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For the longest time, I thought that creating a low carb banana bread recipe was unlikely. Or, more accurately, I figured it wouldn’t taste much like actual banana bread. I thought I may be able to do it by using a small amount of banana, but using enough bananas to give it that “banana bread” flavor would make it too starchy.
Then, a couple weeks ago, the answer to sugar-free banana bread dawned on me. Banana extract! You guys, this is like the best stuff ever if you’ve been missing banana bread.
Extracts are the secret ingredient to make almost any high-sugar or high-carb food possible again on a sugar-free or low carb diet. The more of them I try, the more convinced of this I get. And just to clarify, I’m not talking about those artificial “imitation” extracts. You do not want those! Invest in a real extract and it’ll last pretty much forever. (This site has a good reference listed for this information, but I also know from experience. I’ve kept some of the more rarely used extracts myself for years without a problem.)
If you haven’t branched out to other extracts beyond classic vanilla, you’ll want to do it for this sugar-free banana bread recipe. The banana extract makes it taste exactly like real banana bread! It’s the difference between a regular quick bread and a deliciously moist, flavorful low carb banana bread.
I’ve made this sugar-free banana bread recipe a couple of times already. That’s saying a lot, because the first time I tried it was just December of this year! And, as I’ve mentioned before, as a food blogger I’m more likely to try new recipes than repeat existing ones. This was an exception.
In fact, this low carb banana bread with almond flour and coconut flour has become one of my breakfast favorites. With a hot cup of coffee, it’s hard to beat. It’s such a satisfying, filling way to start the day with protein and healthy fats.
By the way, in case you’re still looking for ideas to add to your holiday table, this sugar-free banana bread recipe would fit right in. It makes a perfect addition that everyone will love! I’ve shared it with a few people already – including those that don’t usually eat low carb or sugar-free foods – and got a very positive response. No one could tell that it’s low carb, paleo, gluten-free, and sugar-free.
My husband commented, “you can really taste the banana in there!” I laughed a little at that one, because of course there isn’t any. I did say that the banana extract makes all the difference, right?
Low Carb Banana Bread Recipe (Paleo, Gluten-free, Sugar-free):
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