You know whenever you see the bananas on your counter start to go brown and get a little mushy that it's time to make banana bread! I may be biased, but my mom makes the best banana nut bread. I was hesitant to mess with the perfection of her recipe. Obviously it needs to be gluten free so I'm going to have to make some changes anyway, but aside from that I've made a commitment to myself to significantly cut out refined sugars and over-processed foods from my family's diet. I was pleasantly surprised that by switching out a couple ingredients with healthier alternatives, the bread still tasted as good as mom's!
Gluten Free Banana Nut Bread
1 cup almond flour
1 cup gluten free oat flour (ground GF oats)
1 tsp. unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup honey (in place of 1 cup sugar)
1/4 cup applesauce (in place of 1/2 cup shortening)
2 eggs (or 4 egg whites)
3 bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder (GF and aluminum free)
pinch of finely ground sea salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Mix all ingredients together. Spray a bread pan with non-stick cooking spray and a dusting of flour. Pour batter into pan and bake at 325 for 1 hour until top is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
* It's way easier to just follow a recipe than to make adjustments, but when you know how to make little tweaks it can make a big difference over time. I've mentioned before that I don't count calories, but if you are then there's quite a drop in calories from the original to the modified version and I promise there's nothing lacking in the taste!
Here are some other substitution ideas for your favorite recipes:
1 cup sour cream or mayonnaise ~ 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 egg ~ 2 egg yolks, or 1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water
1 tbsp butter, margarine or shortening, ~ 1 tbsp applesauce or other fruit puree, or 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 cup sugar ~ 3/4 cup honey (reduce other liquids by 1/4 to 1/3), or 4 tbspStevia + 1/4 to 1/3 applesauce or other pureed fruit.
1 oz. baking chocolate ~ 3 tbsp cocoa powder + 1 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup cream ~ 1 cup evaporated skim milk or 1 cup pureed white beans
1 cup milk ~ 1 cup plain almond milk