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Healthy Banana Oatmeal Bread

Looking for a healthy treat that is as yummy as it is healthy?  Well, you have come to the right place, my friend!  This banana bread is made without any flour, dairy, oil or sugar. I took a basic banana bread recipe and started playing around with it, to see if I could make a much healthier version. I replaced the flour with rolled oats, ground flax and coconut, and completely omitted the sugar. The only sweetener in this recipe comes naturally from the sweet potato and banana. I also added 1/2 cup of raisins to this loaf. I was a little worried that this was going to be a huge disaster, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well this turned out. 

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Bread

1 cup pureed, cooked sweet potato
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups (large flake) rolled oats 
1/4 cup golden flax meal
1/2 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon

*Optional : 1/2 cup - chocolate chips
                                - raisins or other dried fruit
                                - chopped nuts

*Optional : 1/4 - 1/2 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 F. Pulse rolled oats in a food processor until it becomes the texture of whole wheat flour. Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Stir just until all ingredients are incorporated. Pour into a  standard size, greased loaf pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Let cool completely before slicing. 

Tags: Healthy, Gluten-Free, Breakfast

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