Banana & Cinnamon Bread

I was 10 years old when I first tried a banana cake: it was instant love ♥

In Italy, where I grew up, banana cakes were not common and not exactly the typical mediterranean dessert. Yet, there is something so comforting in its taste, I knew I was hooked! So I decided to come up with a healthier version than the standard one. I used some of my favourite ingredients like cinnamon, coconut and tigernut, making this soft bread naturally free from gluten, dairy, grains and, as you’ll often find in my recipes, sweetened only with a handful of dates.

 banana6

banana8

banana7Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 vanilla pod

1 egg   OR   3 tbs of lightly whipped aquafaba (the slightly thick and slimy water at the bottom of a can of chickpeas is actually a great egg substitute!)  if you opt for a vegan version

3 ripe bananas, mashed

4-6 Medjool dates, pitted

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon *cinnamon* 

1 handful of toasted flax seeds (or nuts)

1 cup tigernut flour – you can find tigernuts here  →Tiger Nuts

1 cup shredded coconut

bananabread.jpg5

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 170°C and line a 4 x 8 inch loaf tin with baking paper.

In a bowl mix the melted coconut oil with the vanilla, aquafaba, bananas, dates, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda.

Add the shredded coconut , the tigernut flour and the seeds to the mixture.

Pour this mixture into the lined loaf tin and bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out dry.

bananabread2

*cinnamon* 

Did you know that there are different types of cinnamon and they contain different benefits too!

Cinnamonum zeylanicum or “true cinnamon”, contains lower levels of coumarin.

Coumarin, in high doses has been associated to liver damage:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/260430.php

Here is the one I prefer → Lucy Bee Organic Fair Trade Cinnamon

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s