Paleo Banana Bread

Found this yummy recipe online and I just could not resist. The good news: it’s made with almond meal so there are no processed carbs! Give it a try, it was very easy to follow.

Ingredients

2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup flax-seed meal
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup chopped nuts (I left this out)
4 really ripe bananas (mashed well)
2 tbsp raw honey
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, add the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, and vanilla and mix well.

4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
5. Fill greased muffin tins, baking cups, mini-loaf pans or big loaf pans about 3/4 full. Bake muffins for 23-25 minutes and loaves for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I enjoy a piece every morning with a cup of green tea! YUM!

Update!!!

I have made this recipe a little cleaner by replacing honey for 1/4 tsp of stevia extract and adding 2 scoops of whey protein. I also used 3 bananas instead of 4. Same great taste!!! 😊

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Zucchini and Carrot Bread

I’m not eating much processed carbs lately. But I do love baking, so once in a while I make breads or muffins to satisfy a little craving and besides, the hubby loves them too!

I found this mix at the organic section of Publix. It is a Gluten free mix.

Ingredients:
2 cups Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 cups grated zucchini, blossom end removed
2 cups grated carrots, peeled
1/4 cup apple sauce
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup Splenda
1 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk together Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, apple sauce, and splenda for one minute on medium. Stir in vanilla. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients to form a batter. Fold in grated zucchini and carrots.

NOTE: Baked zucchini loaf will be moist. You can lessen moisture by squeezing grated zucchini in paper towels to absorb some of the water before mixing into the batter. Turn into greased loaf pan and bake in a preheated 350° oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let loaf cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

I would have taken a better picture of the bread but it was gone before I knew it! Some friends smelled it from far and drove to the house for some. 🙂

Banana bread

Delicious banana bread made with whole wheat flour and ground flax seeds make a healthy and tasty treat! Here’s the recipe I tried…

Ingredients:
1 1/2  cups  mashed ripe banana
1/3  cup  plain fat-free yogurt
5  tablespoons  butter, melted
2  large eggs
1/2  cup  granulated sugar (splenda)
1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
6.75  ounces  all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups) or wheat flour
1/4  cup  ground flaxseed
3/4  teaspoon  baking soda
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1/8  teaspoon  ground allspice
Cooking spray

Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed. Add granulated and brown sugars; beat until combined.

3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through ground allspice). Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat just until blended. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread from pan; cool completely.  Buen provecho!!