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Chia and Date Buckwheat Banana Bread

By Wednesday, June 18, 2014 , , , ,



This new banana bread recipe is almost like a giant buckwheat pancake baked in loaf form. It's incredibly moist and gooey because of the bananas and it's also nice and sweet, and yet the bananas are the only sweetener! So this banana bread is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free and sugar free. And yet it tastes incredible. How?!

The secret is to have really, really ripe bananas. I'm talking black skins and going mushy sort of bananas. The ones that make your kitchen smell like bananas. I usually try and pick up all the spare over ripe bananas from the supermarket that no one wants and some places will even sell them for cheap when they're overripe, just ask your local supermarket!

You will need:

1 cup buckwheat flour (140g)
1 cup brown rice flour (150g)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 tbsps chia seeds mixed with 1/2 cup water and left to 'gel up' for 15 minutes
1/2 cup non dairy milk (I used almond milk)
1/2 cup chopped dates (These don't have to be expensive medjool dates, the cheaper ones work fine!)
5 super ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 180C and grease a 1lb bread tin (medium sized) with coconut oil to prevent the banana bread from sticking. Sift the flours and baking powder/soda in a large bowl and add in the mashed banana, almond milk and the chia seed mixture. Mix well, then gently stir in the vanilla extract and chopped dates. Pour into the greased baking tin and bake for 45-60 minutes, depending on how powerful your oven is. You want it lightly browned on top and when you stick a cake tester in, it should come out clean, with no dough sticking to it.

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20 comments

  1. could i substitute the buckwheat and brown rice flour for whole wheat flour if i'm all out? also how many eggs does the chia replace?

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    1. I don't think that would work sorry, that would completely change the recipe! I made this recipe up to be gluten free and vegan and if you changed those aspects it probably wouldn't work. You'd be best off finding a non vegan and non gluten free recipe if you wanted to use wholewheat flour and eggs :)

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    2. Thanks, i think it would work, i'll try it with yeast and i'll let you know how it turned out :)

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  2. Wow this recipe is soooo healthy omg! Have to make this right away! Question-i wanna make it today but i dont have baking powder and baking soda at home. Can i replace them both with yeast? Thanks so much ❤️

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    1. I don't actually know, sorry, I've never tried it with yeast. I suppose it would, but you'd need to change some things, such as mixing the yeast with hot water and leaving the unbaked loaf in a warm place to rise before baking

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  3. I know the chia seeds are necessary for the right consistency but do you think flax-eggs would be a passable alternative? thanks so much

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  4. also are there no oils involved? my mixture feels quite dough-y so i added more liquid but im worried it may be a little dry -any tips?

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    1. Just follow the recipe exactly and it will work out! :)

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    2. I did and it was so good! I'm making another loaf today with maca added :)

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  5. I love Banana Bread! This recipe looks so moist, and will try it as soon as I find ripe bananas :))

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  6. do you have any suggestions on what i could substitute the brown rice flour with?i can't find it anywhere near me:) this looks delicious!:)

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  7. I can't find any buckwheat and brown rice flour in supermarket T.T

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  8. Ok, i will check. Thx. Btw... sorry to ask, as i am on diet and hope to eat more healthy. But i know u can't eat wheat. So, if i can eat dairy and wheat product. Do i still need to eat gluten free dairy free? Is this more healthy? Or i can just make banana cake with normal milk, egg, but without sugar? Sorry to ask... as i am a bit confussing as most blogger recommended dairy free gluten free food

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  9. White rice flour okay for this recipe alone (no brown rice flour or buckwheat flour)

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    1. A blend of flours works best for baking gluten free! Maybe try white rice flour and another?

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  10. Does this freeze well? Thanks

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  11. Good tips. I should try using chia seeds and almond milk next time. I have previously tried steaming the bread to make it more moist and using buckwheat+flaxseed powder meal mix for added fibre and omega 3. You can have a look at this in my blog:
    http://miss2mrschic.blogspot.com/2014/11/healthy-banana-walnut-raisins-bread.html

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