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Everyone’s Favorite Banana Bread {grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free}

 

Recipe Macros

Tracking your macros is important while trying to remain in Ketosis. Here they are for one serving of this recipe.

Fat

Fat: 10g

Protein

Protein: 1g

Carb

Carbs: 22g (net)

Icons do not reflect ingredients.

I can’t even begin to tell you how spoiled I am, but I’ll try anyway. I grew up in Florida, 27 years there. It’s hot, humid. Summer is the main season, the other 3 are just a fleeting thought. But that’s all I knew for 27 years. Then my husband ripped me from my hot, humid bubble and we settled for a time in Minnesota. Florida to Minnesota. Yeah.

Our first winter in Minnesota it was -40°F. Did you happen to notice the minus sign?! And the following summer it was 120°F. I had no idea what was going on. How could anywhere on the planet have a 160°F temperature swing in a matter of months. But I honestly loved Minnesota. The seasons, the colors, the snow, the people. So great.

Then we moved to Colorado. Been here almost 4 years now and the thought of going back to either Florida or Minnesota gives me anxiety. I simply couldn’t take the humidity or the drastic temps on either end of the gauge. Colorado is where it’s at.

Everyone's Favorite Banana Muffins {grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free} by Our Paleo Life

To the point of me being spoiled. February this year was amazing! We got 2 feet of snow early on and then temps in the 60’s. This past weekend, it was in the 70’s and we have some snow in the forecast later this week. I love the bipolar weather here, that we’re not locked into cold weather for 6 months straight, or summer for 8 months of the year.

And since our weather has been so great, we’ve been spending a lot more time outside. Hiking with the kids, lots of neighborhood walks with the dog, sitting out on the deck while we work. This weekend, I finally got around to doing our bi-annual chicken coop cleaning, which was the perfect time to get our brooder box set up for a new batch of baby chicks that we’ll be picking up this week. 8 more little cuties to add to our flock of 7. Guaranteed pictures to come (over on Instagram, make sure you’re following me to see all the fluffy cuteness).

Everyone's Favorite Banana Muffins {grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free} by Our Paleo Life

And I’m thinking that there must be some correlation between extra time outside and the fact that all our bananas have been neglected the last 2 weeks. I wound up with a dozen overly ripe bananas (which is actually perfectly ripe for this recipe). While there are definitely a lot of paleo banana bread recipes floating around (heck, I even have this one and this one on my own site), I’ve never been 100% satisfied with them.

You see, back in our pre-paleo days, I had about 2 dozen go-to recipes that our family loved. My banana bread recipe was one of them. But given the vast amounts of flour and sugar, I just gave it up and tried quite a few replacements. None were just right, you know?

Everyone's Favorite Banana Muffins {grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free} by Our Paleo Life

I have recently given up almond and coconut flours (for the most part) in lieu of cassava flour. That is what I needed to make this recipe work. Now we get to eat our old family favorite with absolutely no grains, no dairy, and no nuts (that is unless I get the itch to add walnuts, which I often do).

Everyone's Favorite Banana Muffins {grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free} by Our Paleo Life

And lucky for me, a dozen mushy ripe bananas was just enough for a triple batch of bananas muffins. I usually get about 20 muffins out of it (so long as sneaky fingers don’t find their way into the batter, which they usually do) so with 60 muffins (give or take) so I had plenty to bring to the neighbors as well. And the best part is that they’re good for anyone and everyone, even if you don’t know if they have food allergies/sensitivities or not.

They’re the perfect little out-of-nowhere treat, so make a batch (or 3) and put a smile on someone’s face this week.

Everyone's Favorite Banana Muffins {grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free} by Our Paleo Life
Everyone's Favorite Banana Muffins {grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free} by Our Paleo Life

Everyone’s Favorite Banana Bread {grain-free, nut-free, dairy-free}

Course: Snack
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 190 kcal
Author: Kendra Benson
This banana bread/muffin recipe was adapted from our family's favorite pre-paleo recipe, and now we're sharing it with your family. Grain-free, dairy-free, and nut-free, anyone and everyone will be able to enjoy this classic quick bread.
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 Ripe Bananas 4 is optimal, but you can get away with 3 if that's all you have
  • 1 cup Coconut Sugar use Maple Sugar for coconut allergies
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening we use Spectrum
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (210g) Otto's Cassava Flour see notes
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda increase to 1-1/4 tsp if omitting baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder omit for corn allergies
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar if omitting baking powder
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Walnuts optional, but really good if no nut allergies, chopped
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips optional, but who could pass up chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper, overhanging the edges, or liner 18 muffin cups with muffin liners (grease-proof is my favorite).

  2. Mash the bananas with a fork until very few chunks remain and it's liquefied. Add the coconut sugar and stir until combined. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the eggs and shortening. A stand/hand mixer is best, but a fork gets the job done well enough too. Add the egg and banana mixtures together and stir to combine.
  4. Add in the cassava flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar (if using), and salt. Stir until evenly combined and consistency is a thick batter (not pourable but doesn't hold it's shape). If using, add in walnuts now and stir to combine.
  5. Pour into prepared loaf pan or muffin cups (I use a large cookie scoop to get uniform muffins).
  6. Bake loaf for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (if banana bits stick to toothpick, that's okay). Bake muffins for 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  7. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely (or as long as you can wait) before slicing the loaf.

Recipe Notes

Cassava flour is best measured by weight since it's about 20g heavier per cup than regular wheat flour. If you don't have a kitchen scale, gently stir the flour to break it up, and lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup. Level it off with the edge of a butter knife. This should give you an pretty accurate measurement of 210g.

Nutrition Facts
Everyone’s Favorite Banana Bread {grain-free, nut-free, dairy-free}
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 224mg 9%
Potassium 171mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 3.5%
Calcium 4%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 Comments on “Everyone’s Favorite Banana Bread {grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free}

  1. Madison

    What could I use instead of shortening? I just bought cassava flour and want to use it for the recipes!

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  2. Kendra Benson

    @Madison, I’ve only made it as written, haven’t tried any substitutions. You can try coconut oil, but I’m not sure exactly how those results would turn out. If you do try it, please report back in case anyone else would like to try that option as well.

    Reply
  3. Adriana

    Delicious muffins! I did substitute the shortening for coconut oil (same amount), I doubled the baking soda and left out the baking powder and used 3/4 cup of maple syrup instead of sugar. I made 1/3 of the batch with walnuts, 1/3 with 100% unsweetended cocoa, and 1/3 plain ?

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  4. Madison

    What can I do instead of sugar? I’m Sticking close to whole 30 but want to make banana bread using my new cassava flour

    Reply
    1. Kendra Benson

      @Madison, I’ve never tried it without the sugar. That’s a large part of the dry ingredients, so you may have to cut out some of the bananas. Although, cassava flour used to make bread-type foods isn’t really in line with the Whole30, even if it is using Whole30-compliant ingredients.

      Reply

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