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 a healthy home coach and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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