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Austin’s Favorite Banana Bread

Aside from my family, it’s the little things in life that make me happy.  Like a new kitchen gadget, cooking tool or creating an amazing recipe with an ingredients I’ve never used before (on the first try too which rarely happens!)  You’re looking at one of my 2 year old’s (and my own) favorite things to eat- BANANA BREAD.  But this is no ordinary banana bread.  It contains ground flaxseed for a boost of healthy fat and fiber, is free of refined sugar (I only used 2 tablespoons of 100% pure maple syrup for the entire loaf which you can leave out if you have super ripe bananas) AND it’s my first recipe using SPELT FLOUR.  Have you heard of spelt?  If not, here are the details in a nutshell.  Spelt is an ancient relative of durum wheat that has never been hybridized, which basically means that it retains many of its original characteristics like complex flavor and whole grain nutrition.  Also, because of its high water solubility, its vital nutrients are quickly absorbed into the body.  It’s important to note that spelt is not gluten-free however, people with wheat intolerances can usually tolerate spelt due to that fact that it’s easily digested compared to other forms of wheat.  High in fiber and a good source of iron, spelt makes a great substitute for most recipes that call for wheat and because I struggle with digestive issues (and still can’t believe its taken me so long to bake with spelt) it will definitely be a new staple in my home!

Whether you’ve used spelt before or intrigued to try it, let me know in the comments below.  and I hope you get a chance to try it with my recipe- I promise you will love it and will not miss the huge dose of unnecessary sugar that many bananas breads have!  While Austin enjoys it plain, I love it drizzled with almond butter as shown here…truly beyond delicious!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups spelt flour

1/4 cup finely ground flaxseed

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (depending on how cinnamon-y you like it)

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 ripe bananas, mashed well

2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup*

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs, whisked

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a loaf pan with parchment paper so that some of it sticks out on the sides like handles.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine spelt flour, cinnamon, flaxseed, baking soda, and salt and whisk until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and applesauce.  Whisk well and add to dry ingredients.
  4. Whisk batter just until wet ingredients are well incorporated into the dry, but do not overmix.
  5. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 55-65, or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into center of loaf.  Lift the loaf out of the loaf pan using the parchment paper sticking out from the sides and let it cool completely on a cutting board or cooling rack before cutting.  Enjoy!

*if using super ripe sweet bananas,you can omit the maple syrup if you choose.