Sunday, April 10, 2011

From Mother to Daughter - Banana Nut Loaf

Sunday morning and we had no coffee. CRISIS. In an effort to avoid a total body shutdown, I didn't even do Starbucks. I threw my puppy in the truck and drove (in my pajamas and full bed-head nonetheless) at lightning speed, right to the 3 Arches (much closer than $tarbucks) for a plain, Venti cup of black coffee. I've officially become one of the haggard women I see at McDonalds, that I make fun of, for wearing their pink slippers inside. Thank goodness for Drive-Thru. My only saving grace? I sweetened with my own Stevia sweetener, once I'd rushed back home.

And gulped sipped sweetly, while reading my newest issue of Oxygen and munching on my mamma's banana bread. Crisis averted! Ahhh, on to enjoy a quiet Sunday morning.

My aunt compiled a few of my families recipes for me a few years back. My favorite was one my mom wrote when she was 12 ... 

A recipe for Banana Nut Loaf :) This is my twist on my mom's recipe. She has passed on now, so it's re-creating recipes like this that keep her with me today. 

As you can see, the recipe calls for shortening, sugar and white flour. Knowing all of those ingredients aren't the best for my body, I opted for healthier, lighter substitutions, to ease digestion and to keep my blood sugar a little more balanced. This recipe is so moist, dense and flavorful! And, with the modifications, it is pretty guilt-free. If my mom was here, I'm pretty sure she'd approve. :)

  • Courtney's Banana Nut Loaf (Thanks, mom!)

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/3 c. flax meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea-salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 c. light brown sugar or equal amount of stevia
  • 6 egg whites, beaten
  • 3 ripe & mashed bananas
  • dash of vanilla
  • tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and lightly grease (I use Pam cooking spray) your favorite loaf pan. 

Pull 3 frozen bananas out of the freezer and let them thaw to room temperature, before mashing them with a fork in a large bowl. (I believe freezing over-ripe bananas intensifies the flavor even more!) Add 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce and a dash of vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon.

Grind plain, whole almonds in your food processor or coffee grinder (see below). You'll need about 2 cups of almond flour.

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, flax meal, baking soda and salt and sugar. Whip egg whites with fork until nice and frothy. Combine with banana mixture. Pour banana mixture into flour mixture until just moistened. Pour into loaf pan.

(Adding flax meal)

For fun, top with spices, cranberries and slivered almonds before popping in the oven.

Enjoy a Dove dark chocolate while you're waiting for it to bake (or go workout!) It will be baking for about 90 minutes. Cover it with foil for the first 60 minutes, then take the foil off and let it brown on top.

I made this last night, and it tasted even better today. Next time I think I'd like a double batch :) Thanks mom!


  1. This looks heavenly and I have 3 frozen bananas sitting in the freezer! I will try it out this week for sure. Hope you had a good weekend and have a great week! :)

  2. this looks DELICOUS. thanks for sharing- i didn't know that you could use almonds like that! just found your blog and i love it. : )