No Added Sugar Banana Bread
Delicious, all-natural ingredients with no added sugar and no refined sugar.
- 6-7 medium, overripe bananas, previously frozen and defrosted (fresh will work too)
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (or other neutral-flavored oil of choice)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup walnut pieces (optional)
- Butter & sea salt for serving (optional)
- Sugar-free chocolate chips (optional)
- Note: If you're going to use fresh overripe bananas, be sure to roast them for 15-20 minutes at 450F and allow them time to cool (reserving the liquid as well) before starting on the banana bread.
- Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease an 4x8 loaf pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the defrosted/roasted bananas, coconut or other oil, eggs and vanilla and optional chocolate chips. Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for roughly 1 hour, or you can insert a toothpick; you want it to come out without any traces of batter. Allow to cool before slicing.
- If you or your eating audience has nut allergies, feel free to omit the walnuts.
Adapted from According To Elle
Adapted from According To Elle
No Dairy Blueberry Banana Freeze
When I was a kid, there was a frozen custard place we used to go to about once a month in St. Louis (where I'm from) called Ted Drewes. The lines went all the way out to the street, and they were known, nationwide, for their decadent desserts. I had my favorites, but my parents always got the same thing; a blueberry banana "concrete." It was the perfect combination of that fresh, summery sweet/tartness from the blueberries and the creamy and sweet thickness from the bananas. During a demo yesterday, I put together a new, healthier rendition that's just as decadent. The bananas add the creaminess without the addition of dairy. This recipe is dedicated to that memory. Ted Drewes (and my folks) would be proud. And the vegetables make it even healthier. Great for kids.
- 2 bananas + 1/2 banana, peeled
- 1/2 + 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/2 avocado, peeled
- 2 baby carrots
- 1/8 cup spinach
- 1 stalk kale
- 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey (or less)
- 2 cups ice
- (Optional) 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- (Optional) 1/2 cup soy yogurt
- Place 2 bananas, 1/2 cup blueberries, and remaining ingredients into Vitamix. Slowly ramp up to high speed and run for 1 minute.
- Drop speed down to a 2 or 3 and add remaining banana and blueberries through lid opening. Use tamper to push ingredients into blade to chop into bits for texture.
- Serve immediately.
- If bananas and blueberries are not getting sufficiently chopped at end, quickly pulse up to 5 or 6 on the variable speed dial, and then immediately back down.
Mega Fruit Smoothie
Lotsa fruit. Smoothified.
- • 1/2 cup green or red grapes
- • 2-3 strawberries with stems
- • 1/2 banana
- • 1/4 medium Gala apple
- • 1 whole orange, peeled
- • 1/2 cup pineapple, rind removed
- • 1/2 cup ice
- Blend all ingredients on high for 30-45 seconds.