When I’m getting ready to carb-load for a race, there’s one thing I feel I just can’t do without: banana bread (or banana muffins – basically the same thing!). So as I’m preparing to carb-load for my upcoming Long Beach Marathon (which is now only 5 days away, eek), I’m in the kitchen prepping up a storm. Energy bars, muffins and of course, this banana bread.
I made it last week for hubby, my default taste tester. He gave it a two thumbs up right away, at which point I breathed a sigh of relieve because I swear, my recent choice to completely remove all sugar from the kitchen doesn’t always make baking easy! I’ve been using only maple syrup and honey, as well as a bit of brown rice syrup and blackstrap molasses here and there. As well as ripe bananas and dates of course, natures best natural sweeteners!
So here it is, my gluten-free (using oats) and sugar-free (using maple syrup and honey) banana bread. With hemp hearts in there of course, because by now you pretty much would be shocked not to see hemp hearts in one of my recipes 😉
Makes 1 loaf (12 slices)
- 1½ cups mashed ripe bananas (you’ll need about 3-4 bananas for this amount)
- ½ cup melted organic virgin coconut oil (or melted organic butter)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 2 organic eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups oat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp fine sea salt
- ¼ to ½ cup walnut pieces (optional)
- ¼ to ½ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
- ¼ to ½ cup hemp hearts
- Heat oven to 350. Line a 5×9 loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, melted oil, honey, maple syrup, chia seeds, eggs and vanilla; beat well.
- Add the oat flour, baking powder and salt; mix until combined. Fold in the nuts, and/or chips, if using.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the hemp hearts over the top until completely covered (alternatively you could stir the hemp hearts into the bread along with the ground oats).
- Bake for 70 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.
To deliciously healthy food and stronger faster running… Cheers,
Sarah J Cuff, RHN