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Banana Walnut Loaf

If you’ve been following my posts, then you know that I love banana bread. I mean looove it to the point where I purposely buy a bunch of bananas weekly in hopes that they will ripen up (before they get eaten) so that I can make a fresh banana loaf like this one!  This banana loaf is SUPER moist and rich in banana goodness.  Best part-it’s made in one bowl using minimal ingredients you likely have sitting in your pantry right now! I made this while my mother-in-law visited yesterday and it was gone in less than 30 minutes.  My entire apartment smelled so delicious and I can’t wait to make it again! My husband said it reminded him of Trinidadian pone which is a delicious dessert made with cassava…but this banana loaf is naturally sweetened with bananas and no added sugar!  It’s  also #glutenfree #sugarfree and #awesome!  So let’s get to it!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour (I used @bobsredmills)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

3 bananas, mashed well

3 tablespoons coconut oil

3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg, whisked

1/3 cup chopped unsalted walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease one loaf pan with coconut oil (or unsalted butter). In a large bowl mash bananas well with a fork (I also use a potato mashed which works amazingly well!).
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine oat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together until completely combined.
  3. Add coconut oil, egg, vanilla and applesauce
  4. Mix ingredients until combined.
  5. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan and top with nuts.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into center of loaf. Turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely before cutting (also it tastes delicious slightly warm!).  Enjoy!

Cranberry Banana Oat Muffins

If you’ve been following my posts, then you know that I love baking muffins, especially with banana.  Truthfully, I take a weekly, if not twice weekly, trip to my local fruit stand to buy a bunch of bananas in hopes that there will be leftover for baking on the weekend!  I love to bake with super ripe bananas…and I mean the black, even slightly mushy ones.  Those produce the most amazing naturally sweet flavor in baking any banana baked good and worked perfectly for these muffins.

Another ingredient that I enjoy baking with is cranberries.  Not only are these tiny gems packed with nutrition, but they provide a burst of flavor to any dish you put them in, especially in baking.  In this case, I used dried cranberries which already have some sugar added to them.  By nature, cranberries are low in sugar and high in acid so they are usually sweetened with added sugars for palatability. Since I did not add any sugar to this recipe, I’ve included the cranberries as dried for that sweet/tart flavor that is just incredible in these banana muffins!

My kids and husband loved these muffins.  Let’s just say I baked one dozen yesterday and have only 2 left!  Those 2 will make the perfect snack for Austin and I during our trip to the playground this morning.

*Oh and here is a tip to making these gluten-free!  Simply replace the whole wheat flour with all-purpose gluten-free flour!

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup quick or rolled oats

1/4 cup finely ground flaxseed

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

3 large banana (or 4 small), very ripe and mashed well

1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin tin with liners and lightly spray with cooking spray.  
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and egg white, then add the oil, vanilla extract and applesauce.
  5. Add the mashed banana, and combine thoroughly.
  6. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined. 
  7. Fold in the dried cranberries.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Fresh Banana, Blueberry Oat & Flax Scones

I absolutely loves scones and there is one restaurant in the city that was my go-to spot for scones until I started baking my own healthier version!  I played around with the ingredients in this recipe for a while until finally achieving this fantastic consistency and flavor minus a bunch of added sugar and glazes.  I was also excited to find that these scones were just as perfect using gluten-free all purpose flour, making totally gluten free!

My baked scones are perfect for breakfast including heart healthy flax and oats, potassium rich bananas and antioxidant loaded blueberries! Not only are these scones low sugar but they get a protein boost with the addition of greek yogurt. Does it get any better? Give this recipe a try and your taste buds will not be disappointed.

Ingredients

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

1/4 cup finely ground flaxseed

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons of brown sugar

6 ½ tablespoons of cold butter

¾ cup 2% Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 medium banana, sliced

1/3 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, all purpose flour, finely ground flaxseed, 2 teaspoons baking powder, salt and brown sugar
  3. Mix well and add in cold butter in pieces
  4. Using a pastry blender, or your hands, cut in the butter until flour resembles course crumbs
  5. In a separate bowl, combine Greek yogurt and vanilla extract
  6. Add liquid to the dry ingredients and blend until combined but do not overmix. Fold in the blueberries and bananas
  7. Turn onto a floured work surface and knead about five times. Pat into a 7-inch circle about ½-3/4 inch thick
  8. Cut into 8 triangles and place dough on a parchment lined baking sheet
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown
  10. These freeze very well and tastes just as fresh once thawed