Monday, July 30, 2012

Banana chia bread

So several months ago I made this recipe and it came out super amazing, except I added too much coconut oil and didn't let it cool before I tried to take it out of the pan, and it ended up a soggy mess.  Delicious, but messy.

My sweet tooth has been making a comeback and I wanted to give it another go, but I didn't have all of the ingredients on hand, so I made do with what I could, and the end result was still delicious, especially slathered with some coconut butter.  It was just a tad dry for my liking, so keep an eye on how long you bake it.

Banana Chia Bread
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 3/4 cup arrowroot powder (disclaimer: I totally cheated and used cornstarch, only because 1) I only have a small amount of arrowroot powder and 2) arrowroot powder is expensive!!  If you use cornstarch, it's an even equivalent)
  • 1/4 cup golden flax meal
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup vanilla whey protein powder
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 2 eggs + 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2-3 bananas, mashed (the riper the better!  I used 2 and it gave me a cup.  The bread came out just a little dry for my liking, so go ahead and add another banana if you want)
Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan

In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together then pour into bowl with dry ingredients and stir until combined.  

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan on a rack for at least an hour before removing.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Coconut blueberry bread (and a bonus recipe!)

So it's blueberry season here in Michigan, and yours truly bought 3 pints last week.  Why?  I don't know.  I'm not going to eat 3 pints of blueberries before they go bad....and so, I baked.

Now this isn't going to be your traditional soft, fluffy, pound-cake like bread you are used to as coconut flour is very dense and can dry things out.  However, don't overbake it and slather it with some yummy stuff like coconut butter or sunflower seed butter and you've got a tasty treat.

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan.  Grease it good as this will try to stick!

  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 eggs, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberries
In a large bowl, mix everything but the blueberries together until combined.  Now, the batter is going to be thick, you can always thin it out a little with some almond milk if you want.  Fold in the blueberries and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the edges are brown.  Remove from oven and let cool before removing from the pan.

UPDATE:  So while this was tasty, I felt like it could be better so I turned it into french toast, and it was way tasty!  Cut a couple of slices and soak in almond milk (or your milk of choice) for a while (like an hour or two at least), then dip in egg and cook in a skillet with your fat of choice (I used coconut oil).  Serve with syrup or a berry compote (I did a pint of strawberries and blueberries with a splash of almond milk and then mashed the berries a few times to get a nice sauce out of it).  You won't even miss the sugar!