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Low Sugar Healthy Banana Bread

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Fast, delicious, nutritious – what’s not to love?kamut-banana-bread

If you’ve not discovered Khorasan KAMUT® flour yet, I encourage you to give it a try.

A recently rediscovered whole grain flour that produces a delicate golden loaf, it is sure to become a favourite. This recipe is so healthy that I don’t even feel guilty about slathering it in butter!  Bonus: it’s DELICIOUS!

Time: Lightening fast!  (From start to in your tummy in just over an hour.)

Yield: makes 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs (or two flax or chia eggs for vegan version+)
  • ½ cup avocado oil, melted coconut oil, or olive oil
  • ¼ cup organic agave syrup
  • ¼ cup milk (for vegan version use oat, almond, rice or soya milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
  • 1¾ cups organic khorasan (KAMUT®) flour (I buy in bulk and freeze this gorgeous flour  Doves Farm Organic Wholegrain Kamut Khorasan Flour 1 kg (Pack of 5)Doves Farm Organic Wholegrain Kamut Khorasan Flour 1 kg (Pack of 5)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, raisins or dried apricots, optional

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160C (325F).
  2. Generously butter a 9×5 inch loaf pan and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, beat eggs (or flax eggs), oil, agave syrup, milk and vanilla for 2 minutes. Stir in the bananas, flour mixture and optional add-ins if using.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack to cool.

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+ Click here for quick guidance on how to make a flax or chai egg

** About KAMUT khorasan flour:

KAMUT® Khorasan Grain is a trademarked type of khorasan grain or triticum turgidum, from Montana in North America. This type of wheat originated in an area called the Fertile Crescent, a region of land which spans from the present-day Jerusalem, through Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. It was in this lush valley that agriculture was thought to be first developed, and the khorasan grain was grown. The grain passed out of common knowledge until being rediscovered and a closed growing programme began.

KAMUT® is a protected species grown exclusively with organic farming methods and under tightly controlled conditions. The KAMUT® International Licensing agreement stipulates that the grain:

• Is the ancient khorasan variety of wheat
• Is grown only as a certified organic grain
• Has a protein range of 12 -18%
• Is 99% free of all contaminating varieties of modern wheat
• Is 98% free of all signs of diseases
• Contains between 400 and 1000 of ppb of selenium

The grain is a summer wheat which is not suited to the UK soil and climate conditions and grows in North America. The crop grows fairly tall and the kernel is large and bold. It has a very large, hump backed kernel.

KAMUT® khorasan flour is light gold in colour and is high in protein, making it perfect for use in pasta, bread and biscuits.

Doves Farm is the licensed UK supplier of KAMUT® khorasan brand grain.

Above information taken from Doves website

Banana Lime Bread or Muffins

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Banana Lime Muffins

Banana Lime Muffins

This recipe is my version of Yellowman’s Banana Lime Bread, modified from the fabulous Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant cookbook. I don’t pack the sugar and I occasionally use lime yogurt instead of plain. You can also use allspice instead of ginger and as I don’t eat franken wheat I substituted einkorn flour for white. Because whole grain flour tends to make a bread heavier, I increased the baking powder to 2 tsp.

Banana Lime Bread or Muffins 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup palm or brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 3 Tbsp milk or plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
    1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut, toasted
  • 2 cups einkorn or emmer flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup palm or brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp  butter
  • 1 Tbsp  rum
  • 3 Tbsp  fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut, toasted

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and butter a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan or line 12 muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the eggs, mashed banana, milk or yogurt and lime juice. Add the salt, ginger and grated coconut. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add to the wet mixture and mix until smooth. Pour into loaf pan.
  4. Bake 1 hour or until done (muffins for about 20 minutes). Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to cool on rack.
  5. Meanwhile, make the glaze:
    Combine the sugar, butter, rum and lime juice in a small saucepan over low heat.
    Stir constantly for about 5 minutes or until it becomes a thin syrup.
  6. Pour over the cooled loaf or muffins and sprinkle with toasted coconut.