Paleo Banana Bread (Low Carb)

Low Carb Paleo Banana Bread - Wellness Bakeries

Most banana breads – whether they are commercially prepared or homemade – are loaded with refined flour, sugar and inflammatory vegetable oils.

Consider Starbucks Banana Nut Bread, for example. With more than 400 calories and 30 grams of sugar per serving, this kind of snack with your afternoon coffee or tea can bring your metabolism to a slow grind, while spiking blood sugar levels and promoting harmful inflammation.

Take a look at the ingredients in Starbucks’ version of this classic:

Bananas, enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, egg, soybean oil, walnuts, pecans, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), sea salt, baking soda, natural flavor, spice, soy lecithin.

If you’ve landed on this page, you probably already know the harmful effects of gluten, grains and a high-sugar diet. But just as important are the kinds of fats we consume. In fact, dietary fats are powerful biochemical messengers that communicate with our genes.

The omega 6 fats – from vegetable, corn, soybean and seed oils – tell our bodies to create more inflammatory compounds, to constrict blood vessels (causing a rise in blood pressure) and promote dangerous blood clots. And these are the primary fats you’ll find in most commercially-prepared baked goods and snacks (including the Starbucks’ product mentioned above).

But is it possible to make a grain free, low carb, Paleo Banana Bread that tastes just as good (or better) than the original?

We set out on a mission to find out…

Paleo Banana Bread - Wellness Bakeries

How to Make Low-Carb Paleo Banana Bread (That Tastes GREAT!)

While we believe our banana bread tastes even better than the original, it has a mere fraction of the calories and sugar. In fact, one serving of the Paleo Banana Bread recipe featured below has just 186 calories (54% less than Starbucks), less than four grams of sugar (87% less) and eight grams total carbohydrate. There are also two grams of satiating fiber and four grams protein.

It also provides a great source of metabolism-boosting healthy fats: nine grams saturated fat (from coconut oil and egg yolks) and four grams monounsaturated fat (from the nuts).

All you need to make this recipe is a cup and a half of our versatile all-purpose Miracle Mix, a couple ripe bananas, some farm fresh eggs, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon and nuts.

You’ll also need a mixing bowl, measuring cup, whisk or hand-held mixer, rubber spatula and a 7.5” x 3.5” loaf pan or a muffin pan. We also strongly advise using a kitchen scale for accuracy, especially for the bananas.

Before we get started, I’d like to share a couple quick tips that really make a difference…

First, regarding the bananas. While you can use fresh, ripe bananas, I have found that freezing ripe bananas and then thawing them produces the best-tasting Paleo banana bread with a nice crumb and plenty of moisture.

You may also want to lightly toast the nuts before incorporating them in the batter. This helps to keep them crisp. Otherwise, the moisture can make them expand and they tend to get a bit soggy.

Enough talk… Let’s start baking!

Start by preheating your oven to 350F and grease your pan of choice.

Next, get out your bananas and weigh 250 grams. This should be roughly two medium bananas. If they are frozen, heat them in a skillet to bring to room temp (if you’re in a pinch for time, a microwave works). While you’re doing that, melt your coconut oil (grass-fed butter is also delicious, if you tolerate dairy). Toast and chop the nuts.

Then add 160 grams of Miracle Mix (about 1.5 cups) to a medium bowl. In another bowl, combine the eggs, melted coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon. Whisk or beat well to combine. It should look like this…

Paleo Banana Bread Batter - Wellness Bakeries

Fold in the bananas and stir with a rubber spatula to incorporate all of that banana-y goodness (and yes, that is a word, you can look it up)..

 Paleo Banana Bread - Adding the Bananas

Finally, fold in the nuts and scrape the batter into your prepared pan.

Paleo Banana Bread - Stirring in the Nuts

If you’d like a sweeter crust, sprinkle a couple teaspoons of Coconut Sugar over the top.

Transfer to the oven and bake (about 23 minutes for muffins or 45 minutes for a small loaf). You can also test to see if a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack (This will prevent moisture from collecting the in the bottom of the pan and making the bread soggy).

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Paleo Banana Bread (Low Carb)
 
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Yield: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups Miracle Mix (160 g)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 very ripe bananas (250 g)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ Tbsp. coconut sugar (optional, for a sweeter bread)
  • ½ cup nuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin tin with liners or grease a 7.5 x 3.5" pan.
  2. In a glass bowl, heat ripe bananas in the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds to release juices. Mash well.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine Miracle Mix, cinnamon and coconut sugar (if using)
  4. In another bowl, combine eggs, coconut oil and vanilla. Whisk well to combine.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet and beat on medium speed with an electric mixer to fully combine.
  6. Add the bananas and mix to incorporate.
  7. Fold in the nuts.
  8. Spoon batter into lined muffin cups or loaf pan.
  9. Sprinkle with cinnamon and/or a small amount of coconut sugar, if desired.
  10. Transfer to oven and bake 22-24 minutes for muffins or 40-45 minutes for a loaf until tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Let cool on a wire rack. Serve with butter.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 186 Fat: 16

 

 

Comments

    • Kelley says

      Thanks, Joe!

      I have gotten into the habit of making this bread every week now to have on hand. Our toddler absolutely LOVES it and it makes for a filling and just-sweet-enough snack with my afternoon coffee or tea.

      Be Well!
      Kelley

    • Kelley says

      Hi Janet,
      Thanks for your question.

      As noted above: “In fact, one serving of the Paleo Banana Bread recipe featured below has just 186 calories (54% less than Starbucks), less than four grams of sugar (87% less) and eight grams total carbohydrate. There are also two grams of satiating fiber and four grams protein.”

      Be Well,
      Kelley

  1. Jean says

    What are the ingredients in the Miracle Mix? The photo on the linked site is too blurry to read the ingredients when it is enlarged. Thanks.

    • Jon Herring says

      Hi Jean,

      Not sure what’s going on with the photo… seems pretty clear when I pull it up. Those ingredients are: almond flour, organic coconut flour, organic coconut sugar, baking soda, sea salt, stevia.

  2. Dianne Skinner says

    Is it possible to get the exact recipe for “MIRACLE MIX” as it’s not possible to buy it from you outside the US -or is there anywhere in Australia who may have it?
    Thanks.

    • Kelley says

      Hi Diane,
      Of course, we LOVE to give away our proprietary formulas. And while you’re at it, ask Coca Cola for their secret formula…

      Joking aside, we do understand.

      Please note that while our website does not allow it, we do ship outside the United States upon special request.

      The cost to ship to Australia is $50US for a “medium” box (fits 9-14 packages of mix) and $75US for a “large” box (fits 14-18 packages of mix). The variability depends on the actual products included, as the individual package sizes can vary.

      We do not add anything to these prices for “handling” or filling out the customs paperwork. In fact, the price we charge is less than our actual shipping cost. All orders are shipped via US Postal Service Priority Mail (with international tracking). All packages are categorized as “baking mixes” and designated as a “gift,” rather than a commercial shipment, to avoid customs delays.

      If you do wish to place an order, here are the instructions:

      – Visit our products page and make a list of the exact items and quantity you wish to order

      – Reply to this email with the list of desired items and your shipping address

      – We will reply within 24 hours with a PayPal invoice (which can be paid with any major credit card)

      – Once paid, your order will be shipped within 48 hours.

      We do understand that shipping costs might make this unfeasible. That is why we have several products that will teach you how to create low-glycemic, grain-free and gluten-free breads, breakfasts, crusts, desserts and even candies “from scratch” with ingredients that can be found online or in your local health food store (in most international locations).

      http://www.betterbreads.net
      http://www.guiltfreedesserts.net
      http://www.carefreecandies.com

      Thank you sincerely for your interest and we hope to hear from you soon!

      Be Well,
      Kelley

  3. Penelope says

    Hi, I’m from Australia and can’t get Miracle Mix plus I don’t buy anything premixed in a packet anymore, even from a health food store, so what’s in it???
    I would love to make the banana bread. Please help.

    • Jon Herring says

      Hi Lynn,

      Thank you for your interest in Wellness Bakeries. Unfortunately, we do not currently have any international distribution locations. However, we do ship outside the United States upon special request.

      The cost to ship to the UK is $50US for a “medium” box (fits 9-14 packages of mix) and $75US for a “large” box (fits 14-18 packages of mix). The variability depends on the actual products included, as the individual package sizes can vary.

      We do not add anything to these prices for “handling” or filling out the customs paperwork. In fact, the price we charge is less than our actual shipping cost. All orders are shipped via US Postal Service Priority Mail (with international tracking). All packages are categorized as “baking mixes” and designated as a “gift,” rather than a commercial shipment, to avoid customs delays.

      If you do wish to place an order, here are the instructions:

      – Visit our products page and make a list of the exact items and quantity you wish to order
      – Reply to info@wellnessbakeries.com with the list of desired items and your shipping address
      – We will reply within 24 hours with a PayPal invoice (which can be paid with any major credit card)
      – Once paid, your order will be shipped within 48 hours.

      Thank you sincerely for your interest and we hope to hear from you soon!

      Jon Herring

  4. ted says

    hello Kelly-bought your book on bread-tried a couple of them- buns and some breads-went with your mixes and pans but I put in the pan stayed at that level-put in 2 inches and baked with 2 inches-why didn’t it rise more than that-im in Denver co at 5300 ft above sea level????????????ted

    • Jon Herring says

      Hi Ted, it appears that your question refers to Kelley’s book Better Breads, published by Healing Gourmet. If you have specific questions or feedback about that book, we encourage you to write Healing Gourmet directly. The email address for customer service is: HealingGourmet AT gmail DOT com

      Obviously, you would want to replace the “at” and “dot” above. Just trying to keep the spam bots from following the address.

  5. Harmony says

    March 21, 2005. Your web site has not been working lately. I have been trying to buy Miracle Mix. However, just a word of admiration for your recipes, and Wellness Bakeries. Made the carrot cake yesterday. It was a big hit.
    I would very much like to have the girl scout cookie recipes and others listed in the top of this E-mail.

    Trying to eat a Paleo Diet.

    Best to you, Harmony harmonyb11@comcast.net

    • Kelley says

      Hi Harmony,
      Thanks so much for your kind comments and for letting us know about the issue with the website. We have done test sales with no issues, but we are looking further into the problem.

      Also, please check your email (including your spam folder). Per your conversation with Jon he prepared an invoice for the products which you requested. He also said that you gave him an AOL address, which was returned undeliverable. If you have questions, please call again the number listed at the bottom of the website.

      We

    • Jon Herring says

      Hi Keefe… all of our products have been tested out to at least one year shelf life, with no discernible degradation of the product or results. If you do intend to store the packages for an extended period, and you have the space to do so, they can be stored in the freezer or refrigerator for an even longer shelf life. Hope this helps!

    • Jon Herring says

      Hi Britta,

      That depends on your definition of “Paleo.” In the strictest sense, no. Our ancient ancestors did not eat cake. However, we believe that “paleo” should be a logical framework…not an historical enactment. With this in mind, our Chocolate Bliss Cake mix could certainly be considered paleo. All of the ingredients, with the exception psyllium husk, were found within the ancestral diet. This would include erythritol, which is naturally found in grapes, mushrooms, melons, etc. Most important, however, is that the macronutrient ratio in almost all of the products sold by Wellness Bakeries falls within the range most likely consumed by our ancestors – low carbs and rich in healthy fats and protein.

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