My family was more of a simple carrot cake kind, and banana breads and cakes were reserved for the special occasion where my auntie would magically conjure one up and we’d all devour it within minutes.
Now, I feel like I need to make up for lost banana bread time.
I can’t tell you enough how in love I am with this bread! It is honestly the best one I’ve ever had (and I’m not just saying that because I made it!). It’s perfectly moist inside (I know some people hate this word, but I quite like it, so lets go with it!) and it just holds it’s shape beautifully.
No one deserves a crumbly banana bread that breaks down upon the first smear of nut butter. No one.
I’ve used coconut flour to keep this recipe gluten free. It’s an amazing flour, but due to its high fibre content it can be quite tricky at first. It soaks up about 3 times the moisture of normal flours, so you definitely need to make sure there is enough liquid to go around and it won’t dry up and fall apart!
We’ve also got amazing chia seeds in there, which up the fibre content and help it stay together with the eggs. Since we’re using ripe bananas and dates, there is no need to add any more sweetener (though you can if you want!) as it’s already sweet enough.
This is definitely the kind of recipe that’ll have wholesome food sceptics begging for the recipe, as it really is that good!
I have one friend who made me send her the recipe by e-mail the same day she tried this as she had to have it!
It was inspired by the Healthy Chef’s Banana + Coconut Bread and a coconut flour and chia seed banana bread from Kitchen Green that I had at Eveleigh Market!
The Most Amazing Banana Bread (Paleo & Gluten Free!)
This has got to be my favourite banana bread EVER! It's amazingly soft on the inside and holds up perfectly when I spread it with nut butters. All the flavours are just so in balance, it's naturally sweet due to the bananas and dates, and I honestly can't get enough of this bread!
Author: Teffy Perk
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack, Bread
Cuisine: Paleo, Grain Free
For the Bread
3-4 large (400g) bananas, very ripe
6 medjool dates
6 large eggs
1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out OR 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut oil
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp baking powder
½ cup (70g) coconut flour
⅓ cup (30g) chia seeds
Handful of walnuts
Two thin strips of banana
Preheat your oven to 160ºC/320ºF
Pit your dates and add to a food processor along with the bananas, coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, vanilla and eggs and blitz until fully combined.
Add the chia seeds and coconut flour and pulse a few times.
Remove the blade and use a spoon to mix everything until creamy and combined.
While your dough rests (about 10 minutes), line a loaf tin with some unbleached baking paper (or oil it with a little bit of coconut oil)
Pour the batter into the tin and decorate by sprinkling your walnuts on top and arranging the banana slices.
Bake for 1 hour, until a you can insert a toothpick into the middle and it comes out clean!
If you bake with the banana strips, keep in mind it will keep the top quite moist, so it may take longer to brown. If you see yours might be getting a bit too cooked on the sides and not in the middle, cover with some tin foil towards the end of baking.
NUT FREE - Simply omit the decorative walnuts and use some coconut flakes instead!
These babies taste amazing on their own, but I love topping a slice with some nut butter, a sprinkling of desiccated coconut, and some cacao nibs. Utter bliss!
VEGAN - You could try and use a flax egg, but I personally have not tried it yet.
FREEZE - Should keep well in the fridge for 1 week. If it does happen that you haven't eaten it all by then, you can slice and freeze!
If you don't have a food processor, simply mix by hand! You'll have to chop the dates into small pieces and could add 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup for more sweetness.
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Hi, I'm Teffy, a qualified Nutritionist and avid foodie. This blog is all about inspiring a balanced life through delicious and wholesome foods, with not a diet in sight. Healthy eating shouldn't be hard and stressful, it should be easy and fun - Working with my clients they are constantly amazed that yes, food can taste great AND be good for you!