Banana bread – the fourth meal of the day

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I love banana bread/loaf/cake. Whenever I see it I have to have it. It is a cake like item that has bananas in it so therefore it is a healthy alternative to my usual chocolate choices. However in real life banana bread can be less than healthy so on the odd occasion I feel like being a good and responsible adult I make this.

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Recipe:

3 mashed ripe bananas

30 grams of butter or solid coconut oil

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

3 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 free range eggs

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

220gm ground almonds

2 tablespoons LSA

1/2 cup chopped dates (or ginger if you wanted to get fancy).

Small pinch of salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 170c degrees. Mash bananas and add to melted butter (or coconut oil). Add maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, baking soda, lemon juice, and salt. Mix well with whisk. Add ground almonds, LSA and dates. Fold together and put it in the loaf tin.

I sprinkled cacao nibs and nuts over mine before baking because I am reeaallll fancy like that (or maybe I am trying to use ingredients in the pantry that cost more than my car that I just HAD to have…)

Bake for about an hour or until a knife or skewer comes out clean.

You can make your own ground almonds if you have a coffee grinder and no life commitments or easily buy it at most supermarkets. The almonds add more protein to the bread, and gives it a better nutritional profile. LSA is great for added fibre, cinnamon is great for helping to balance your blood sugars.

So there you go – now all you have to do is inform your boss you need some extra time in your day for this essential main meal…Yeah good luck with that 🙂

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