Banana Skillet Bread
Everyone likes banana bread, right? If the answer is not right, I’m not sure what to do with my hands. I grew up on banana bread. If there were ripe bananas, you can bet there would be banana bread in our future. This banana bread from my youth tasted amazing, but wasn’t amazingly beneficial for my health or anything. Now that I am a more conscious consumer, I want my banana bread to benefit my health and not irritate my digestive system. Well, I had ripe bananas the other day, so you know what that means. I was in the mood to experiment, and I wanted to use ingredients I already had on hand, and this amazing skillet bread was the result.
This recipe is gluten free. I combined a hazelnut flour (yum yum) with all purpose gluten free flour to make sure it still had some fluff. Nut flours are expensive, and heavy and my digestive system doesn’t always do well with a ton of it. I like to mix it sometimes to give some of those amazing benefits of, in this case, hazelnuts. Mixing it also is a little more cost effective and allows for the bread to have that lightweight feel that we crave in baked goods. If you are grain free, you can sub the gluten free flour for more hazelnut or almond flour, but it will be heavier. Don’t go throwing coconut flour in this recipe, because the quantities will be different and I can’t guarantee you a great result on that one. (I currently avoid coconut due to a food sensitivity, so I won’t be testing that out.)
Hazelnuts are used in desserts as a special, sweet, nutty depth. I love hazelnuts. I find that in paleo and grain free recipes and products, almond flour is the most used ingredient. I love almonds and all its uses, but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up for taste’s sake and also for the sake of not overloading your system with one ingredient and possibly developing an allergy or food sensitivity. Hazelnuts are also high in good fats, magnesium, calcium, and Vitamins B & E. Want good skin? Eat some hazelnuts. They also help support your heart, muscles, bones, and digestive health.
I stress the importance of eating organic all the time. There are so many reasons why organic is important. It is best for your health because organic produce and organic animal products are more nutrient dense. It is better for the environment and encourages a healthy and sustainable ecosystem. It ensures that the farmer is receiving the proper wages for their work and products. I could go on and on about the importance of organic, and I probably will, but not in this post. If you want more information about this, stay tuned.
When looking for an all purpose gluten free flour, you want to make sure it doesn’t contain any gums like xanthan gum. If there is corn involved, you want that Non-GMO label present. Good food is more expensive, but you are fueling your body with good nutrients and protecting your health. Good foods also go a long way! I get full when I feed my body with fats, good fiber, vitamins and minerals in their natural state. I am not satiated if I choose the junky, empty foods where many of the nutrients have been stripped away and replaced with food like chemicals and substances that our body doesn’t recognize.
This recipe is really easy and didn’t take any special tools or skills. Anyone can make and enjoy this delicious skillet!
i used this ghee
i used this gluten free flour
i used this hazelnut flour