Gluten-free Tropical Coconut and Pineapple Banana Bread
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While it is claimed that a Greek man created the first Hawaiian pizza in Ontario Canada in 1962, a combination with dividing opinions; this Greek over here has a winning combination you will LOVE!
Gluten-free with a vegan option; pineapple, coconut and banana all combine to make a tropical paradise of flavours in this loaf recipe.
200g / 3 medium bananas, mashed
200g pineapple, crushed (fresh or canned)
75g coconut nectar syrup (sub maple syrup)
80g coconut oil, melted
1 egg* (sub 1 chia or flax seed egg for vegan)
1 tsp vanilla extract/paste/powder
50g white rice flour*
30g tiger nut flour*
70g tapioca starch*
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate soda
½ tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp shredded coconut, to decorate
Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the back of a fork.
Add in the crushed pineapple, coconut syrup, melted coconut oil, egg, vanilla and whisk well to combine.
In a medium bowl, add in all the dry ingredients, except for the shredded coconut, and mix to combine.
Pour the dry ingredients into the banana mixture and fold until everything is incorporated.
Tip the mixture into a lined loaf tin, and top with the shredded coconut.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 50-55 minutes or until the knife comes out clean.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge or at room temperature. It will keep for 3-4 days.
SERVE THIS WITH.
Whipped double cream or coconut cream
Coconut or vanilla ice-cream
Bananas - contain many essential nutrients, fibre, antioxidants and provide benefits for digestion and heart health. (Source)
Pineapple - are loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes that have anti-inflammatory properties and may boost the immune system. (Source)
Coconut blossom syrup - brings a lovely caramel flavour with a lower GI. (Source)
Coconut oil - is a great source healthy fatty acids which are high in MCTs, (medium-chain triglycerides) and help raise HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood. (Source)
Eggs (organic) - are incredibly nutritious, a great source of protein, healthy fats and they help elevate levels of HDL (the "good") cholesterol, which is linked to a lower risk of many diseases. (Source)
Tiger nut flour - is high fibre and loaded with resistant starch, which feeds your good bacteria = healthy gut. (Source)
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Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.