Thursday, 5 June 2014

Superfood Protein Banana Bread

With James and I both working full time we both need meals and snacks to take to work to keep us going throughout the day. J needs something he can grab and go for breakfast because he gets up early and commutes 80 miles there and back Monday to Friday, whereas I need something to combat the 3 o'clock slump.

So recently I've been trying to come up with recipes that he can take for breakie and I can munch on mid-afternoon.


A twist on the classic banana bread with a soft inside, crumbly crumb and a subtle nutty flavour, as well as a protein kick from some hemp protein powder | from The Road to Less Cake | #banana #superfood #protein #bread

I only introduced protein powder into my diet last year and I hadn't ventured much further than protein smoothies and pancakes, so when I was sent some new protein powders by My Protein to try it gave me the excuse/opportunity to branch out. 

I hadn't made banana bread for a while and I had a feeling the hemp protein I was sent would work well in a nana loaf. They say trust your instincts, right? Well you bet they were right on this occasion.

 A twist on the classic banana bread with a soft inside, crumbly crumb and a subtle nutty flavour, as well as a protein kick from some hemp protein powder | from The Road to Less Cake | #banana #superfood #protein #breadA twist on the classic banana bread with a soft inside, crumbly crumb and a subtle nutty flavour, as well as a protein kick from some hemp protein powder | from The Road to Less Cake | #banana #superfood #protein #bread

When thinking about what base to go for this banana bread I thought about buckwheat flour at first as I've had a lot of success with it recently, but when I looked in my cupboard I spied my oats. My go-to pancake recipe uses oats and bananas, so I knew banana and oat bread would go down a trick.

Other than being versatile and a slow release of energy, one of the reasons I love oats is because they are affordable. I can buy a 1kg bag of Scottish rolled oats for less than £1.50 ($2.50) in the supermarket. A lot of other flours are more expensive.

Also, I don't want to be a one trick pony food blogger. I have a range of flours in my cupboard and I like experimenting with them all. The only one I seem to have major disasters with is coconut. Whenever I use coconut flour my baked goods apart from scones they seem to fall apart or not hold well. If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated.

A twist on the classic banana bread with a soft inside, crumbly crumb and a subtle nutty flavour, as well as a protein kick from some hemp protein powder | from The Road to Less Cake | #banana #superfood #protein #bread


So why is this a superfood banana bread?

Hemp - It is high in protein and is one of the only complete plant based protein, containing all nine amino acids, it is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and it has anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for anyone like me who has inflammatory conditions such as eczema (which I have), asthma, MS, arthritis and psoriasis.

Flaxseed - Also high in omega-3 and 6 fats, as well as fibre, a good source of iron, and is high in protein.

Raw organic coconut oil - It helps with digestion, can aid weight loss and increase your metabolism and energy, is a great source of healthy fats, Helps with the absorption of other vitamins and minerals, supports thyroid function, reduces the risk of heart disease and can prevent and treat diabetes....to name a few of its benefits, the list goes on and on.

Oats - One of the best sources of soluble fibre, which can help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, absorb toxins, help to keep blood sugar levels steady, they are heart healthy and good for libido - oats release the testosterone which controls the sex drive in both men and women.

Honey - Honey is easily digested and a great energy booster, is anti-inflammatory function which helps fight infections, as well as anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties that can improve your digestive processes and boost your immunity, eating locally-produced honey can help allergies, such as hayfever. Raw unprocessed honey is the richest source of live, healing enzymes which can sharpen your IQ and make you more mentally alert.

A twist on the classic banana bread with a soft inside, crumbly crumb and a subtle nutty flavour, as well as a protein kick from some hemp protein powder | from The Road to Less Cake | #banana #superfood #protein #bread


The bread took two attempts to get it right. The first time the flavour was all there but I used too many wet ingredients and not enough dry, so it was a little too soft in the middle.

Adding a little more oat flour and some rolled oats and little less honey worked a treat. You know how Mama Bear's porridge was is too hot and Papa Bear's porridge is too cold but Baby Bear's bowl was just right. Well, this bread ticks all of those just right boxes. Not too dry or soggy in the middle, just the right amount of softness, not to hard on the outside but just the right amount crumbliness and crispness around the edges and not too sugary, just the right amount of sweetness.

James loves it when I'm recipe testing as it means he is my human guinea pig. I think he enjoys it when I mess up a recipe the first time round as it means he gets to eat whatever I'm experimenting with again. He especially loves banana bread, which means I can sneak in extra healthy things like hemp protein and flaxseed without him noticing.

Although when I ask him what he thinks of my creations so I can embellish on my posts the usual response is "yummy". When I asked for a little more about this bread he said, "It tastes nice and has a nice texture." A man of few words. But this recipe has his seal of approval.

 A twist on the classic banana bread with a soft inside, crumbly crumb and a subtle nutty flavour, as well as a protein kick from some hemp protein powder | from The Road to Less Cake | #banana #superfood #protein #breadA twist on the classic banana bread with a soft inside, crumbly crumb and a subtle nutty flavour, as well as a protein kick from some hemp protein powder | from The Road to Less Cake | #banana #superfood #protein

The hemp protein powder and the flaxseed gave the banana bread a slightly nutty flavour.

The addition of the hemp and flax also makes this banana bread high in protein, 58 g to be exact if you count the eggs. So that is 7.25 g of protein per slice (if you cut it into eight slices), which can help to keep you fuller for longer.

It is a great breakfast, pre or post workout option or to keep the elevenses or afternoon hunger pangs or sugar cravings at bay.


A twist on the classic banana bread with a soft inside, crumbly crumb and a subtle nutty flavour, as well as a protein kick from some hemp protein powder | from The Road to Less Cake | #banana #superfood #protein #bread

The bread is pretty darn tasty just on its own but it is delicious drizzled with honey or slathered with almond butter.

A twist on the classic banana bread with a soft inside, crumbly crumb and a subtle nutty flavour, as well as a protein kick from some hemp protein powder | from The Road to Less Cake | #banana #superfood #protein #bread

If you make this banana bread, the recipe doesn't make the prettiest of batters, it is quite dark but as they say never judge a book by its cover because it is moreish.

Superfood Protein Banana Bread
A twist on the classic banana bread with a soft inside, crumbly crumb and a subtle nutty flavour, as well as a protein kick from some hemp protein powder | from The Road to Less Cake | #banana #superfood #protein #bread
by Nikki Mitchell
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 - 45 mins
Keywords: bake bread breakfast snack dessert diary-free sugar-free vegetarian banana oats hemp honey cake loaf cake
Ingredients (6 to 8 slices)
  • 1.5 cup (180g) oat flour (oats ground to flour-like consistency)
  • 1/2 cup (60g ) rolled oats
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 scoops hemp protein powder
  • 1/4 cup (30g) milled/ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) clear raw/organic/local honey
  • 2 medium eggs, preferably free-range or organic, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (125 mls) unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tbsps raw organic coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsps baking powder
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
  • In a small bowl mash the bananas with a fork.
  • Mix together the oat flour, rolled oats, hemp protein powder, flaxseed and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
  • Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the mashed banana, almond milk, honey, coconut oil and beaten eggs. Mix everything together thoroughly but don't over work the batter.
  • Pour the mixture into a grease loaf tin or one lined with baking paper and cook for 40 to 45 minutes in the oven until a knife/skewer/pick comes out almost clean.
Powered by Recipage

Have you tried many protein powders?

What is your favourite?

5 comments :

  1. WOah this looks amazing! Love how healthy it is! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yum!! Thanks for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yum, this looks delicious! And it just so happens I have an overflowing bowl full of ripe bananas..

    I'll swap out the eggs for flax eggs to make it vegan, but other than that, I will keep it as is. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm sure flax eggs and maple syrup would work just as well to make it vegan.

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...