Whenever I go to a party, I always bring a fruit platter. If it is a kids’ gathering, then I bring fruit kabobs. It is just what I do. So, my dear friend Denise had an Oscar party last weekend. Guess what she asked me to bring – fruit, right? Wrong. She said, “There will be friends who are dairy-free and sugar-free and of course I am grain free. Can you make a treat to please everyone?” Silly question, of course I can. Actually, I had never done any real sugar free baking, I mean I don’t use white sugar, obviously, but I definitely do include coconut sugar, honey, coconut nectar or maple syrup in my desserts.
I knew I needed to make a banana bread of sorts because that is the only fruit that is sweet enough to taste like dessert. I googled a few recipes and found 4. I decided to make 2 to start as a taste test and pick the winner. Noah’s friend Will was over and he is a great eater and was happy to be my taste tester. Zach confirmed the choice and so here is the recipe…
Sugar-free Banana Bread, Adapted from ourpaleolife.com
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 ish
4 bananas, the riper, the better
- 4 eggs
- 1 tbsp. vanilla (I used double strength)
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder (you could probably use arrowroot powder instead)
- 4 tbsp. ghee, melted
- 1/2 cup coconut concentrate, softened
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- dash of salt
- See note below too
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Add all ingredients into a large bowl. It actually doesn’t matter the order.
- Blend well with a mixer until batter is thick, but not lumpy.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan, either lined with parchment paper or greased with ghee or non-stick spray if you use that.
- Bake for 30 minutes and then check on the bread.
- If your loaf pan is on the smaller side, the bread will be thicker, but may take longer to cook. Make sure you really check the middle to see that it is done.
- Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes as needed.
- Cool, slice and serve!
NOTE: I made this again last night because I had a lot of brown bananas. I decided to make a more family friendly version so included a 1/4 cup of coconut nectar. You could use honey or maple syrup too. It is REALLY good, but definitely a treat.