Stevia Vegan Banana Loaf

Truth be told, I really DO consider myself a savory person over a sweet person.

But, I have to admit that I have always loved the ritual of a tea or coffee with a sweet baked treat.

It’s highly probable this comes from my Dad, who is British, and the fact that my siblings and I were raised on tea & biscuits.

Regardless, be it a cookie, a muffin or a scone, there’s just something about the pairing I can’t quit.

Banana Bread has always been a favorite of mine and I’ve been experimenting for a while now, trying to come up with something gluten free, paleo, vegan AND sugar free (using stevia, with the exception of the natural sugar of the banana).

As I am not exactly a natural in the kitchen, I’m pretty happy to have finally discovered a combo that works!

 Stevia Paleo Vegan Banana Bread

What You’ll Need:

  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • ¾ cup non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or Lily’s stevia chocolate chips *Optional

 

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×4 loaf pan with coconut oil, vegan butter or baking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine the oil, stevia, non-dairy milk, flaxseed, bananas, vanilla, and lime juice. Beat until bananas are mashed and mixture is smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, almond flour, tapioca flour and shredded coconut. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture, slowly mixing in as you go. Lastly, feel free to add in any walnuts or chocolate chips as you like.
  4. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until you can poke a toothpick and have it come out clean. Let cool before removing from pan.

 

*Nutritional Info (per slice):

  • Calories 231
  • Fat 16.5g – Saturated 10.8g, Polyunsaturated 0.3g, Monounsaturated 0.5g, Trans 0g
  • Cholesterol 305mg
  • Sodium 0mg
  • Potassium 262mg
  • Carbs 19g
  • Fiber 5.7g
  • Sugars 6.7g
  • Protein 3.3g

*Based on 10 piece loaf & not including the addition of walnuts or chocolate chips

Important note: The texture of this loaf is a little grainier & not quite as dense as the traditional version. That aside, it’s a relatively guilt free, low carb take on the infamous bread, and I hope you like it!