gluten free banana bread

Cooking Gluten Free Banana Bread

We just love sharing recipes created by our good friend and nutritionist Jaz. This week it's a scrumptious banana bread!

Here's how you make it.

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup greek yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (good for blood sugar levels)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dark sugar free chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a bread pan with baking paper and grease the inside of the pan to prevent sticking.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the mashed banana, eggs, maple syrup, greek yogurt, oil and vanilla extract to a bowl until well combined.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients (including choc) and mix until just combined. Do not overmix)
  4. Add banana bread batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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Greek yogurt (in this recipe), often known for its creamy texture and tangy flavor, offers a range of health benefits due to its unique nutritional profile. It is a popular dairy product that is strained to remove much of the whey, resulting in a thicker consistency compared to regular yogurt. Here are some of the benefits of Greek yogurt:

  1. Rich in Protein: Greek yogurt is notably higher in protein compared to regular yogurt. Protein is essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, immune function, and the production of enzymes and hormones.

  2. Probiotics for Gut Health: Like regular yogurt, Greek yogurt contains probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that support a healthy gut microbiome. A balanced gut microbiome is linked to better digestion, immune function, and overall health.

  3. Calcium Source: Greek yogurt is a good source of calcium, which is vital for strong bones and teeth, muscle function, and nerve transmission.

  4. Low in Carbohydrates: Greek yogurt typically contains fewer carbohydrates compared to some other dairy products, making it a suitable option for individuals watching their carbohydrate intake.

  5. Appetite Control: The high protein content of Greek yogurt can help promote satiety and control appetite, making it a satisfying snack or addition to meals.

  6. Weight Management: Incorporating Greek yogurt into a balanced diet can support weight management goals due to its protein content and potential to reduce overeating.

  7. Blood Sugar Regulation: Greek yogurt has a lower glycemic index compared to some carbohydrate-rich foods, which can help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent rapid spikes.

  8. Bone Health: In addition to calcium, Greek yogurt provides phosphorus and magnesium, which are important for maintaining healthy bones.

  9. Nutrient Density: Greek yogurt is rich in vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins (particularly B12), potassium, and zinc.

  10. Versatility in Cooking: Greek yogurt can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, from smoothies and parfaits to dips and sauces. It serves as a healthier alternative to ingredients like mayonnaise or sour cream in recipes.

  11. Reduced Lactose Content: The straining process of Greek yogurt removes some of the lactose, making it a more suitable option for individuals with lactose sensitivity or intolerance.

When choosing Greek yogurt, opt for plain, unsweetened varieties to avoid added sugars. You can add your own natural sweeteners, fruits, or nuts to enhance the flavor without excess sugar. Incorporating Greek yogurt into your diet can be a delicious way to enjoy its nutritional benefits and contribute to your overall health and well-being.

 

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