Paleo banana bread warm from the oven is one of those comforting, homey memories that just brings a smile to your face no matter how old you are. The smell, the taste, the good-natured (or perhaps more Darwinist, in some houses) struggle for the last slice; banana bread is a form of edible magic. Yet for all its charm, it isn’t actually all that good for you in the healthful sense. All the things that make it taste so good are precisely the things that can lead to issues later in life. So what’s to be done? Must we give up all the things we enjoy in a scorched earth approach to good health? Not at all! In fact, you can have your banana bread and eat it, too – all you need is a little ingenuity. Well, that and the Paleo diet. Paleo banana bread recipes open up a whole new world of eating possibilities, letting you enjoy your banana bread without all the baggage of traditional recipes. Why take in loads of refined sugars, starches, fats, and so forth when you don’t have to? That’s what Paleo banana bread frees you from. But why just take it on faith? We’ve got 50 of the best low-carb banana bread recipes for you to try right now. All you have to do is keep reading. Sound good? We thought it might. Let’s begin.
NOTE: Those readers sensitive to nut allergies may wish to substitute the nuts, nut-based flours, and other such ingredients which are found in the following recipes for compatible analogues.
Slim, Scrumptious, and Satisfying: 50 Paleo Banana Bread Recipes to Make Your Mouth Water
1. Chocolate Banana Bread
Lots of dieters resign themselves to giving up “guilty foods” when they start to eat healthy, and the Primal diet is no exception. This choco-licious banana bread, however, is proof positive that you can have your proverbial cake and eat it, too. Low in fat and calories but high in great taste and chocolaty goodness, this is one Paleo banana bread recipe that’s sure to please.
2. Low Carb Sugar-(Almost)-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
This would make a great recipe for diabetics or similar Paleo demographics who still want a great-tasting banana bread when dessert time rolls around. Made with plenty of real bananas to keep the vitamins up and the fat and carbs down, you can afford to toss in a few extra sugar-free chocolate chips – after all, who’s counting?
3. Almond Coconut Banana Bread
This banana bread uses mashed bananas and maple syrup to produce a sweet and moist banana bread; the flours used – flax, almond, and coconut – provide a non-traditional, healthful base. By the way, if you’re looking for Paleo foods that happen to be sugar-free (in the traditional sense of the word), this recipe is for you!
4. Cherry-Zucchini Banana Bread
It might sound like an odd combo at first, but this Cherry-Zucchini Paleo Banana Bread will put a zing in your mouth and a smile on your face. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and Paleo-certified, the only danger to your waistline with this Paleo banana bread recipe is eating the entire loaf in one sitting!
5. Paleo Banana Bread
This banana bread actually comes out as more of a sort of healthy banana muffin-esque thing than proper banana bread. It’s super dense, cakey, and lends itself well to light toasting (in a skillet). Just make sure you use very finely ground flour, or it’ll fall apart like a badly-built sand castle.
6. Gluten-Free Bailey’s Banana Bread
This is a Paleo diet recipe for the adventurous at heart. Full of exotic nut flours and other such ingredients, including Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, this will make a great bit of brunch or breakfast nosh over coffee, chit-chat, and a book or newspaper.
7. Slow Cooker Paleo Banana Bread With A Mocha Swirl
It’s got chocolate, it’s got coffee, it’s got maple syrup and cinnamon and more bananas than you can shake a chimpanzee at – and you can even make it vegan with a couple astute substitutions. This set-and-forget recipe for Slow Cooker Paleo Banana Bread With A Mocha Swirl is just one more notch in the belt of Crock Pots everywhere – because really, is there anything they can’t do?
8. Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread
If the title of this recipe doesn’t have your mouth watering, you may have something wrong with you. It’s everything a great loaf of banana bread should be – moist, tender, and delicious on the inside, bursting with chocolate and banana flavors, and wrapped in a crust with just the right amount of crunch. Oh, and it’s healthy in the bargain. What more could you ask for?
9. Paleo Almond Banana Bread
Another banana bread that straddles the line, somehow, between health food and cake, this Paleo Almond Banana Bread is a testament to the power of all-natural ingredients. Pulling its considerable moisture and sweetness from nothing but honey and bananas (unless you use the non-Primal turbinado sugar that’s offered as an option at the end), the secret ingredient is probably the coconut oil. Dense, dark, and delicious, this one’s a treat.
10. Banana Bread Muffins
A twist on the recipes featured so far, these little muffins are just a bite-sized take on the classic Paleo banana bread loaf. Paleo foods offer tons of room for experimentation and customization, and these muffins prove that point with a delicious exclamation point. By the way, you can’t ask for a better housewarming gift than this, so bake an extra batch for the neighbors, and share them around!