The best banana bread in my world ... is a great way to use up the kefir cheese you end up with when making kefir whey for fermenting foods.
1 cup dates
1/2 cup warm water
2 ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup kefir cheese / ricotta or natural yoghurt
1 1/2 cups wholemeal or spelt flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp dried coconut
You can find the recipe for kefir cheese on our really useful recipe page.
Start by putting the dates in a bowl and adding the warm water. Do this about 10 minutes before you start cooking. After 10 minutes put the dates and water in a liquidiser or blender (I used my smoothie maker!) and pulse until it is mostly smooth.
Put the pureed dates, banana, egg and kefir cheese in to a bowl and mix well using a good, old fashioned wooden spoon. Sift over the flour, baking soda and salt. Tip in any left over wholemeal flour grits. Mix until just combined. Sprinkle the coconut over the top. Bake in a 180 degrees C oven in a loaf tin or slice tin for about 30 minutes, until a knife comes out clean. Cool on a rack and slice in to about 20 pieces.
15g Carbohydrate per slice (Low GI)
Egg allergy? Substitute 1 egg for 1/2 cup pureed apple or 1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 1/2 cup warm water for 10 minutes
Gluten free? Use 1 cup gluten free flour and 1/2 cup nut flour. Add extra 1/4 cup kefir cheese if needed
Salicylate issues? Use 1 cup pear puree instead of pureed dates. If not sweet enough, add 2 tbsp pear concentrate. Leave off the coconut on top
Amine issues? Use 1 cup pear puree instead of pureed dates. If not sweet enough add 2 tbsp pear concentrate. Instead of using bananas use 1 cup chopped canned apples. Leave off the coconut on top.
FODMAP? This recipes can be used as it is unless you react to fructans (wheat), in which case follow the gluten free advice. If you react to lactose then use kefir cheese.
Katrina Pace, Dietitian
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