Delicious no sugar added banana bread which is gluten free and diabetic friendly too. You won’t miss any sugar in this recipe.
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For the last month my hubby has been participating in the Glucerna® 3-Month Challenge. He has been enjoying Glucerna® HungerSmart™ Shakes and Glucerna® Mini Snacks throughout the day. Not only is he feeling better, but he has increased energy throughout the day. His fasting blood glucose is in the range of 85-90.
Today I am sharing my No-Sugar Added Banana Bread recipe that is perfect for diabetics. Living with diabetes does not mean you have to sacrifice taste. You can have everything in moderation, and also make ingredient changes to accommodate your body’s needs.
For a month my hubby has included a Glucerna® HungerSmart™ Shakes or Glucerna® Mini Snacks for his afternoon snack. Glucerna® Mini Snacks taste great and are loaded with nutrition! With just 80 calories and 21 essential vitamins and minerals, they contain a blend of low glycemic carbohydrates. Each Glucerna® Mini Snack has 3 grams of protein to help manage hunger. Plus, they feature CARBSTEADY® which is scientifically formulated to help minimize blood sugar spikes*. They also provide a good source of fiber* to help support digestive tract health, and are an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins C and E. Taking this Glucerna® challenge and using these Glucerna® products has really helped better manage my husband’s diet and keep his numbers steady!
You can get Glucerna® Mini Snacks from the diabetic supplies aisle of Walmart. They are available in 3 different flavors: Chocolate Caramel, Chocolate Peanut and Oatmeal Raisins, and all are delicious according to my hubby.
My hubby’s morning starts with bowl of oatmeal and dry fruit and nuts. Lunch includes low glycemic index rice, veggies as sides. Dinner is whole wheat bread, vegetable salad with carrot, avocado, lettuce, cherry tomato and kale. He also usually has curried lentils, which provides his protein portion. A small green apple or a pear are his dessert choices. His exercise routine includes walking 5,300 steps every day.
He loves banana bread, it is first dish he wanted me to learn to bake after our marriage. This recipe is adapted from a friend’s wife. At that time he was not diagnosed with diabetes (it developed after a year of marriage). He was so upset about losing his banana bread so I decided to make a healthier version of it. Yes, you can still eat bananas — even if you have diabetes. Bananas are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, but they do contain carbohydrates. In fact, all fruit has some carbohydrate, so you need to count them in your diabetes meal plan.
So I decided to try making this dessert with various ingredients, and finally perfected this No-Sugar Added Banana Bread. The only sugar in this bread is the natural sugar present in the banana. For this recipe version, I have incorporated almond meal which contains less carbohydrates than other flours. Flax seed meal was also added as it contains zero carbohydrates and is diabetic-friendly.
I wanted banana bread that looks like a real deal, otherwise it won’t pass hubby’s taste test. I used coconut oil, egg and yogurt to make it soft. These are delicious additions which make this gluten-free bread a must-try. This recipe is diabetic friendly; however contact your physician or nutritionist before making any changes in your diet plan*. *As blood glucose responses can vary from person to person. Be aware that you may need to make adjustments to the portion size you eat depending on your how your blood glucose responds to eating bananas or other types of fruit.
Are you ready to make this no sugar added banana bread? Here is what you’ll need:
Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon in a large bowl then add almond meal .To this mixture, add flax seed meal and mix everything.
In another bowl add coconut oil, then add, egg, yogurt and vanilla.
Add coconut oil mixture into the flour mixture and mix well.
Then, add mashed banana mixture and mix until everything is combined well.
Add crushed walnuts and mix well once again.Transfer the batter to baking pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
No sugar added banana bread
- 4 medium overripe bananas, previously frozen and defrosted (fresh)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil or other neutral-flavored oil
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free all-purpose baking flour
- ¼ cup almond meal
- 2 tablespoon flaxseed meal
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoon yogurt I used homemade fat free yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup walnut pieces
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or spray it with a nonstick baking spray and line with parchment paper for extra safety.
- Mash bananas in a large bowl.
- Roast the walnut in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes and crush them into small pieces and set aside.
- Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon in a large bowl then add almond meal .To this mixture, add flax seed meal and mix everything.
- In another bowl add coconut oil, then add, egg, yogurt and vanilla.
- Add coconut oil mixture into the flour mixture and mix well.
- Then, add mashed banana mixture and mix until everything is combined well.
- Add crushed walnuts and mix well once again.
- Transfer the batter to baking pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- If you have any leftovers, this banana bread can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days by wrapping them with foil.
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*Use under medical supervision. Do consult with your healthcare provider or nutritionist regarding which diet / lifestyle is appropriate for your condition.
*Compared to high glycemic carbohydrates.1
This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.