Banana Bread is my ALL time favourite snack. My perfect cozy morning would include a big ceramic mug of peppermint tea alongside a thick slice of warm, homemade banana bread, drizzled in coconut butter. Coconut butter (different than coconut oil) is made from the coconut flesh that’s been ground into a spreadable paste. You can grab jars of this stuff at most grocery or health food stores. I purchase bananas with the sole intention of turning them into my favourite loaf. I love playing around with versions of this recipe. Sometimes I add in chocolate chips, various nuts, flaxseed, spices or I’ll even try a new gluten free flour so stay tuned because there will be lots more loaves coming your way! I would love to host a potluck where everyone bakes and then brings their favourite banana bread loaf along with the recipe to share with, and inspire the group. You get the idea, I love my banana bread!
This recipe calls for one my favourite flour combinations of almond and buckwheat. We go through quite a bit of almond meal as we choose not to eat flours containing any gluten. I usually buy a giant bag of almond meal from Costco as almonds are pricey and this is the best deal I have found. Wheat can cause some serious harm on the gut lining so if you are experiencing any troubles with digestion or food allergies I highly recommend cutting out gluten for as long as you can (1 month would be ideal) and see how your body responds. Allergies have been known to disappear once gluten has been eliminated for long enough and our gut has had time to heal. Since gluten today has been hybridized, 1 in 7 people are sensitive to this sticky protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. Possible inflammation symptoms can manifest in our bodies as joint pain, skin breakouts, hormone imbalance, fatigue, weight gain and insomnia. Choosing foods that nourish our bodies is not limiting, it is empowering!
P.S. Despite its name, buckwheat actually contains no gluten and is a powerful antioxidant seed that provides the body with B vitamins, minerals such as magnesium, zinc, copper, iron and folate. It is also known to balance blood sugar levels, helping reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes. The alternatives for gluten are endless the minute we choose to step outside our comfort zone!