Make Ahead

Grain Free Caramelized Banana Bread

May  3, 2017
0 Ratings
Photo by Alexandra Dawson
  • Makes 10 slices
Author Notes

Inherently nourishing, unprocessed, and grain free while still maintaining that wonderfully moist and warming ‘banana bread-ness,’ each slice is rich in almond and coconut’s ‘good’ fats, belly filling protein and fiber, and numerous other vitamins and minerals like iron, vitamin E, calcium, and potassium. Best fresh or rewarmed from frozen, we serve ours sliced thick and toasted, topped with warmed nut butter, or served solo as an almost pound-cake like little treat. —Alexandra Tallulah

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, divided
  • 2 ripe medium bananas, sliced into 1/2" rounds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1//4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • sliced banana, coconut flakes, hemp seeds (optional)
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, rack in the middle.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon maple syrup over medium heat. Add banana and cinnamon and sauté, stirring frequently, until bananas are very fragrant and just beginning to soften – about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Mash well, then allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Add remaining 2 tablespoons coconut oil, remaining 2 tablespoons maple, almond flour, flaxseed meal, coconut, baking soda, sea salt, eggs, and apple cider vinegar to the mashed bananas. Using a rubber spatula, fold batter until just combined.
  4. Pour into silicone loaf pan, making sure mixture is evenly distributed, then top with banana slices, coconut flakes, and hemp seeds (optional). I used THIS loaf pan and wouldn’t recommend any other. Bake for 55 minutes.
  5. Cool to room temperature, slice and serve!

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6 Reviews

Emily L. May 22, 2017
think I must have done something wrong because I made this and it tastes like cardboard... was so pumped to try it too!
Alexandra T. May 24, 2017
oh gosh - I am so sorry to hear that! I've never had that experience (having made loaves and loaves), were your bananas ripe? x
BrettyJax May 15, 2017
Just did this in muffin form and oh my! Super bomb.
Alexandra T. May 15, 2017
So amazing to hear! I've tried loaf and 'donut pan,' muffin is definitely next on my list xx
emma L. May 7, 2017
i'm sorry but holy shit this was amazing i ate the entire thing myself
Alexandra T. May 10, 2017
HA! You and me both - we've made two loaves this week and I can't stop muchining! xx