Since yesterday was National Banana Lover’s Day I thought it would be fun to whip up a classic banana treat for #FoodieFriday this week… banana bread! Instead of the regular recipe with white flour, sugar, butter and eggs, I made a healthier version filled with lots of nuts, seeds and Hemp Hearts!
This Hemp Banana Bread is vegan-friendly, refined sugar-free and dairy-free but it’s definitely not free from flavour! It has a really yummy banana taste and it’s slightly sweet from the maple syrup. The pecans, almonds and Hemp Hearts also give the bread a nice nutty flavour.
The entire office smelled like bananas while this bread was baking, it was amazing! This recipe is also really quick to whip up and it only requires eight ingredients, many of which you probably already have in your pantry. All you have to do is mash the bananas, blend the almonds and pecans into a flour and mix everything together. Then you just put it in a loaf pan and bake it for about an hour. It’s that easy!
This banana bread would be perfect served for dessert when you have a friend over for coffee or tea, or it would be great as a mid-afternoon snack. It freezes really well too so you could slice it up and freeze it in individual containers and then take out a slice in the morning and have your afternoon snack ready to go!
Hemp Banana Bread
Yield: One Loaf
- 5 large over-ripe bananas
- 1 cup of almonds
- 2 cups of pecans
- 1 cup of brown rice flour
- 1/2 a cup of maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1/4 cup of Hemp Hearts
- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Add the almonds and pecans to a food processor and blend until they form a smooth flour. Then add the almond and pecan flour to a mixing bowl and add in the brown rice flour, maple syrup, chia seeds, Hemp Hearts and cinnamon. Mix until the ingredients are well combined.
In a separate bowl (or in your food processor) mash the bananas until they are smooth and add them to the rest of the ingredients. If you want you can leave the bananas a bit chunky so there are banana pieces throughout the bread. Then grease a loaf pan with coconut oil and pour in the batter.
Bake for about an hour or until it’s golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean. Let cool, slice and enjoy!
I hope you whip up this recipe the next time you have some ripe bananas on hand! What’s your favourite banana dish to make?
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