It can’t get better than eating sweet treats that are actually good for your health!
When treats are gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free, and dairy free, they can be extremely nutritious and satisfying at the same time! Wellness does indeed include sweet treats, especially the Tara’s Treats “Wellness Banana Bread” recipe.
Gluten free flours such as almond flour, brown rice flour, coconut flour, and oat flour are easy to find and bake with. Not only that, they are nutritional and wellness powerhouses that provide us with protein, fibers, and nutrients that our bodies can easily digest. Almond flour in particular is high in protein, low in carbohydrates, low in sugars, and adds a wonderful soft texture to baked goods–blanched almond flour is the best type of flour to use in baking.
Refined sugars such as white sugar and brown sugar do nothing for our nutrition and spike our blood sugars. On the other hand, natural sweeteners such as maple syrup and honey offer us much for nutrition, enzymes, and benefits to digestion. Opt for these natural sources of sweetness and use them sparingly. For example, add a banana or unsweetened applesauce, alongside maple syrup, to a baking recipe instead of sugar. Stick to real sources of sweetness, not refined and manufactured!
In terms of adding oils and butter to baked goods, stick with organic coconut oil. The monosaturated fats, and lauric acids, are actually good for our health and help increase HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). Also, coconut oil is antibacterial, aids in weightloss, and contains antioxidants. But be sure to use it in reasonable amounts.
Here is a wonderful recipe for gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free and dairy free Tara’s Treats “Wellness Banana Bread”:
• ¼-1/2 cup maple syrup
• 2 room temperature eggs
• 2-3 very ripe bananas (mashed completely)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 ½ cups of blanched almond flour
• ¾ teaspoon of baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon of salt
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
• Optional: 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix maple syrup, eggs, bananas and vanilla extract well in a bowl
3. Add almond flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to another bowl and whisk well to remove any clumps in the flour and to mix ingredients well
4. Add well ingredients into the dry and mix well
5. Fold in the melted coconut oil into this mixture, and now fold in additional chocolate chips/nuts if you’d like
6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle of the loaf (If you’re making muffins, bake for only 25 minutes)
7. Cool and cut, or store covered (keeps well in the refrigerator)
If you have any questions about gluten free baking, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.TheTaraList.com. Remember, your health is in your hands and you can indeed unlock the tools to attain optimal wellness!