So, as I mentioned on Day 9 , I went on a little banana bread bender. Thankfully, I didn’t compromise my cleanse as this particular banana bread is totally detox friendly. It’s sugar free, grain free and gluten free and, as evidenced by the fact only the crumbs remain, we . loved . it . Super ripe bananas bring the natural sweetness and ground almonds lend the buttery richness.
If this is detox food, I could do this for awhile. 😉
And, speaking of which, my detox is officially over! As I type this, I am one day out from my cleanse. Curious what I ate today? Well, I started with lemon water then it I thoroughly enjoyed two cups of coffee with almond milk and a bit of sugar. Then … spelt flour pancakes with maple syrup. Yummy. I was so full from the pancakes, that was the only meal I ended up having today! At work in the afternoon I had a cappuccino (can you tell I like coffee?) and a couple of biscotti. I finished out the day with a giant honey crisp apple. I planned to have a smoothie but it didn’t end up happening. That’s OK. Twelve days of straight Detox Smoothies earns me a day off. 😉
Tomorrow, the cheese! –> update! Cheese happened while I finished editing this post. Cold slices of marble. Straight. 😉
Alright! With that out of the way, back to the Sugar Free Banana Bread.
Try to get your bananas ripening a couple of days beforehand. You can use the greener/less ripe ones for the Sugar Free Granola if you wanted, but for the bread, the riper the better.
The method couldn’t be easier by simply placing the ingredients in a blender and pouring them into a loaf pan. Boom!
Have you seen this kitchen hack for lining your loaf pans? Flip your pan over, lay your piece of parchment over it and fold the edges in like a Christmas present. Then flip the loaf pan back over and your piece of parchment paper will sit right in. So cool, right?
I’ve been on a huge pecan kick lately, so pecans it was as my nut of choice in this bread.
Now, it has no sugar besides from the bananas so don’t expect cake-y, fluffy and syrupy sweet. It’s more dense and rich. The pecans added crunch as well as that unmistakeable toasty flavour.
Even though Joe isn’t fully on the cleanse he really enjoyed the bread, too. We demolished the loaf, but felt no shame. I love that. 🙂
Here are the recaps from the last two days:
Day 11 Day 12
lemon H2O / cayenne lemon H2O / cayenne
blood orange navel orange
hard boiled egg hard boiled egg
strawberry cucumber smoothie strawberry cucumber smoothie
almonds hard boiled egg
lemon basil chicken salad apple
almonds almond butter
So there it is! I ended on a high note, feeling great. I lost just over five pounds, which I was happy with. I felt like I had ample to eat and did not feel deprived.
I’ve heard from a number of you that you plan on giving it a go so please let me know how you fare! Shoot me a message if you have any questions. 🙂
Meanwhile, Banana bread. Happy Friday!
- 1 ½ cups ground almonds
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- ¼ cup Daily Cleanse or ground flax
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 2 ripe bananas mashed
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Place almond flour, coconut flour, flax, salt and baking soda in a bowl and whisk together. Transfer to blender and add in the eggs, coconut oil, mashed bananas and vanilla and blend until smooth. Pour batter into the lined loaf pan and top with the crushed pecans
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, checking the centre with a toothpick
- Cool on a rack for 10 minutes