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Banana Bread

This here is the official Never Do Nothing Banana Bread recipe!

I was first introduced to this by Ty, who had me try it out – I didn’t believe for a second that this was a healthy, paleo recipe so I baked it for myself just to be sure – and yeah, not only is it amazing tasting, but it is in fact paleo – it contains no gluten, flour and other cheap fillers. The only sugar in here is from honey and from the bananas!

One of the first things people notice when they start to eat healthier is how hungry they are, all the time. Your body is so used to getting fed at the slightest hunger pang by getting stuffed with easy to obtain, cheap, processed crap that it’s a strange feeling to simply ‘always’ be hungry – this goes away in time, but when you are in the mood to snack – or are preparing to workout / post-workout – whatever – eat healthy stuff. A slice of this banana bread will satisfy your hunger. It’s easy to make – you know what goes in it – and it tastes great!

We got this recipe from Paleo OMG! (http://paleomg.com/banana-bread-french-toast/) but we changed it slightly as we have no need for the ‘french toast’ part of it. Paleo OMG is an amazing source for healthy recipes!

Ingredients:

3 medium (or 4 small) bananas. Putting old bananas in the freezer in using them when required is the best way!

1.5 Cups of unsalted cashews (roughly 200 grams)

1 Cup of Almond meal / flour

2 tablespoons of walnut oil

2 eggs

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of salt

As usual – try to get organic when possible… my local grocery store had no organic honey on this day! Grrrr!!!

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • If possible, use a food processor!!! If not possible, try a blender for this. Add your cashews to the food processor to grind down.
  • Once your get a fine cashew meal, add your walnut oil while your food processor is still on until you get a cashew butter.
  • Then peel your bananas, roughly break them up, and add to your food processor with your cashews – keep processing as it continues to mix everything together.
  • Now in a large bowl, whisk your eggs, then add your cashew/banana mixture along with almond meal/flour, baking soda and powder, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Mix to combine until you get a batter – personally I use a fork for this – works super well.
  • Grease a standard bread pan with some coconut oil (or anything available – just don’t use nothing or it will stick like mad!
  • Pour batter into your greased loaf pan. Place in oven and bake until it has a nice brown color to it and your knife comes out ‘dry’ when you poke it. Time will depend on the oven – I use a gas range and 37 minutes seems to be just about right. Ty uses an electric range and he says 40 minutes seems to do it… put it for 30 minutes, test it, and figure out from there what works best for you.
  • Let it sit a moment then put it on a cooling rack and cut it up into 8 slices – allow to cool and ‘dry’ slightly to room temperature.
  • Put some nice organic butter on it and eat!!!

 

Based on the information on the packaging and from nutrition information available on-line, I calculated the following;

Total for the loaf – Total per slice (1/8)

Calories                     2480                           307

Fat                               161                              20

Carbs                          192                              24

Fibre                            30                              3.75

Sugar                           78                               9.75

Protein                        78                               9.75

 

Cashews in the food processor!

Yup – it will process down to a near ‘liquid’ state!!

After cashews, walnut oil, and bananas have been put in!

Pouring the batter out (once mixed with the eggs and the rest of the ingredients)!

Pre-cooking – 375f for 37 minutes in my range

Post-cooking – note the knife test hole – it came out dryish – good to go!

Sliced up into 8 parts

Closer look at the slices – the ‘top’ part didn’t get removed from the pan properly thanks to me rushing it.

The best part – butter melting ready to eat!

 

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