Homebound Banana Nut Bread

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We’ve been in a cooking and baking mode the past few weeks – from cherry almond pancakes and black bean brownies to a recent favorite, comforting banana bread.

How is it comforting? For those with gluten-sensitivity, this gluten-free version is gentle on our digestive system, the cinnamon brings back happy memories from childhood, and warm bread as a snack just has a way of making you feel cozy and safe (even if all the news points you in the opposite direction). Plus, we like making things and baking is an easy at-home activity along with knitting, organizing, creating new programs, reading and puzzles.

This bread is gluten-free and dairy-free; it can be made vegan as well. We find that two loaves is the best amount for us, given how much we love it…and one can go in the freezer, if it makes if that far.

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
5-6 medium bananas (if you wait until they have brown spots on them, they are even sweeter)
2/3 cup melted coconut or avocado oil
3/4 cup maple syrup
4 eggs or the equivalent in chia/flax vegan ‘eggs’
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg (optional)
3/4 tsp salt

Instructions

Grease two 9×5″ loaf pans with oil (see above ingredients list) and preheat oven to 325° F. If using coconut oil, get it to melt if not liquid already. For this next part, we used a blender but you could also just use a bowl: beat/blend oil, maple syrup, eggs along with mashed banana and water. If you used a blender, pour mixture into a bowl; whisk together added gluten-free flour, baking soda, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Then add walnuts and pecan pieces.

Transfer batter into loaf pans and bake for about 65 minutes or until knife inserted into center of bread comes out clean. Allow bread to cool for about 20 minutes before slicing and enjoying.

Lasts for about 3-5 days in the refrigerator; freeze bread for up to 3 months, if desired.

On-the-Go: Healthy Snacks

snacks

photo source: iron-kids.com

We know snacking can be difficult at times because of the challenge in figuring out what to eat, how much, and when to snack. Going overboard and reaching for the wrong type of snack is common. Snacks can be essential in keeping blood sugar stable between meals; the key is eating the right ones. Keep your upcoming week’s activities in mind while you plan out your snacks; this will keep you on track and from grabbing the easy choice of pre-packaged foods. Healthy snacks can be delicious and fun way to play with your food. Instead of reaching for convenience snacks like chips, crackers, cookies, and other foods filled with preservatives, go for fresh foods like fruits and vegetables. Get creative with your snacks and try these ideas! Go-to healthy snacks:

  • 1 apple with nut butter
  • Carrot sticks, celery, and radishes with hummus
  • Greek yogurt with berries
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • 1 serving of mixed nuts or trail mix
  • Homemade energy bars