Paleo Diet Recipes - Banana Bread

Kid Tested, Mother Approved – Banana Bread From The Civilized Caveman

Banana bread…. This seems to be one paleo diet baked good all grain free converts find their way to. There are numerous recipes out there and I’ve tried a lot. Some with coconut flour, some with almond. I haven’t really come across a “bad” one per say. Until now I haven’t had “one” recipe I always go with for grain free banana bread, until now.

George @ Civilizedcavemancooking sometime ago posted a recipe on his site.(that’s his photo above as I lost mine in a server crash 🙁 ) He then proceeded to post multiple variations and comments about it continuing to peak my interest. Finally, the day came where I had a heap of brown bananas on the counter so I headed over to his site and tried the recipe out. It was nice, easy and super tasty. Even my little ones enjoyed it.

Paleo Recipes - Banana Bread

Kid tested, mother approved…

I’ve now made it several times more each time with the help of my two. One time I even added half a bag of dark chocolate chips for a treat. Every time I’ve made it I’ve always added extra cinnamon (I just love the extra flavor).

This Paleo diet recipe gets big points from me because it contains no added sweeteners, it’s easy to prepare, and it never lasts very long in our household…

Paleo Banana Bread from the Civilized Caveman
Recipe type: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Baking
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A delicious and tasty banana bread that the whole family will enjoy.
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ Cups (575 g) Bananas - Mashed
  • ½ Cup (75 g) Coconut Flour (or your choice of Paleo Approved Flour)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 g) Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Gluten-Free Baking Powder
  • 4 Eggs (Organic/Free-range if possible)
  • ½ Cup (140 g) Almond Butter (or you may substitute this for any Paleo Approved Nut Butter)
  • 4 Tablespoons (60 ml) Butter (Grass-fed) - Melted (You can also use Coconut Oil)
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 ml) Vanilla
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. • You will use the oven and you’ll also need a silicon pan or loaf pan for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Silicon pans are usually non-stick, but if you choose a loaf pan, grease it well. Set your greased loaf pan or silicon pan aside.
  2. • In a bowl, combine the banana, nut butter, grass-fed butter and eggs with an electric whisk. You may also use a blender or food processor to mix these ingredients together well.
  3. • When you have the wet ingredients mixed well, add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla. Mix all the dry and wet ingredients well. You should come up with a batter that is not too watery or too stiff.
  4. • Pour the batter into the silicon pan or loaf pan you greased earlier.
  5. • Put the pan in the oven and let your banana bread bake for 55-60 minutes. You may use a toothpick to check if your banana bread is ready. Insert the toothpick into the banana bread. If it comes out clean this means that your Paleo banana bread is ready.
  6. • Remove the pan from the oven and flip the banana bread over onto a cooling rack. Remember to put on some oven mittens as the pan will be extremely hot.
  7. • Once your banana bread is cooled, slice and serve!
This banana bread can be a perfect as a Paleo breakfast, dinner or snack! It’s not only tasty it also features the best benefits from bananas. This popular fruit can be found almost in any corner of the world, as long as importers and exporters can find their ways to each place. The earliest versions or wild varieties of bananas have hard and numerous seeds, as compared to what bananas in the market look like today.

The earliest account of cultivation of this fruit goes back to 5000 to 8000 BC in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea. It wasn’t until the 15th and 16th century that it became more popular in the Caribbean, South and Central America. The most popular commercial banana sold worldwide is the Cavendish, but there are other kinds that can be bought in the market. Because bananas may have been present way before what studies suggest, it is definitely considered as Paleo.

This fruit is a staple in most homes and kids do not find this fruit hard to eat compared to other fruits. This is why it’s perfect for this Paleo diet recipe. But what makes, this fruit amazing is its benefits for the body.

Approved Paleo Diet Food - Bananas

Filled With Vitamins, Minerals And Other Essential Nutrients

There are some people who undermine bananas and only appreciate its taste and how filling it can be, not knowing that it is one of the healthiest fruits in the Paleo diet and any other diet plan. Bananas are just made up of fiber they also contain a wide array of vitamins, mineral and other essential nutrients for the body’s development and maintenance. Protein, potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, magnesium, copper, and manganese are some of the most notable nutrients found in bananas. These nutrients found in bananas help with cell maintenance in the body.

It’s Sweet But It’s Filled With Vitamin C

Bananas are slightly sweet, so you may not know that they are filled with Vitamin C. In fact, a banana can provide 11-15% of the body’s RDI (recommended daily intake). This can help your body absorb other minerals and nutrients. Vitamin C is also known as a potent antioxidant, which means your body can fight toxins and get rid of free radicals. Vitamin C is also known to be strong enough to reduce the risk of cancer.

Keeps Your Tummy Healthy

Thanks to its rich dietary fiber content, bananas can actually help your digestive system stay healthy by promoting regular bowel movement. Bananas are rich in two types of fiber, resistant starch, and pectin. Pectin is known to help the digestive system prevent colon cancer, whilst resistant starch helps the large intestine by becoming food that is beneficial to gut bacteria.

It Reduces The Risk Of Diabetes

Paleo Diet - Reduces Risk Of Diabetes

Although mildly sweet, bananas can actually prevent diabetes. The carbohydrates found in bananas are not empty sources of energy and can be utilized by the body well. Unripe bananas can help prevent insulin sensitivity of the body, therefore preventing the body from developing diabetes.

Plus It Can Help You Lose Weight

Paleo Lifestyle - Can Help You Lose Weight

It helps you feel full faster and for longer and gets rid of stored fats whilst providing you with energy until your next meal. These are the main reasons why bananas are effective in helping you lose weight. Because of the resistant starch, your body also tends to feel fuller and in turn, helps to curb your appetite. If you want a snack that doesn’t contain too many calories, has the least amount of fat, and fills up your stomach easy and also has the best nutritional value, go bananas!

And Keeps You Heart Healthy

Paleo Diet - Keeps The Heart Healthy

It is hard to deny that one of the worst diseases a person may acquire or develop is heart disease. Any heart disease can be fatal, and this is why experts were alarmed at the number of people suffering from heart disease, with the age of sufferers becoming younger. This is why studies were conducted to find foods that can prevent heart disease and one of those foods is bananas. Fiber and its weight loss benefit help the body and the heart stay fit. Another major player in bananas that can keep your heart healthy is its potassium content. Potassium is essential in keeping the blood pressure at its normal level, therefore lowering the risks of heart disease. Magnesium in bananas also proves helpful in keeping the heart healthy.

These health benefits are enough of a reason to get your kids hooked on bananas. As you can see above there are definitely plenty of reasons to let yourself and your kids go bananas with this Paleo banana bread recipe.

What’s your favorite grain free banana bread recipe???

 

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