A healthier, grain free, sugar free but not taste free carrot cake banana bread!
Because this uses non grain based ingredients it’s also gluten free and can be made vegan too, see notes below.
Gut friendly carrot cake loaf
I used a single ripe banana in this recipe for natural sweetness and moisture plus it also means you don’t need any sugar but as usual you can adapt this to suit your own tastes. I’ve also included some optional additions that are great ingredients to add if you would like to increase gut health. For example, collagen is high in amino acids which are heavily involved in gut cell lining replication and baobab/tigernut flour are prebiotic foods, plus the more you diversify your diet the more diverse your gut will also be.
So the 25th March is national waffle day, hooray!!
I love a waffle and have really got very into them recently as they’re faster to make and don’t require flipping like pancakes which is always a plus.
I dabbled in some flourless/grain free recipes and came up with this one that also happens to be diet friendly and low carb, it can also be used for a savory theme with different toppings, so is very versatile.
Each waffle serving (no toppings) is roughly 141 calories with unsweetened almond milk and less than 5g carbs.
Coconut flour types
I used a coconut flour (reduced fat kind) from Lidl which absorbs more than other flours and is different from regular coconut finely ground so make sure you’re using this brand or another one like Groovy foods from Tesco that binds well or else it won’t hold together. You’ll notice these brands have a fat content lower than 25g per 100g of product showing it’s the fat reduced kind.
This breakfast bread may not sound suitable for brekkie but it is, it even has some sneaky grated veg in there, shhh!
Wholemeal flour, secret veg, healthy fats, no refined sugar, antioxidants and so much more.
You can also adapt this with whatever flavours you like such as your favourite spices or a mix of wholegrain flours to vary up the diet which your gut likes. This can also easily be made vegan so is suitable for most diets and I like to use some pea protein in place of some flour just to mix up the macros in the recipe i.e. more protein to balance out the carbs and keeps your energy stable but if you don’t have this then just use more flour.
A healthy, creamy, dairy free chocolate cream “cheeze” spread, very similar in taste to the choc version Philadelphia came out with a few years ago.
So creamy and feels like a treat on your bread especially when paired with fresh berries.
I also made this healthier by using a choc superfood blend which adds flavour, goodness and sweetness without any nasties or sugar. I highly recommend checking them out (see link below) and getting the pack of 10 sachets if you want to try it out a few times before getting a bigger bag.
Savory, sugar free, Mediterranean scones, these beauties are great for an afternoon tea gathering especially if someone prefers savory over sweet.
These scones are filled with salty olives, sweet sun dried tomatoes, tangy feta and lovely fragrant herbs, plus the lemon zest really lifts up the flavour and cuts through the richness of the other ingredients, I highly recommend adding this in.
Yes you read that right, it’s possible to sneak veg into oats without knowing it, trust me you won’t know its there!
I did this by using a mix of cacao powder and a choc superfood blend for a chocolatey flavour plus the colour covers the courgette so nobody will see it and the bonus is that the water from the veg gets absorbed by the oats meaning it’s not soggy.
This superfood blend is quite sweet which means I didn’t need to add any extra sweetness, so this is sugar free too. I like to top it with berries for a burst of juiciness and some creamy nut butter to finish it off.