If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen that I was out of town this weekend at the Wine and Spirits Festival in Beaver Creek. I was picking Paleo-esque options where available, but I wasn’t doing any cooking at all.
Luckily, my sister Lauren was! As soon as I started this blog, I called Lauren to ask if she would do a guest post on her Blueberry Banana Bread. She rallied and came through with her recipe that I am happy to share today.
I first heard about her Banana Blueberry Bread when she was developing the recipe. She tried several variations over the months. Her husband was more than happy to try each one and offer feedback between mouthfuls. Last time I visited her in Portland, she had a loaf ready for Matt and I to try. I could not BELIEVE how tasty it was. It’s definitely a treat you could bring to any brunch. Everyone would love it – and you would have a Paleo friendly option.
I am pleased let Lauren introduce her recipe below. To make it legit, I didn’t edit anything she wrote – but I did add a few editor’s notes, just to keep the record straight.
My amazing sister, the writer of this blog, has long served as my paleo role model. She appears to have easily made the transition from vegetarian to paleo eater. (Editor’s note: Not so easy. I had a real sugar issue that I was only able to kick when Lauren and I supported each other through a 30 day Paleo challenge.) I have been on a slightly slower journey – adhering more to the 85% paleo and 15% other food plan. I am having difficulty reconciling the idea of a world without salted caramel ice cream or sushi rolls. So I strive to make good choices, knowing I feel much better when I do.
For those of you who are still tempted by the chocolate muffins at the coffee shop or your co-worker’s birthday cake, this is a fantastic baked goods alternative made with paleo ingredients. My hubby always asks for two loaves at a time so we can enjoy the goodness throughout the week.” (Editor’s note: Or at least a few days. Her husband is a very good eater.)
Blueberry Banana Bread
Bananas, 3, mashed
Almond flour, 2 cups
Vanilla, 2 teaspoons
Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon
Ginger, 1/4 teaspoon
Cloves, 1/4 teaspoon
Chopped pecans, ¾ cup
Honey, 1/4 cup
Coconut flakes, 1 cup
Blueberries, 1 cup
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together the above ingredients until thoroughly blended.
- Grease loaf pan with coconut oil.
- Pour batter into loaf pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until the a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
- (Editor’s note: Serve to your family and friends so that you don’t eat it all in one sitting.)