Who else is Quarantine Baking? I know I have been baking a lot more than I usually would be! I wanted to offer up a classic but healthified recipe. I love taking our faves from childhood and swapping in healthier ingredients, but of course, it still has to DELICIOUS!
I am using buckwheat flour and oat flour in this recipe. You can easily make both of these flours! And the best part, you don’t have to hit up five different grocery stores looking for flour!
The reasons I love these flours are that they are full of flavour, fiber, and still contain essential nutrients as they are not overly processed and stripped all their goodness.
Buckwheat can be purchased ready to use. Bob’s Red Mills has one. It is a darker flour in color. It is gluten-free, high in fiber, and has a deliciously rich, nutty, slightly earthy flavour, giving your baking more complexity and taste.
The oat flour balances very nicely with buckwheat, as it is lighter in taste. Benefits include, gluten-free (be sure to purchase oats made in a gluten-free facility if celiac), high fiber as well, rich in vitamins and minerals, and is excellent for lowering cholesterol and balancing blood sugar.
To make both of these flours, all you need is a good blender or food processor. Add the appropriate amount of each (separately) and blend till fine. When using in a recipe, be sure to measure the finished ground flour.
Here is my favourite banana bread recipe; it is:
This recipe can be made into muffins as well!
(TIP- if using store-bought buckwheat flour, use 1 and 1/4 cup of the store-bought flour. If making your flour, use 1 and 1/2 cups of homemade flour)
Dreamy Banana Bread (or muffins)
1 to 1 1/4 cups – buckwheat flour
1 1/4 cups – oat flour
2.5 tsp – baking powder
1.5 tsp – baking soda
3 tsp – cinnamon
1/8 tsp – cloves (can skip)
3 large bananas mashed
1/2 cup nut or seed or oat milk
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2-3/4 cup-chocolate chips (optional)
Other mix-ins if you want- walnuts, pecans, seeds, etc
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix all the dry.
Then mix all wet, add to dry ingredients.
Stir in chocolate chips and other mix-ins if using.
Mix well, pour in a loaf pan (or a muffin tin)
Bake for approximately 45-50 mins, for a loaf. For muffins, 23-25 mins. Until toothpick comes out clean when tested.
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Michelle Vysohlid – Holistic Nutritionist