I have been eyeing off the bananas in our fruit bowl that have been slowing ripening over the week from a lovely golden-yellow into a patchy dark black. As no one seems to be tucking into them any time soon I figured the logical thing to do was to bake myself some banana bread. I had a bag of organic coconut flour that had been sitting in my pantry for quite some time as I had been waiting for the inspiration to start experimenting with it. Well here it was, I was inspired. Coconut flour is an interesting flour to work with, it is very high in fibre so you don’t need to use as much as you would with conventional flours. The high fibre content makes this banana bread very filling which was ideal for my bridal diet as I couldn't binge out on it like I normally would!
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1½ cup very ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
- 4 free range eggs
- 60 grams melted butter or 75 grams coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of raw honey or vanilla honey (if preferred, note honey is not suitable for fructose malabsorbers)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon gluten free baking powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
- Preheat your oven to 145 C
- Oil or butter a loaf pan and line with baking paper.
- Mash bananas and mix in butter, vanilla essence, eggs +/- honey if desired.
- In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients: coconut flour, baking powder, sea salt and ground cinnamon.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir to combine.
- Spoon into your lined loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 mins or until golden brown. Allow to cool in pan for 15 mins.
- Serve with butter or even a dollop of jam!
Adapted from Gutsy‘s recipe.
July 2014 Addendum: It’s over a year since I posted this recipe and thought I might share with you some adaptations I have made . I reduce the amount of coconut flour by half and add 1/4 of a cup of chia seed. I’ve beefed it up and use 6 eggs and a good 400 grams of bananas. The rest of the ingredients stay pretty much the same. I found the addition of chia seed improved the texture without compromising on taste.