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Paleo banana & date bread

Banana and date bread

I have a couple of half marathons coming up, the Vitality North London half this Sunday and Wimbledon Common half next Sunday. I cannot run long distances if I eat gluten or sugar, both of these give me *ahem* stomach issues on runs longer than 15km. However, if I stay away from both for a few or at least a couple of weeks before a long run or race, then I don’t suffer on race day.

After not being so strict about my diet before, during and long after Christmas, I’m now back to eating rice bread when I want bread and I have replaced my Friday afternoon baked treats with home made sugar- and gluten free goodies instead.

Since I love anything that’s baked in a loaf tin, I keep coming back to making banana bread over and over and over again. If you Google “banana bread” or “paleo banana bread”, you get a gazillion links. I personally prefer recipes that are the most straight forward and that involve a food processor where you can chuck most ingredients into (I’m a very lazy chef :).

This week I made banana and date bread using and modifying a recipe from Elana’s Pantry.

Paleo Banana & Date Bread

3-4 bananas, depending on size (about 1-½ cups) mashed
4 medium eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 dates (or more if you want more sweetness)
¼ cup melted coconut oil
2 cups almond meal
½ teaspoon salt (I use pink salt)
1 teaspoon baking soda

Place bananas, eggs, vanilla, dates and coconut oil in a food processor
Pulse ingredients together
Mix in almond meal, salt and baking soda
Scoop batter into a greased or lined loaf pan
Bake at 175°C for 55-65 minutes
Remove from oven and allow to cool

So easy. So delicious.

How do you like to make your banana bread?

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  • Reply
    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    March 12, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I’m just eating a slice of banana bread right now, its so good!

  • Reply
    March 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    YUM. Thanks for this- might make it for my mum (gluten allergy!)

  • Reply
    March 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    This looks amazing, and the ingredients are fab! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    March 12, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Banana bread is the one thing I can consistently bake. Everything else tends to fail. I like the BBC Food recipe – involves all the naughty stuff but I do love it!

    • Reply
      March 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      If I used flour or sugar in the recipe I would eat it in one go – my brain absolutely cannot moderate these food items 😐

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