Banana Bread

Styling: Carlie Monasso Photography: Samara Clifford


I don’t know anyone who doesn’t gaga over banana bread, do you?  The inspiration for this recipe came after a few requests from girlfriends for an easy-to-make, healthy banana bread they could enjoy and feed to their little ones too (Tess, Christina and Katie – this one is for you!).

This recipe is not only super easy to make, but it’s also refined sugar, gluten and dairy free.  I’ve used a combination of quinoa flakes and coconut flour, both are a great source of protein and fibre, as are chia seeds, which are also a good source of omega 3, while coconut oil is good for our digestive systems and it’s antibacterial properties.

You will need:
4 ripe bananas
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup almond milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup quinoa flakes
½ cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
½ teaspoon Himalayan rock salt
1 tablespoons chia seeds
½ cup walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon rice malt syrup (optional – I don’t think this recipe needs it but sweet teeth may disagree!).

What to do:
1. Pre-heat oven to 165°C.

2. Mash three of the bananas bananas with a fork, add wet ingredients, stir to combine, then add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly, making sure mixture is moist.

3. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased mini loaf tin. Slice fourth banana length ways and press into the top of the mixture, brush with coconut oil and bake for approximately 1 hour, until brown on the outside and slightly moist in the middle.

4. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a baking tray.  Best served warm with a lashing of butter, tahini, or coconut yoghurt.

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Zara is founder and editor of Oh My Goodness. A certified holistic health coach, National Breast Cancer Foundation speaker and Bupa health influencer award finalist, Zara is passionate about making it as easy and fun for people to lead a healthy lifestyle. She's appeared on The Project and Today Show; her recipes have been featured on I Quit Sugar, Sport Luxe, and Show and Tell Online; and she's a regular contributor to Medibank's Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online.

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