What is the Paleo Diet?
Following any diet or healthy eating lifestyle will always come with limitations and the paleo diet is not exclusive of this. The Paleo diet is brilliant in terms of the health benefits you will receive from eating natural products which are in their purest forms. The Paleo Diet is a complex, but it can be simply interpreted as anything can be forged which has not cultivated by mankind. This means you are able to eat a wide variety of meats, eggs, fruits and veggies but avoiding processed foods, grains and sugars. The result of this is a diet which is dairy, gluten and refined sugar-free, which many studies have shown eliminating them from your diet can help with weight, energy levels and overall inflammation of the body.
Baking With the Paleo Diet
The downside with Paleo is that it doesn’t go hand in hand with baking. The first ingredient you’ll think of when it comes to baked goods is flour, which is prohibited. And trying to swap it for any other grain is a no-no. This makes having a cheeky sweet treat, which is not fruit or dairy-free chocolate, difficult on this diet.
However, by scouring over the web, the team at wellplated.com have devised a banging banana bread which ticks all of the boxes of paleo. They substitute flour with coconut flour which also makes it gluten-free.
Coconut flour was not the easiest product I could find until I went to Tesco! They sold Groovy Food Organic coconut flour. Alternatively, you can find coconut flour online at a competitive price – supplement supplier Bulk Powders does a decent 1kg bag for £6.99. They also sell nut butters in 1kg tubs which is super convenient for anyone on paleo or on the keto diet. Wellplated.com chose almond butter over peanut as almond butter is heavenly, and peanuts are not actually a nut. Interestingly they are a legume, which is restricted on the paleo diet.
Their recipe makes 10 slices – I recommend 2 slices per portion if you’re following paleo, as the total calorie content is a good amount for a healthy snack. If you are following keto, I would only recommend one slice as that will provide no more than 20.4g of carbohydrates. Just make sure to factor the remaining carb count for the rest of the day. As you’re having one slice, feel free to add some tasty keto toppings on to this, whether that is a another nut butter or a protein chocolate spread. This will balance out the carbs ratio and will be very filling!
Wellplated’s Paleo Banana Bread
Yields 10 slices
Nutritional information per slice
Calories 169 kcal
- 3 very large ripe bananas
- 6 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat the oven 350 degrees F. Line a 9×5-inch metal loaf pan with parchment paper, allowing some to hang over two sides. Lightly coat with nonstick spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas (I like to use a hand mixer on low speed to make this quick and easy). Double-check to make sure you have about 1 1/2 cups of banana total. Briskly whisk in the eggs, maple syrup, almond butter, and vanilla. Sprinkle the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt over the top. By hand (I find a whisk works best for this part), stir until evenly combined. The batter will be thick. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and gently smooth the top.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the top, is golden and springs back lightly when touched and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. If it any point the bread starts to brown more than you would like, loosely tent the pan with foil and continue baking. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Then, using the parchment overhang as handles, remove the bread from the pan to cool completely.