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Gluten Free Banana Bread
A moist and healthy banana bread recipe
A banana bread that is good for you? Yes it is possible.
I love banana bread, the cafe type that is super moist and let's face it full of calories and fat. I am always on the look out for "healthy" versions to treat myself with.
This recipe features LSA, a seed and nut mix that is very good for you and gives the cake a slightly nutty flavor.
It freezes well and is perfect for kids snacks and picnics.
Update: Made this today with some added chopped walnuts - great addition
What is LSA?
The super food that makes this cake special
LSA is a mix of Linseed (or flaxseed), sunflower seeds and almonds. It is a great source of both fibre and essential vitamins and minerals and is most often added to cakes, breakfast cereal and smoothies.
LSA is low in carbohydrates making it suitable for diabetics. It is also high in omega 3 and 6 and also in fibre making it beneficial for all of us!
If you prefer you can prepare your own LSA mix by combining, 2 parts Linseed (flaxseed), 2 parts sunflower seeds and 1 part almonds.
While an average banana bread has around 13grams of saturated fat this version contains only 1.5g of saturated fat! I found this recipe in a healthy food magazine a couple of years ago. I have lost the original copy so I am sorry but I can not tell you where exactly. I have made it so often I can do it without the recipe these days.
If you have not used LSA before you can buy it in the health food section of most supermarkets
I usually slice the bread when it has cooled and freeze individual slices for school lunches otherwise it tends to disappear!
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 1 hour
- Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
- Yields: 10 slices
- 4 ripe bananas
- 3/4 cup castor sugar
- 3 eggs lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup gluten free self raising flour ( I have also used regular flour at times)
- 75 mls olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup LSA (linseed sesame and almond mix)
- 1. Mash the bananas
- 2. Lightly beat the eggs and sugar
- 3. Combine the flour and LSA mix
- 4. Stir in the egg mix, banana, oil and vanilla
- 5. Pour into a lightly greased loaf tin and bake for 1 hour at approx 160 degrees celsius
A blueberry variation
Australian Healthy Food Guide
This magazine and its website are full of fantastic recipes that are healthy and appealing
well worth your time to look around Australian Healthy Food Magazine website.
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Learn more about Gluten Free Cooking
Making your own gluten free snacks and meals is much cheaper and healthier than relying on the products in the supermarket. Many of these are high in fat and sugar.