Category Archives: Breads and Baked Goods

Grain Free Carrot Banana Bread

Sometimes I think I should change my blog name to banana bread bites.  I’ve been on a banana bread baking rampage for the past month and I don’t see any signs of stopping yet.  I know I already posted about the best banana bread ever, but this grain free carrot banana bread gives that bread a run for its money.

Grain-Free Carrot Banana BreadMy methodology behind this bread was simple.  I wanted to create something that was grain free, and had no added sugar.  I see a lot of paleo banana bread recipes that are loaded with honey and chocolate chips, (which are delicious, but not always necessary).  I also wanted to create a bread free of any coconut oil or butter.

I found that adding carrot and banana to this bread gave it a nice natural sweetness and I didn’t need any added sugar.  I’ve already made this bread twice and enjoy it in the evening with a cup of tea or in the morning with some almond butter.

Grain Free Carrot Banana Bread SlicesLike all grain free and paleo breads the texture of this bread is definitely different from one made with wheat, but the flavor is really, really good.  I love the nuttiness that the almond flour and ground flax bring mixed with the sweetness from the banana and carrot.

This bread may not rise as much in a traditional loaf pan, so I recommend using a smaller one like this 7.5 x 3.5 in magic loaf pan I found on Amazon.

Grain Free Carrot Banana Bread (makes 1 small loaf)

Ingredients:

1 small banana, mashed

1 cup shredded carrot

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1/4 cup ground flax

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

1-2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F.  Line your loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a small mixing bowl mash your banana and add your almond milk, vanilla and eggs.  Mix until well blended.

Shred your carrot and add to the mixture and continue to blend well.

In a larger mixing bowl add your almond flour, ground flax, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and sift together.  Fold your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until the mixture is nice and sticky.

Grain Free Carrot Banana Bread Loaf PanSpoon your bread batter into your loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes.  The top should be a nice golden brown.

Grain Free Carrot Banana Bread Plate 2This bread doesn’t hold up as well as traditional bread due to the lack of gluten, but it has a lovely flavor and is packed with all sorts of goodness from the flax and almond flour.

If you want a touch of sweetness, I’d add a tablespoon of honey, but honestly, I think this bread is sweet enough on its own from the carrot and banana.

What’s your favorite banana bread recipe?  Apparently it’s my mission to make all of the different banana bread combos out there.

The Best Banana Bread Ever

I’ve made a lot of banana baked goods in my time.  I’ve made vegan almond banana bread, banana spelt muffins, baked chocolate banana doughnuts and most recently grain-free peanut butter banana bars.  But my latest banana creation is so good that the Englishman declared it was the best banana bread ever.

Best Banana Bread StackI really love baking with spelt, and I think the spelt flour contributed to the success of this banana bread.  Combine that with a touch of peanut butter, some olive oil, honey, pistachios and chocolate chips, and you have a winning combination.  The best part of this bread is that it’s egg-free so you can whip it up in a flash, and if you want to make it vegan, just swap the honey for maple syrup and use dairy-free chocolate chips.  So easy.

I’ve been making this bread almost weekly, and the Englishman takes it to work for mid-afternoon snack.  I also happen to know based on personal experience that this bread is excellent with some ice cream (a la bread pudding).

If pistachios aren’t your thing, pecans also go nicely in this bread.  Or you can just omit the nuts all together.

For now I’m just going to keep declaring this the best banana bread ever until I come up with something else to nab the title.  It’s that good.

Best Banana Bread The Best Banana Bread Ever (makes 1 9×5 loaf)

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

1 1/2 cups spelt flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup honey

1 tbsp peanut butter

1/3 cup water

2 tbsp raw pistachios

Handful of chocolate chips (basically as many as you want!)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F.  Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment or coat with cooking spray.

Mash your bananas in a mixing bowl with a potato masher or a fork.  Add your honey, water, olive oil, peanut butter and vanilla and mix well. In another mixing bowl add your spelt, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix.

Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and continue to mix well.  The dough will be nice and thick (I generally use my stand mixer, but good ol’ fashioned elbow grease works too).Best Banana Bread MixerGently fold in your pistachios and chocolate chips and continue to mix until well blended.

Add your mixture to your loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes.

Best Banana Bread Ever ParchmentBake for 50 minutes and remove from the oven and let it cool (if you can wait that long).

Best Banana Bread SlicesSlice, eat, repeat.  The best banana bread ever.

Paleo Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I’ve never been a huge St. Paddy’s Day fan (although I did consume my fair share of green beer in college), but the one thing I love most about this time of year is the abundance of Irish Soda Bread.  A couple of years ago I shared the Englishman’s Irish Soda Bread, last year I posted my Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread, and this year it’s all about the Paleo Irish Soda Bread.

Paleo Irish Soda Bread PlateI’m not going to lie, when I first heard of Paleo Irish Soda Bread I was a bit skeptical.  I’ve tweaked a lot of recipes to make them paleo-friendly, but Irish soda bread seemed like a daunting task.

The first recipe I stumbled upon came from Elana’s Pantry, and since I’m such a huge fan of her Paleo Bread, I figured I’d give her recipe a whirl, with a few minor tweaks here and there.  The end result?  A delicious Paleo Irish Soda Bread that is dangerously addicting.  Seriously though, I’ve made the loaf three times now since we are plowing through it at a rapid rate.

I added ground flaxseed to my version to give it a nuttier texture, but if that’s not your thing, you can refer to Elana’s version which uses almond flour only.  Paleo or not, you need this bread in your life.

Paleo Irish Soda Bread pinPaleo Irish Soda Bread (adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

2 large egg whites

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tbsp honey

1/4 cup raisins

2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375F.  Line a square baking pan with parchment paper.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl add your almond flour, ground flax, baking soda and salt.  Mix all ingredients together until well combined.

Add your egg whites, honey, almond milk and vanilla to the bowl and continue to mix.  Gently fold in your raisins.  The dough will be nice and sticky.

Paleo Irish Soda Bread DoughPlace your dough on your baking sheet and roll into a ball – you might need to wet your hands or add some flour to them to work with the dough.  Place in the oven for 20 minutes.  The bread will have a nice golden crust when done.

Paleo Irish Soda Bread teaRemove your bread from the oven, let cool and enjoy.  I personally enjoyed mine with a cup of tea for breakfast, and have found that jam and butter make a wonderful soda bread topping.

I will say the paleo Irish soda bread has more of a scone-like texture than traditional soda bread, but it’s still just as delicious.  It has a nice buttery taste to it, even though there’s no butter in the recipe!

Paleo Irish Soda BreadWho says Paleo Irish Soda Bread has to be for St. Patrick’s Day only?  This is one recipe I’ll be enjoying all year round.

What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipe?  Share in the comments!

Baked Chocolate Banana Doughnuts

Once upon a time I bought a doughnut pan and was so excited that I made pumpkin doughnuts the next day.  And then Sidecar Doughnuts came to town and my life was suddenly filled with maple bacon, chocolate ganache and huckleberry goodness.  As much as I love Sidecar, they certainly aren’t the healthiest doughnuts in town, so I decided it was time to dust off the ol’ doughnut pan and make baked chocolate banana doughnuts.

Baked Chocolate Banana Doughnuts PlateTruth be told, this recipe for baked chocolate banana doughnuts was kind of thrown together at the last-minute.  I was watching the live stream of the 14.2 Crossfit Open WOD and when I heard it was Overhead Squats and Chest-to-Bar pull-ups, I immediately panicked and decided I needed a baked good in my life in a bad way.  As per usual, we had some overly ripe bananas on our counter, so baked chocolate banana doughnuts were born.

Since my spelt banana muffins came out so good I decided to use spelt again in this recipe.  Add in some chocolate chips, a little honey and an egg, and you have a delicious baked doughnut as a health(ier) treat.

Baked Banana Doughnut TrioThis recipe actually yields 10 doughnuts, but since my doughnut pan only holds 6, I improvised and made muffins with the remaining batter.  The muffins were just as tasty as the doughnuts, so if you don’t have a doughnut pan, make muffins instead!

Baked Chocolate banana Doughnuts and MuffinsBaked Chocolate Banana Doughnuts (makes 10 doughnuts)

Baked Chocolate Banana Doughnuts PinIngredients:

2 medium ripe bananas

1 cup spelt flour

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 tbsp honey

1/3 cup canola oil

1/3 cup water

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F.  Mash your bananas in a mixing bowl with a fork.

Add your egg, honey, canola oil, water and vanilla to the mixing bowl.  Mix all ingredients until well blended.

Add your spelt flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda and continue to mix until the mixture is nice and creamy.

Pour into your greased muffin tins or doughnut pan and place in the oven for 20 minutes.  The doughnuts will be lightly browned once they are done.

Baked Chocolate Banana Doughnuts TwoRemove doughnuts and enjoy!

What’s your favorite doughnut flavor?  I do love the Buttermilk Old-Fashioned at Sidecar.