My kids are ravenous when I pick them up from school. It’s as though they haven’t eaten in days. After swinging from the tree branch in front of their school, they run to the car to see what I have brought for a snack. They expect a snack. Because, you know, the 8 minute drive home it just too long to wait. The meltdown and complete disappointment on their faces when I forget to bring a snack is enough to remind me for months on end to BRING A SNACK!
Who knows how much of their lunch actually made it into their bellies. Was the breakfast they ate while rushing out in the morning was the last bit of food they have had all day? I should probably just feed them dinner right after school because that is when they are seem the most hungry but until I figure that out logistically, this bread is a great snack option providing protein, fat and carbohydrates.
I call this anytime banana bread because it’s great for breakfast, as a snack, or fancy it up with some cinnamon whip cream and have a fancy little dessert.
It is made of pastured eggs, bananas, almond flour, brown rice flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon. And for all of you who can’t do nuts, read on. I have an alternative for you that works great! Oat flour.
I really recommend buying pastured eggs if you can. They are more expensive ( like double the price ) than conventional supermarket eggs, but studies have shown that they also have quadruple the nutrients. Comparing the pale yellow yolk of conventional grocery store eggs to the deep orange color of pastured eggs is very telling. That deep orange yolk has 4-6 times the amount of vitamin D as compared to conventional eggs. Vitamin D deficiencies are very common today and can lead to many health issues. We get Vitamin D from the sun but we spend far less time out in the sun than people used to. And nowadays we cover ourselves with sunscreen so we aren’t absorbing Vitamin D when we are outside. Conventional and so called “free-range” chickens are raised inside in a barn, with little to no access to the outdoors so they aren’t getting the vitamin D that pasture raised who are allowed to roam freely in the sun and eat bugs and worms are. If you want to read more about the importance of Vitamin D (which is actually a hormone and not a vitamin) here are a couple links- WedMD and Dr. John Douillard of LifeSpa.com.
This bread doesn’t stand a chance of lasting more that a couple days in my house. My kids can’t get enough.
Bananas,I have to admit, are not on my “like” list. I have never been a fan. But saying that, even I like this banana bread. I think it has the perfect balance where the banana taste is more subtle.
It’s a great recipe to make with your kids.
Then they shared the job of mixing the eggs.
It’s all about taking turns.
I have been baking this in a pie dish because in my rental house, I don’t have an 8×8 pan. But that would probably work better! I also use mini bread loaf pans which work great.
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1 cup almond flour (or for a nut free bread, substitute 1 cup oat flour and 4 tbsp melted butter*)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 brown bananas (about 1 cup mashed)
- 4 organic pasture raised eggs
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8x8 baking dish (a pie dish works fine too)
In a medium bowls, combine flours, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.
In a large bowl, crack eggs and whisk. Mash bananas and add to eggs. Add apple sauce, sugar and vanilla extract and mix together. Slowly add the flour mixture until well combined.
Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool for about 30 minutes. Serve.
* you can easily made oat flour by putting oats into a Cuisinart and blending until it becomes a flour consistency.