3. Once all blended, pour into a bowl and add in coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda & powder, vanilla and sea salt – mix well
  4. Gently fold in walnut pieces (or sprinkle on top)
  5. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan – spread evenly
  6. Place into preheated oven and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean
  7. Remove from oven, let cool in a pan on a cooling rack and flip your bread out onto a plate.
  8. Enjoy!

 

By Mindful Girls Tiffany
Be Mindful, You’re Creative http://bemindfulyourecreative.com/
We know, amazing right. Banana nut bread takes me back to my childhood, at nanie’s house. It truly is a wholesome comfort food – now with a healthy alternative twist! Thanks, Tiffany!