Gluten Free Spiced Pear & Banana Loaf

spiced pear and banana loaflove finding super ripe bananas in my fruit bowl. It means two things:

1. I found enough willpower in me to not eat the bananas before they got to that stage

2. Baked goods. Delicious, baked goods.

It doesn’t matter how much course work I’ve got on my plate, I always seem to find the time to bake something. In fact, I probably bake more. I like to call it procrastibaking. Then again, who wouldn’t prefer to bake over typing up case studies, am I right?

When I found the ripe bananas yesterday, I also saw a really ripe pear sitting next to it just asking to be baked too. I couldn’t say no. They made such a great pear. (I’m sorry, I had to!).1I also threw in a couple of random things that aren’t usually in a banana bread:

Psyllium husk: a really great source of soluble fibre helping to promote healthy digestion.

Chia seeds: also a really great source of fibre, protein and the essential fatty acid Omega 3 which supports good brain function, heart health and is an anti-inflammatory.2 3 4 511As well being good for me, it tasted bloody brilliant too. And that’s just as important in my opinion! It was sweet, moist (anybody else cringe at that word sometimes?) and really good grilled/heated up and topped with nut butter or tahini, local + raw honey, more chia seeds and pepitas. Which is exactly how I had it today for breakfast!8It was filling, and kept me going all morning. Which was handy because I was so busy cleaning and organising the apartment. It’s Jared’s birthday on Monday, but we’re having a party this Saturday for it. I’m so excited/nervous! There’s a lot to get done between now and then with regards to buying, prepping and cooking the food, but at least the place is clean! And it better stay that way until Saturday (yes, I’m looking at you Jared, if you’re secretly reading this post). I think I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s a Tiki themed party and I’ve got so many delicious food and drink ideas planned! Don’t worry, I will definitely post all about it!

Hope your hump day is going well, and if it’s not, go and make this loaf and pour yourself a cuppa. You deserve it!

Laura x

Spiced Pear & Banana Loaf
A sweet, moist and lightly spiced gluten free pear and banana loaf packed full of goodness!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Wet ingredients
  1. 3 really ripe bananas
  2. 1 organic egg
  3. 1/3 cup unsweetened greek or natural yoghurt
  4. 2 tablespoons honey
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil*
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Dry Ingredients
  1. 1 and 1/2 cups unblanched almond meal
  2. 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 2 tablespoons psyllium husk
  6. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Other
  1. 1 pear, cored and cut into slices
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to Mash bananas in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Add all other wet ingredients to the banana and mix well.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients.
  5. Stir until well combined.
  6. Pour into a greased and lined loaf tin and smooth top over.
  7. Arrange pear slices over the top of the loaf. (You may have some leftover, depending how big your pear is).
  8. Bake for one hour or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
Notes
  1. * You can also use coconut oil instead.
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