Did you know that there are several version of Paleo-friendly banana bread you can make? No, really, there are! Many believe that by cutting out grains and wheat from your diet you’ll be giving up a staple of the American diet: bread. But as it turns out there’s plenty of ways to make bread without using the standard ingredients. It just takes a little creativity and a Paleo mindset and you’ll find that you can have many of your favorites, including banana bread.
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1. Tipsy Blueberry Banana Bread
Almond meal is how they answer the call for a grain-free way to make banana bread but keep it Paleo. The use of blueberries means you’re getting a Paleo-approved food in addition to all of the other yumminess going on. This recipe can be described as easy to make as well, only requiring a few ingredients, many of which you may already have on hand. They give you the option to use raw honey instead of maple syrup but both are considered acceptable sweeteners when following a Paleo diet. This is a good way to start your day or makes a great midday snack.
2. Black Bottom Banana Bread
The black in this black bottomed bread gets its color from cacao and chocolate chips, which you’ll want to use dark chocolate chips to make this strictly Paleo. They use almond flour to avoid the grains, a popular way of making banana bread that is both gluten-free and Paleo approved. Of course they’ll be using bananas to make this, but they’re also incorporating a healthy oil that is OK on the Paleo diet, coconut oil. The use of an egg and raw honey mean that you’re getting a nice assortment of healthy foods that taste great together and result in a banana bread that will make you feel warm inside. and satisfy any chocolate craving.
3. Slim Palate Banana Bread
They’re using both coconut flour and almond flour in equal parts to pull off this banana bread. This is more of a classic recipe, but it does use chocolate in the form of cacao nibs. You’ll notice that with many of the breads listed here the consistency of the bread is not going to be quite the same as traditional banana bread, because of the different flour you’re using. But as far as taste goes you won’t be missing a thing, and many even prefer Paleo baked goods over conventional.
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4. Healthy Paleo Banana Bread
This banana bread has a lot going on, both inside and out. The inside is full of yummy surprises like dates, which you can pass on if those aren’t your thing and you just like banana bread with nothing in it. There’s also shredded coconut and slivered pistachios that go on top of the bread, so you’re getting a crunchiness at the top, and a chewiness in the middle so this will keep your mouth and teeth interested, as well as your taste buds.
5. Grain-Free Banana Bread
This is a very classic recipe and is trying to mimic the kind of banana bread you remember as a kid, only taking out the grain so that it’s healthier for you. They of course have the obligatory banana, and are using almond and coconut flour in place of all-purpose flour typically used. There are a few interesting ingredients they’re using that you might not have thought to use in a banana bread recipe, including coconut milk, which will no doubt give it a moist texture, and cinnamon which must blend with the other ingredients to form the traditional banana bread taste.
6. Our Paleo Banana Bread
This recipe uses a scrumptious mix of all Paleo ingredients so that you can enjoy every last bite without feeling like you’re not following the right path. The use of coconut flour avoids the wheat and gluten, keeping this bread tasting good without the use of ordinary flour. The use of ghee or coconut oil is going to give this a rich taste, while using fats that are OK for the Paleo way of eating. Like regular banana bread you get to check to see if this is done using a toothpick. When it comes out clean you’re good to go!
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7. Banana and Date Paleo Bread
Check this bread out, not only does it not use all-purpose flour, it doesn’t use any other sort of flour as a replacement either. It may not be as fluffy as regular banana bread, but it is sure to hit the same spot. This is using dates, so it should provide a taste like classical banana bread with raisins, only using ingredients like almond butter to pull off the magic act. We like that they’re using sea salt, a salt more like the kind that would have been used back in the Stone Age, and that they’re using natural flavorings like cinnamon and nutmeg to get the job done.
8. Gluten-Free Banana Bread
They make sure to point out that you’re getting thick slices with this, so you’ll feel like you’re getting a decent portion. It only takes 10 minutes to get this from scratch to baking in the oven, so it can come in handy when you want the taste of banana bread but don’t want to spend a lot of time getting it ready. Almond meal is subbing in for regular flour, and it does a good job of getting the texture right so even non-Paleo eaters will enjoy this and you don’t even have to tell them that it’s specially made.
9. Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Almond flour is a popular choice for making banana bread that appeals to both the gluten-free crowd and Paleo followers. The two are sometimes intertwined because Paleo means you’ll be getting rid of gluten, but not all gluten-free followers subscribe to the idea of eating Paleo. This bread is using a simple list of ingredients to keep things clean, and you’ll be able to find them all easily at your local supermarket. Take them up on their suggestion of adding gluten-free chocolate chips, just make sure that they’re made with dark chocolate.
10. Almond Banana Bread
The really nice thing about this recipe is that it comes out looking like the real thing, maybe it’s the use of almond flour and coconut flour in just the right proportions that pulls it off. It’s great how she’s doctored up the top of the loaf to make it feel more like a gourmet bread. There are also some additional options, but she points out that they’re not Paleo and totally up to you if you want to use them or stay strict. The use of vanilla extract is one ingredient you’ll see used again and again in these breads, and helps give it the taste you’ve come to expect from banana bread.
11. Civilized Paleo Banana Bread
Coconut flour is another popular choice that ends up in a lot of Paleo banana breads, and it’s what’s being used here. You’ll see that they’re keeping things strictly Paleo here, and this is a great recipe to have on hand so that you can turn to it again and again when you want to start with a banana bread base that you can branch out from and experiment with. They even provide a link to make your own baking powder which is pretty cool, and something you could make a big batch of and always have at the ready.
12. ‘Paleo’ Banana Bread
Here’s another bread using coconut flour, and focusing on using just the right natural sweeteners to make the bread taste good while staying true to its Paleo title. You can count the number of ingredients on one hand, so even a caveman can keep track of this. It’s a banana bread recipe you could memorize if you felt so inclined, and we like the simplicity of it. They’re using stevia for sweetness, which some Paleo sticklers might not approve of, but there’s no denying it’s more natural than a lot of other sweetening agents available.
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13. Almond Coconut Banana Bread
Here’s a hearty banana bread that keeps things grain free by using a mixture of coconut flour, almond flour, and mixes in some flax seed meal for good measure and added texture. It’s literally 5 minutes from starting this to getting in the oven, and only takes 35 minutes to bake so you can pull it off as a warm morning treat that will stick with you on a cold winter’s day. It’s also yummy year round, as it doesn’t have to be freshly baked to be enjoyed to the fullest. This is a recipe that is emulated and built upon by many, so it’s good to go to the source.
14. Banana Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Bread
They like the coconut on this one, and have infused it with three different types of coconut. You’re getting the foundation set with coconut flour, and coconut milk added for a creamy and moist consistency, and there’s coconut oil to give it a robust and buttery flavor. They’re also using chocolate which almost makes it not fair. The result is a coconut-y, chocolatey, banana-y bread that you’ll want to eat again and again. They’re wise to use dark chocolate chips because they’re avoiding the dairy and added sugar that comes in milk chocolate and adding antioxidants at the same time.
15. Almond Flour Banana Bread
They’re using almond flour like many of the recipes listed here, but they’ve also included an ingredient that isn’t as widely used: coconut sugar. This is a sweetener that is Paleo approved for being sourced from a coconut. Definitely take them up on their suggestion to use walnuts, as this is a fast, tasty, and easy way to add important healthy fats to your diet, and goes great with the bread. The Paleo diet is all about simplifying things and bringing them back to a more natural state, and that’s just what they’ve done with this bread.
Now that you’ve seen just how easy it is to make banana bread on Paleo you can begin to try out other recipes that allow you to enjoy some of your old time favorites. Just because you’re trying to eat more like a caveman doesn’t mean you have to give up all the creature comforts of modern society. Often it just takes a few modifications in order to use items that they would have been more likely to use back then.
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