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Up until last year I always proclaimed that summer was my favorite season. I do LOVE the long sunny warm days summer has to offer. But Fall has won me over. One reason being is that fall represents gratitude. How so? Because it’s the time of year where the harvest is full representing the abundance Mother Nature has to offer. What better way to bring in the harvest season than with warm sweet banana bread.
Pre vegan I never ate banana bread. In fact it was my baby sister who bugged me into making it. “Gina I have very ripe bananas can you make some banana bread for me, please!?” Being the awesome big sister I am I agreed so you gals and guys have my sister to thank for recipe. What make this vegan banana bread special is the use of spelt flour and Karuna’s Divine Three Drink.
Karuna’s Divine Three Blend (High Protein and Complex Carbohydrate)
I like to consume Karuna’s Divine Three Drink during an during a HITT cardio session to keep me fueled throughout the intense workout. It contains a good source of protein and carbohydrates two key components in recovering in any workout. Karuna Drinks always come with integrity in their drinks meaning the nutrition is bioavailable for absorption and ethnically sourced; friendly on the environment. The two main ingredients are black soybeans and quinoa flour.
- Black Soybeans: You probably are familiar with soybeans but never heard of black soybeans before. Black soybeans are much harder to find. The bean is native to China, organically grown, and GMO free. (Source: Very Well All About Black Soy Beans) Outside it’s rich protein content, black soybeans are also a good source of complex carbohydrates and low in fat. Because of it’s black color, it’s an indicator that it contains a high amount of antioxidants (Source: Karuna Fuel)
- Quinoa Flour: Quinoa is a seed that is eaten as a grain. Because it is not a grain it’s naturally free from gluten and great for those who might be sensitive in digesting grains. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids (plant based protein power!!)
Curve Building Spelt Flour
Spelt flour is considered an ancient grain believe to have been first used over 7,000 years ago (Source: 8 Surprising Benefits of Spelt) It’s my favorite grain to use for baking because of it’s nutty texture and earthy flavor. Spelt is a very popular staple among Alkaline/Plant Based Vegans. Spelt does contain gluten but in lower amounts. Still if you have a serious gluten intolerance or Celic disease, it’s best to avoid all together. Some other benefits include:
- It’s a healthy complex carbohydrate and a great source of plant based protein (amino acids).
- Rich in minerals like zinc, iron, copper, and magnesium.
- Because of its high iron and copper levels, eating spelt benefits blood circulation.
- Spelth has a high content of fiber so it can aid in healthy digestion.
Use RIPE Bananas!
Make sure your bananas are really really REALLY ripe. The riper the bananas, the more banana flavor you will have and the easier it will be to mash. So don’t throw out those old bananas! Let them get good and brown! Eat this banana bread for breakfast with almond butter and hot cocoa, or serve as a quick protein, complex carb fueled snack in between lunch and dinner.
Thank you Karuna Drinks for helping me bring this recipe to life!
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Divine Spelt Banana Bread
- Dry ingredients
- 2 cups spelt flour
- 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
- 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Wet ingrediants
- 1 tsp of Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider vingear
- 4 tbsp of butter melted
- 1/2 cup of Karuna Divine 3 Drink
- 1 tbsp of lemon
- 3 bananas really ripe
- Other Optional Ingrediants
- 1/2 cup of raisins and/or walnuts
Preheat oven to 350F.
Lightly grease the bottom of a 9 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl stiff together all of your dry ingredients; spelt flour, organic cane sugar, cinnamon powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In another large bowl, mash the banana until almost smooth. Stir the wet ingredients (Karuna's Divine Three Drink, apple cider vinegar, melted butter, and lemon juice) into the banana until combined.
Add dry mixture to wet and stir until fully combined leaving no dry flour in the bowl. DO NOT OVER MIX.
Optional: Gently fold your choices of nuts and/or dried fruit. (or you can totally skip this option)
Pour into your prepared 9 inch pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the loaf comes out mostly clean. It should have a lightly golden firm top on the top of the bread
Allow your loaf to cool for 15 minutes in loaf pan. Then flip loaf out onto a wire rack and cool completely for about 30 minutes.
The loaf will keep in the refrigerator for about 4-5 days or you can freeze it for up to 5 weeks. With either storage method be sure to wrap it tightly.
*You can swap out vegan butter for coconut oil.
**Though the Karuna's Divine Three Drink gives a nutritional boost and flavor profile I love, if you don't have access to Karuna Divine Three Drink use your favorite plant based milk. (Karuna's is expanding to more regions and with new product launch! I will keep you updated on that!)
***You can use cocnonut sugar if you desire. Not sure how it would work with a natural liquid sweetner. Coconut sugar is not as sweet as organic cane sugar so you might have to add more. I love stevia powder in teas but have never utilizlized in my baking. Some have reported an after taste in using stevia powder so for those reasons I do not recommend it for this recipe.
****You can use any type of flour you desire. Coconut flour however I would caution against in vegan baking. Coconut flour tends to work better when an egg is involved. The texture can be too gritty without it. I have yet to be successful in using coconut flour in my vegan baking but if you want to give it a go be my guest!
IF YOU LOVE THIS RECIPE: You might enjoy the other fall inspired breakfast recipes like the PECAN CRANBERRY GRANOLA.
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