Raspberry & Almond Banana Bread

Raspberry & Almond Banana Bread

We can never have enough banana bread! We especially love it after a tough workout topped with our homemade Notella or almond butter. We decided to add some raspberries, flaked almonds and dark chocolate to this recipe but feel free to experiment with your own flavours. Blueberries, cinnamon, coconut and walnuts are some of our other favourites! Dig in!


Ingredients:

  • 100g ground almonds
  • 30g coconut flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 medium sized bananas
  • 3 TBSP maple syrup/honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 TBSP peanut butter
  • 50g raspberries (frozen work just as well as fresh in this)
  • 35g flaked almonds
  • 50g dark chocolate chips (we use 85%)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a bread tin with parchment paper.
  • Combine all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, mash the bananas.
  • Add the eggs, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla to the mashed bananas and mix well.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine thoroughly.
  • Gently mix in the raspberries, dark chocolate and 25g of the flaked almonds.
  • Pour the banana bread into the bread tin.
  • Sprinkle the coconut sugar and remaining 10g of flaked almonds on top of the banana bread. This is optional but gives it a lovely crunch!
  • Place the banana bread in the centre of the oven for ~50 minutes. Use a fork to make sure the centre is cooked fully.
  • After 30 minutes you may need to cover the banana bread to stop the flaked almonds from burning, so just keep watch!

Nutritional Information:

Bananas

  • Excellent source of potassium. A diet low in potassium is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and digestive issues. Potassium is an important electrolyte and helps keeps the body’s fluid in check which is why bananas are a popular snack for athletes.
  • Great source of vitamin B6 which is important for the digestive, immune, nervous, muscular and cardiovascular system.

Almonds

  • Great source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.
  • Great source of a number of B vitamins;
  • Rich in folate which is vital for a healthy pregnancy.
  • Rich in riboflavin which helps with red blood cell production, body growth and to process carbohydrates.
  • Rich in niacin which is often used to improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risk.
  • Rich in thiamin which helps the body to process carbohydrates and protein.
  • Great source of unsaturated fats
  • The high levels of unsaturated fats are great to help ease inflammation (great post exercise) and may also improve cholesterol levels.
  • It might be an energy dense food but there is no need to avoid it.
  • A review of 20 clinical trials showed no weight gain or even weight loss individuals consuming 1 -2 cups of nuts a day
  • Possibly due to the amino acid arginine which may boost fat burning.
  • Consuming nuts considerably reduces the risk of developing diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

Coconut Flour

  • A light, fluffy flour that is gluten-free and wheat-free.
  • Very high in fibre which improves digestion and enhances colon health.
  • The high fibre content also has a positive effect on blood sugar levels; substituting coconut flour for some wheat flour in a recipe can also moderate the blood sugar effect of wheat.
  • High in protein, nearly twice the amount than wheat flour.
  • Full of healthy fats including medium-chain triglycerides, although saturated, these digest easily and provide instant energy, antimicrobial properties and may boost your metabolism.

Eggs

  • Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are packed full of vitamin A,D, E & K, B vitamins, selenium, phosphorous, calcium and zinc.
  • They are one of the best dietary sources of choline, a compound required for the building of cell membranes and many other functions.
  • They contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. These are important for eye health and can help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Eggs are considered a complete protein meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids .