Banana and Date Bread
I have been experimenting lately with Banana Flour! What on earth is Banana Flour, you might ask?
Banana Flour is the wonderful creation coming out of Queensland, Australia which is made solely of banana’s and is Grain-Free, high in fibre and gluten free. Check out the Mt Uncles Banana Flour website for info on ordering and stockists!
I have found that banana flour needs to be treated similarly to Coconut Flour due to the lack of gluten. Anyone who has used Coconut Flour knows that it requires a lot more liquid to the amount of flour than a wheat flour recipe would require as well as extra use of a binding agent such as eggs, xanthum gum or chia seeds. The same applies for Banana Flour.
So I had tried a few things with banana flour which weren’t quite right – mostly too dry, which I was not surprised about. I alllllways stop adding liquid too early and I worry that the end product will be too wet or will not cook properly. I am always wrong… and I always kick myself for not adding more liquid than my gut is telling me. So, my mission was to add “wayyyyy too much liquid” and voila… I came out with a bread that was NOT too moist.. and it did cook… plus it was super yummy
Paleo, Gluten Free and Dairy Free Banana and Date Bread
2.5 medium Bananas + 1 banana
3 tbs apple sauce
2 tbs coconut oil
4 egg whites
4 dates, chopped
3/4 cup banana flour
2tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
Preheat oven to 160 degrees C
Line Loaf pan with baking paper.
Combine all wet ingredients, except chopped dates and 1 banana, in a food processor.
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Once combined separately, add wet into dry then combine together.
Stir through chopped dates.
Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan.
Arrange remaining banana on top of loaf too add a little bit of character if desired!
Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through! The top should be firm and you should be able to insert a cake tester and have it come out clean. (Mine did feel like it took forever to cook. I covered the top with foil at approx. halfway so that the top did not burn).