Just when you thought there was nothing appetizing about the word Flax.
Do you ever let your bananas sit on the counter for too long? To the point where you no longer want to eat them, but you’re not sure if you want to bake with them so they just sit until fruit flies come and you’re like DECISION TIME.
This is exactly what prompted this bake, as well as a podcast on hormone health and a random craving for banana bread with cream cheese.
How do hormones play a role in this bread?
-> The course ground flax and maca powder. Flax seed is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Not only is it full of fiber that fuels detoxification, it also contain a small amount of healthy estrogen. Healthy estrogen? Yes, some hormones are harmful for our bodies resulting in acne, water retention, headaches, mood swings – ya it sucks, but when our digestion is on point and our organs (like our liver!) are being detoxed, you rid your body of those harmful hormones – making room for new ones! FIBER is so important …. phrases I didn’t think I’d say till I was an old lady.
This bread also contains walnuts and brazil nuts. I chose Brazil nuts because of their selenium level. They have the highest level of selenium of any other food source and selenium aids in brain health! They’re also an anti-inflammatory, high in protein, and can even elevate our mood.
FLAX NUT BANANA BREAD | GLUTEN FREE, GRAIN FREE, PALEO
PREP TIME: 15 MIN
BAKE TIME: 35 – 45 MIN
OVEN TEMP: 350
2 cups of Paleo Pancake & Waffle Mix
1tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp maca powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup coarsely ground flax meal
3 ripe bananas (we’re talking brown spots galore)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp of unrefined coconut sugar ( 1/3 cup if you want it a little sweeter)
3/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
3/4 cup roughly chopped brazil nuts chopped
(save 1/4 cup for topping)
This is a really easy recipe. A toss in the bowl kind of thing, but here’s the low down.
- Combine all your dry ingredients in a bow and lightly whisk till everything is incorporated – we’re talking the paleo pancake flour, baking powder, cinnamon, maca powder and ground flax meal. The paleo pancake flour already contains some baking powder, but you’ll need to add a little more for this recipe.
- Add your nuts to the flour mixture, making sure to save a 1/4 cup of Brazil nuts for the topping. I like to add my nuts at this stage because the flour coats the nuts so they’re evenly distributed in the bread, preventing them from sinking.
- In a larger bowl, mash your bananas. I like mine a little chunky – so not completely liquid, but you can mash them however you like. Add the coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and the eggs till combined.
- Add the drying ingredient, and combine. Don’t over mix it! You don’t want your bread to be dense AF.
- Pour batter in a greased, parchment lined bread pan. sprinkle the top with the Brazil nuts. I added some pumpkin seeds too for a little something extra.
- Put the bread in the oven for about 35-45 min. For the last 5 minutes I like to sprinkle a little coconut sugar on the top for some caramelization. The nuts on top will also toast a little, elevating their flavor.
- I always stick a toothpick in it to determine it’s done. When it comes out clean I let it cool and en-freaking-joy!
If you happen to make this recipe I would love to hear how it goes! This is just one of the handful of recipes I’ve composed.
Thanks so much for reading and until next time, EM