Coconut Banana Bread With More Fruit & Nuts Than Flour

 

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Coconut banana bread  with more fruit and nuts than flour. The aroma is filling my home. It’s Sunday night  and I am baking my usual ” healthy” breakfast muffin or bread for my husband and child to grab and go en route to work and school. My ritual most Sunday evenings except this time I am blogging it too.  Saves me the trouble of writing it out every time someone asks for the recipe of my totally yummy and scrumptious coconut banana bread.  My family thinks there’s more fruit  and nuts than flour which could be true considering I use 4 bananas, 1 cup of coconut and 1 cup of walnuts in just one loaf. it’s kind of dense both nutritionally and texture wise so you have to wait for it cool and be very careful while slicing or it may fall apart.  When you make anything from scratch and load it with all that  good stuff, it tastes real good but will not have a long shelf life or hold its form very well.  This bread is very coconutty  thanks to the coconut oil  and fresh coconut meat.  You can use any kind of coconut in this bread but I used  frozen coconut meat which I picked up from the Asian market.  As an alternate you can use dry coconut Or coconut flour. This recipe is gluten-free but feel free to swap the gluten-free flour for any whole grain flour.   My recipe is super simple. Just blend up a couple of the ingredients, mix it with the flour and bake.  No fancy bread machine or kneading of dough. Just a quick and easy coconut banana bread that is so easy to make but tastes like you spent hours slaving over it. My kind of food!

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Nutrition Wise:  Oat flour is heart healthy, packed with powerful lignin and soluble fiber which is beneficial  to control cholesterol and control diabetes. Bananas are full of potassium, fiber and natural sugars. They also pack a powerful punch of iron,  vitamin C and phosphorus. Coconut have serious ant inflammatory power and strengthens the immune system and promotes healing .  It  is high in Mono Unsaturated fatty acids which are good for you and help build a healthy gut.

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coconut banana bread

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups gluten free flour or oat flour
  • 1 cup coconut meat (or coconut flakes)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 Ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or raw sugar or honey
  • 1 cup walnuts (chopped)

Note

If using oat flour, add 1 tsp baking powder. Reduce sugar to make this diabetic friendly.

Directions

Blend bananas, coconut oil, sugar and eggs together.
Add flour, walnuts and coconut meat to the above mixture. Mix well
Pour into a greased pan. Top with walnuts, 1 tsp brown sugar and bake at 350 for 40 minutes
Cool the loaf before cutting

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On a personal note I am super psyched that in two weeks time I will going on my very first Kairos inside.  We have a  4 day retreat  with the women and I just completed my 30 hrs of required training  Every time I go for these trainings,  I get  new insights into life:  Like this beautiful lady who embraced  everyone with the glow on her face and animated gestures.  She told us about how she suffers from Bells Palsy and how sometimes when  she gets up, she cannot open her mouth and  has to drink with a straw. Sometimes her eye won’t open and she has to wait or try to work with one eye half-open. With all this she  was thankful that it was only her face and not her entire body that was affected. As I listened to her, I  noticed for the first time that the left side of her face was a little unusual.  But until she pointed it  out I would never have noticed because her inner beauty was  so powerful it overshadowed any outward imperfections. I am thankful for this and other such experiences that help keep me grounded and focus on whats important in life.  I sometimes need that!  An occasional splash on the face to wake me  up to whats real in life! Anyways didn’t mean to do a longish personal note so have a good week everyone and  try my bread! At least feast on it on my post :)! Its really good!

 

About Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

Registered Dietitian with a sweet tooth and a passion for eating healthy ( quite a combo) Nutrition Geek, Healthy Nut.........

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