Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Dairy-Free Sugar-Free Grain-Free Gluten-Free Banana Bread

I should kick this recipe by saying right off the bat: this is not a supersweet banana bread, not in the is-this-bread-cause-it-tastes-like-cake-to-me sense. It is more like a delightfully lightly sweet multigrain bread, only know...the grains. I think it's a great candidate for serving up in situations where you might normally serve cornbread, as with a bowl of chili - a good option for when you have nonprimal company over for a meal.

Unbanana Bread
Makes 4 mini-loaves, approximately 6 slices/loaf


2 bananas
8 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. white wine vinegar (can sub other vinegars)

Dry mix:
2 c. Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 generous pinch ground cloves

Preheat oven to 375 F. Pregrease four mini-loaf pans with a healthy cooking fat (you could use butter, coconut oil, macadamia oil...).

In a blender or food processor (my mini food chopper worked fine here), blend the bananas, eggs, vanilla, and white wine vinegar. Blend for at least one minute to allow blending to whip air bubbles into the batter.

Combine dry mix ingredients and combine with a kitchen mixer. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and combine with the kitchen mixer. Pour the mix evenly into each of the four mini-loaf pans.

Bake at 375 F for 40-45 minutes. The top of the mini-loafs should be firm and dark golden brown.

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  1. You do realize bananas are loaded with sugar, right?

    1. you are actually really silly

  2. I just found you and I am already in love!!

  3. oh and this unbread looks amazing!!

  4. oh, and i'm confused by the "cloves" ....cloves of what?

  5. Anonymous: Yes, I'm very aware of the sugar/carb content of bananas. This is not a low carb blog - this is a blog about my family's adventures in eating real food, a dietary lifestyle which happens to still be much, much lower carb than the carb-anchored modern diet consumed today. That said, 1/2 a banana goes into each mini loaf - about 15 g. carbs, or 2.5 g carbs per slice, which is not a high load at all.

    Jilly - welcome! I'm glad that you've found some useful stuff here. "Cloves" refers to ground cloves such as those you'd find here. I hope that helps!

  6. man, i feel the "love" from anonymous. bananas are my FAV fruit!! I have many smoothies recipes with bananas. nature puts the just the perfect amount of sweet into it too :)

    I will be back! thanks for the response! actually, I just came back and happened to see the response. i'm looking up more recipes. LOL..

    my family and I have been primal since march. before that we were on the Harcombe diet. I didn't feel like it was enough....and I can't even remember how I found Primal. its like me and primal diet were just meant to be.

  7. Is the batter really thin? 'cause I am trying to make it right now, and am thinking, wow, thats a lot of liquid! :0

    With c. you mean cups right?

  8. Hi, Helen,

    Yes, the batter was fairly thin. Since this type of bread lacks the structure that is created by gluten in wheat-based breads, I used mini loaf pans to create the volume/structure necessary for this loaf. I hope that it turned out well for you!


  9. I just found your blog & am thanking my lucky stars! lol! I eat primal & have a tonne of food allergies so I'm finding that I'm eating the same things over & over again... I'm wondering if this recipe would work with coconut flour? If so, how much would you recommend using? Thanks so much! :)

  10. Carla - hi! Sorry that this question slipped through the cracks. You can do coconut flour, but it absorbs much more moisture than almond flour, so you'd have to toy with your proportions of wet ingredients, too. Good luck!!

  11. Ummmm eggs are have 8 in this

    1. Hi, Anonymous,

      In the food blogosphere, "dairy-free" is generally used to refer to products from the milk of cows, goats, sheep, etc.

      Read this informative post about dairy-free cooking to see what I mean:
      Are Eggs Considered Dairy?

  12. i love your simple pancake recipe. it's so filling. i'm looking forward to trying this one out and looking through more of you recipes! thank you so much for sharing!


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