Way back when I asked for recipes you would like revamped, Molly asked for a healthier superfood banana bread. I have been working hard and we have been eating many versions of banana bread/muffins. I think we have it down now.
By the way this would be perfect to woooo your health conscious valentine!
I really like to use dates in place of my sugar. Any time you exchange a whole food for a refined sugar you add a little fiber and at least a few nutrients. This slows things down a little bit digestively so you stay satisfied longer and don’t have quite the crazy ups and downs in energy as with regular sugar.
I have been asked my opinion on sugars and sugar substitutes a few times so here is what I do for my family and why.
All foods can be put on a continuum of good to better to best choices and here is a very condensed version of what we do.
Keep in mind all sugars should be used in limited quantities for most people, with the exception of whole fruit (not juice) for most.
Best -these are the most natural of the sugars you can eat. They are recognizable as real true food. They offer nutritional value of some kind and even health benefits for some.
Fine – these still offer a little more in the way of nutrition but not nearly as beneficial as the first three. These are still somewhat recognizable as real food.
Raw Agave nectar
Brown Rice Syrup
Raw Cane Sugar
Not Good – these offer no benefits to human health (beyond emergency insulin needs, if that is all you have on hand). These sugars are also linked to chronic inflammation in the body.
Refined sugar (white sugar)
Definate No – there is no reason to ever have these in your diet. These are not recognizable as true food in any way. We don’t know what these will do in the long run. Much better to know your evil and what it does to you.
Sweet and Low
other artificial sweeteners
With that information out there here is my healthed up version of banana bread/muffins!
This recipe is adapted from Elana’s Pantry, a great site for almond flour recipes.
High Power Banana Muffins
3 cups almond meal
1 tsp baking soda
2 Tbls chia seeds
1/2 tsp sea salt
optional – 1/4 cup sunflower seeds or other nuts
optional – 1/4 cup cacao nibs (raw cocoa beans) or just go for dark choc chips!
1/8 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup dates (soaked in 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk) or 1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
(blend wet ing. in blender to make sure the dates are blended nicely)
Mix wet and dry
put in 16-20 muffin tins with papers
bake 350 for 25-30 min
or in 2 loaf pans lined with parchment
bake 350 for 40-50 minutes
This recipe could only benefit from some lovely dark choc chips!!!
wet ingredients and dates
these are cacao nibs, they have the texture of a nut in baked goods but a nice bitter cocoa taste.
I love love love parchment paper!!!
pour into pan/s
or pour into muffin tins (I had to use these for V day)
these freeze very well, I usually keep these in the fridge after the 1st day, they are very moist.