Friday, April 18, 2014

Paleo banana bread

I'm definitely NOT on the paleo diet, and never intend to be, but yesterday I did a little paleo baking.  In all honestly, I actually have a quite negative view of the paleo diet and other restrictive diets, so maybe you're wondering why I made paleo banana bread in the first place.  While I don't believe that people should be grain-free, I do enjoy learning how to use new ingredients.  I had some almond flour that had been taking up space around here for way too long.  I got it to make paleo cookies for a friend who follows the diet, but the cookies were an epic fail, so I wanted to use up the almond flour in a different recipe.  I won't lie to you and say this is the BEST banana bread I've ever had.  No, the best banana bread would be the one with the flour and butter and sugar.  BUT…if you must be on a special diet, this is a pretty good alternative to the real stuff.  It's not much to look at though, but I can promise it tastes better than it looks. 

2 cups almond flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup agave syrup
2 ripe bananas, mashed
Chocolate chips (optional- mine weren't paleo)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.

Mix together almond flour, ground cinnamon, and baking soda in a bowl.

Beat two eggs in a bowl. Mix in water, almond extract, agave syrup, mashed bananas, and vanilla bean paste. Add banana mixture to almond flour mixture; mix until no dry areas are visible. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake banana bread in the preheated oven until brown and crisp around the edges, about 45 minutes.



  1. I just put a batch of this in the oven at work for a little mid-morning snack! Like you, I also like to bake paleo, gluten-free, vegan etc just to experiment with new ingredients and methods. I left out the 1/2 cup water because the batter didn't seem to need it. Was your batter super thin? Also, I'm baking it in an 8x8-inch pan instead. I'll let you know how it turns out!

  2. This sounds super yummy! I have the same view on diets - glad to know you're with me!! :)

  3. I feel the same way about Paleo and other diets like that. I'm all for eating healthy, but I don't like the idea of cutting out whole food groups. This looks really good!

  4. I forgot to pop back and update you about the recipe. I didn't use the water and the bread turned out great! I really liked cutting the 8x8 inch pan of bars into squares. Anyway, all that to say that the bread was great and super moist. Loved it!


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