Gut-Loving Banana Bread

July 07, 2019

Gut-Loving Banana Bread

If you’re feeling a bit sluggish or afflicted in your digestion, bananas are a must-have ingredient to get things soothing and moving! Bananas are excellent for stomach and intestinal inflammations such as colitis and Crohn's disease, and are known to help reduce diarrhoea. A bout of diarrhoea can also quickly deplete your body of important electrolytes, and bananas are a fantastic way to replenish these stores due to their high potassium content; a vital electrolyte that helps to regulate heart function and fluid balance. To get things going, bananas contain pectin, a soluble fiber that helps to normalise movement through the digestive tract and eases constipation. They also provide a good source of pre-biotics in the form of fructooligosaccharides, which nourish and feed friendly bacteria in the colon; keeping your intestinal flora, and your immune system strong.

Whether you're eating them straight from the fruit bowl, in a smoothie or on porridge. Bananas are perfectly packaged portions of nourishment! A great way to use up overripe bananas is to make cakes and baked goods with them. Because of their natural sweetness, you can create lovely baked goodies like banana bread minus excessive amounts of added sweeteners. While the conventional, store-bought stuff is known for its sky-rocketing refined sugar and white wheat flour content, that shouldn't stop us from enjoying its sweet comfort. We've done some shapeshifting with the standard sugary recipe, and this is hands down the best banana bread you’ll make. It’s lusciously moist, fresh and sweet, and will keep like that for days.  

This beautiful banana bread, with hints of walnut nutmeg and cinnamon, will bring a skip into your step and a smile to your dial. It's a fabulous way to enjoy the bountiful health benefits that bananas have to offer, without the risk of and mushy messes. 

For a little extra gut-loving goodness, this recipe uses Love Your Gut powder. It's a super simple way to heal and detoxify your gut, and give your body some extra minerals that will add a lustre to your skin, hair and nails! 

Gut-Loving Banana Bread

 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of almond meal/flour
  • 3 tbsp LYG powder
  • ½ cup walnuts crushed
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 medium eggs
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil or melted butter
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 3 bananas mashed
  • 2 - 4 tbsp rice malt syrup (depending on how sweet you like it, the overripe bananas already provide lots of sweetness) 
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius and grease a loaf tin
  2. In a bowl place the almond flour, LYG powder, walnuts, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and rice malt syrup, and stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl put the eggs, grapeseed oil and coconut milk and whisk together. Add to the dry ingredients and fold through
  4. Add mashed banana and fold in lightly
  5. Spoon the batter into loaf pan and place in the oven for 40 mins testing with a skewer after 30 minutes to check if it is cooked through
  6. Remove from oven and let cool before placing on a wire rack

Enjoy as an occasional treat warmed with a spread of organic butter, or some slices of banana, for a satisfying mid-morning snack alongside a tranquil cuppa. Absolute bliss!

For more gut-loving recipes and helpful tips, download our free Love Your Gut e-book here.




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