I am not really a sweet tooth, and after quitting sugar my taste for sweet things just went away. However, just because I have stopped eating sweet things doesn't mean others around me have to do the same. Last week a friend came back from the Commonwealth games and to celebrate his achievement we decided to make him a cake, but a healthy one.
Athletes have the tendency to eat whatever they want because they don't put on weight due to all the exercise they do. However, the optimal nutrition can help them recover faster, improve their performance, and reduce inflammation. Also, being fit on the outside doesn't mean you are healthy on the inside.
I knew an athlete who was incredibly fit. Unfortunately he had a terrible diet and had to have a triple bypass surgery because his arteries were clogged from eating lots of unhealthy food. With that on my mind I wanted to make a cake that didn't have processed sugars or trans fats. Sugar and trans are bad news for people who want to reduce their inflammation. So I made a paleo banana bread and it was pretty good. It had just the right amount of sweetness, not too sweet but sweet enough to curb a sweet craving.
The recipe is from The Merrymaker Sisters who are famous for their paleo cake recipes. I saw them when I went to the IIN conference earlier this year in Sydney and since then I have been following them on Instagram. I encourage you to check out their site for more sweet and healthy recipes.
Without further ado here is the recipe for their banana bread.
P.S. I switched a few of the ingredients like the banana flour with an even mix of coconut flour and buckwheat flour because I didn't have banana flour. Coconut flour by itself can suck a lot of moisture so I used buckwheat flour to keep it a bit fluffy. I used walnuts because I didn't have pecans.
Also, remember to use really soft and ripe bananas as they are sweeter and more nutritious than their less ripe counterparts. The bananas are ripe to eat or cook with when they start getting black spots on it.
Paleo Banana Bread
- 4 bananas
- 4 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 a cup of coconut oil melted
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 a cup of coconut flour
- 1/2 a cup buckwheat flour
- one cup of walnuts
- Heat your oven to 180 degree celsius.
- Blend the bananas until they become a puree.
- Add the eggs, honey, vanilla and coconut oil. Continue to blend until combined.
- Stir through baking powder and cinnamon.
- Sift flour into the mixture, add the nuts and stir.
- Pour the mixture into a loaf tin
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and place some nuts on the top of the bread.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Then take it out and cover it with foil because of the coconut flour and buckwheat flour can get burnt quickly.
- Then bake with foil on top for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Let cool and turn onto a wire rack.
Eat it by itself or slathered with almond butter, butter, or coconut oil, with a side of berries. You can also slice them and store it in the fridge for later, and toast them when you want a warm, sweet, and nutritious snack.
With love & simplicity,