Why Eat Breakfast?
Eating breakfast sets you up for steadier blood sugar throughout the day. This means you will be less likely to find yourself starving at morning tea time and heading to the vending machine for an emergency top up. Your metabolism gets a boost and your brain has the fuel to help you concentrate on your life. Skipping breakfast is a metabolic stress on the body and when typically there is more than enough stress in a day, why add any more!
If you start with a breakfast that has balanced amounts of protein and healthy fats, with a moderate amount of carbs you will find you will be satisfied for longer and have energy that will sustain you until your next meal.
Just 6 ingredients make a healthy banana bread that's moist and naturally sweetened with fruit. You can enjoy a slice with a hot beverage in the morning. My favourite is a dandelion chai with a splash of soy or almond milk. The spices are perfect for warming up as the mornings get cooler and go really well with a slice of banana bread!
This is a very moist banana bread. If you prefer a more dense type of banana bread, please see the receipe options following the instructions below.
Ingredients for Gluten-Free Almond Flour Banana Bread
- 2 cups, Almond Flour
- 1 tsp, Baking Soda (bi-carb soda)
- 3 large, Eggs
- 6 ripe, Bananas
- 1/4 cup, Sunflower Seeds
- 1/4 cup, Pumpkin Seeds
Easy Banana Bread Instructions
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Line your loaf tin with baking paper and set aside.
- Add all ingredients (except one of the bananas) into a blender or food processor and blend until a well-combined batter. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Alternately, if you don't have a blender or food processor handy, mash your bananas with a fork and mix into all the other ingredients until combined.
- Garnish the top of the batter with thinly sliced banana.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until the loaf feels firm and the top has browned.
- Turn off oven and let the loaf cool completely in the loaf tin.
- Slice and store your banana bread in an airtight container in the refrigerator for easy access in the mornings.
Full of Fibre, Healthy Fats and Protein
As you can see, the estimated nutritional breakdown for our banana bread sets us up for a satisfying serve of carbs, fats and protein. Perfect for giving us a great start to the day. If your breakfast choices have become a little tired, try out a slice of hearty banana bread for a change.
Recipe Changes You Might Like to Try
The following options are some variations I've tried. Perhaps my flavourite version so far is one cup of rolled oats and one cup of shredded coconut substitued for almond meal/flour, with the addition of 2 Tablespoons of sultanas. Also, the most well received as far as the tastebuds of family and friends – it is a little sweeter, which is more accessible to those not used to eating a wholefood diet.
- Use rolled oats instead of almond flour. This makes for a really hearty, dense banana bread which is great if you like your oats!
- Use one cup of almond flour and one cup of rolled oats instead of 2 cups of almond flour.
- Use one cup of shredded coconut or coconut flour and one cup of rolled oats instead of 2 cups of almond flour.
- Add some extra sweetness with 2 Tablespoons of dried sultanas.
- Spice it up! Throw in your favourite spices. You might like to try cinnamon, ginger or mixed spice. Enjoy!