Recipe: Funky monkey banana bread (grain/dairy/sugar-free)

I stole borrowed this recipe from Robb Wolf and made some changes to it to lower the sugar and fat content, and then gave it a snazzy new name.
I’ve recently gotten some questions lately asking why I use egg whites and omit the egg yolk. Here’s the deal – yes, free range, organic egg yolks are chock full of amazing nutrients and precious fat… however, a fat is still a fat and when you have physique goals there can easily be too much of a good thing. Read up on this exact topic here from my dear friend and fellow Girls Gone Strong co-founder Neghar Fonooni.

What’s that smeared on top you ask? Oh, just peanut butter…

Funky Monkey banana bread (Gluten/grain/sugar/dairy-free)

2 cups almond flour or almond meal (I used almond meal)
1/4 cup flaxseed meal (grind it fresh for bonus points)
1 TBSP cinnamon
4 packets of Stevia (I don’t like my stuff really sweet, so more or less.)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup (225g) of really ripe mashed up banana
4 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
** Optional: dark chocolate chips, chopped walnuts or pecans, or whatever else makes your monkey the funkiest. I used dark choco chips.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease two mini loaf pans (5.75 x 3.25 x 2.25) or a muffin tin.

In one bowl, mix together all wet ingredients.
In another bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.
Dump the wet stuff into the dry stuff and mix.

Spoon the batter into the two greased mini loaf pans or into a muffin tin that holds 12.

Throw it into the oven and bake for 23 – 25 minutes for muffins, or 25 – 27 minutes for mini loaves, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove. Cool. Slice. Top with nut butter, real butter, coconut butter, or whatever you want.

Macros are for the batter without chocolate chips, nuts, or any of the optional extras

Servings: 12
Per serving:
Protein: 6
Fat: 10
Carb: 8
Fiber: 3
Calories: 150ish

Don’t get crazy about the macros. To be enjoyed occasionally and in moderation, of course.

Have you tried these grain-free chocolate choco chip cookies,
or this individual brownie that you can make in under 5 minutes with the microwave?

Drop me a line below and let me know how your banana bread turns out!


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    Laurie Poole
    April 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I made this…it's great. I left a comment on your FB page! I plugged the ingredients into Spark and saved it to my recipe box…gave you the credit of course! Thanks for sharing!

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    April 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Jen, this is too funny! I just made a killer cinnamon raisin (grain free) bread over the weekend that I am sharing on my blog today! Sometimes I think we are the kindred spirits of clean baking :).

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    Jen Comas Keck
    April 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Oh I can't wait to check it out! Great minds, baybeeee! We should do our own e-cook book!

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    Jen Comas Keck
    April 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I'm so glad you liked it! This is definitely one of our new favorite recipes!

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    April 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Wondering what the Flaxseed meal does for the bread? I have never used it before in my baking.

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    April 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    WOWZA I will enjoy that 🙂 in moderationof course…love the looks of these!!

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    Jen Comas Keck
    April 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Good question. Robb Wolf had flax seed in his bread so I kept in in there. It adds a healthy dose of fiber and omega-3's, but from a baking standpoint I'm guessing it acts as a binder. I know you can sub ground flax soaked in water as a substitute for eggs, so maybe it's a binding agent?
    I'm pretty much guessing at this point. 🙂

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    Jen Comas Keck
    April 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

    It is SO good. I'm 100% convinced that I could make this and fool my family. They'd have no clue that it doesn't have wheat, sugar, or butter in it. So good!

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    April 10, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Nice recipe. This is my all-time favorite. But when I entered a weight-management program, I was really worried about the calories. But I think this wouldn't hurt that much.

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    April 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Am just starting to venture into clean cooking/gluten/dairy free recipes. Had a baking party with my girlfriends this weekend and made these as muffins with dark choco chips and walnuts. Absolutely delicious and enjoyed by all who tried them!! Am excited to continue experimenting 🙂

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    Jen Comas Keck
    April 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Tabby!
    This bread is definitely a clean treat, so if eaten on occasion and in moderation, it should be just fine 🙂

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    Jen Comas Keck
    April 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I'm so glad you liked it! Adding walnuts sounds delicious!

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    July 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    How many bananas do you use to get 1 cup? I don't even typically eat fruit on my low carb diet BUT if it is like 2 bananas split over 12 servings I think I will be ok as a treat. Does it freeze well?


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    Jen Comas Keck
    July 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Nicole! You can't really measure this out per banana since they vary wildly in size. If you have a food scale, it's about 225g of banana. For some reason I'm thinking it was around 2 medium sized bananas, but don't take my word for that 😉

    I haven't tried freezing it – it never lasts that long in our house. It's THAT good!

    If you do freeze it, I'd love to hear how it is after it is thawed back out!

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    August 1, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I'll be sure to try this recipe out, I hope that my kids will love it. Thanks.

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    Jen Comas Keck
    August 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I can almost guarantee that they will love it – especially if you add a sprinkling of chocolate chips or a smear of peanut butter! 😉 Enjoy!

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    September 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Hey Chica!! So my hubby was diagnosed with MS last November and he has been Trying to eliminate all gluten, grains, ect. Kind of a take on paleo, they say all that junk is so bad for auto immune diseases. I saw you FB post on all your recipes and I just tried this today!! AMAZING! My 2.5 yr old helped make them and can't stop eating them! I also love your choc cookies! Keep them coming!!

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    Jen Comas Keck
    September 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Yes, eliminating those things are a great move for people suffering from auto immune disorders.

    So glad you like the recipes! I friggin' LOVE this banana bread. It's a favorite of ours!

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    Joan M Bunney
    February 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I eat Paleo, this recipe is purrfect for me. I'm going to replace the Stevia with a half cup of my date mixture (2 cups pitted dates in pan, cover with boiling water, let sit overnight in frig, next day add 1 tsp vanilla, put in food processor, puree). Cutting wheat, dairy, soy out of my diet changed my life. Love your blog.
    PS: Banana Bread freezes beautifully. Been doing that for decades.

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