This delicious low carb banana bread uses real fruit for authentic flavor in a moderate amount to keep carbs low. Each slice only has about 8 grams of net carbs.
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Since developing this super popular and very easy basic quick bread recipe, we have been enjoying all kinds of keto approved breads. But until now, no banana nut bread.
After all, who would expect bananas to be enjoyed on the keto diet? Everyone who’s been around keto for a minute knows that they’re generally considered a very big no-no.
But banana bread is so yummy. Moist, sweet, a little crunchy when you add in walnuts…it’s like eating dessert for breakfast or a snack. There simply had to be a way to enjoy it even while eating low carb!
Is There Such A Thing As Keto Banana Bread?
A lot of keto dieters are under the impression that bananas are off limits and the only way to enjoy a slice of low carb banana bread is to rely on extracts which never taste quite as good as the real deal.
But that’s not true.
Authentic banana bread needs a banana and you can still enjoy it and stay low carb. Using a real banana gives you that classic banana bread experience in taste as well as texture.
But many people get hung up asking, “Do bananas have carbs?” or wondering if the net carbs in banana will fit into their daily macros. Let’s take a look…
How Many Carbs Does A Banana Have?
A medium banana has about 29g carbs. While this is clearly too many carbs to have as a keto snack when you’re eating low carb and trying to lose weight, it’s not bad when you add it to a larger recipe.
Adding a banana of these to the basic quick bread recipe adds less than 2g carbs per slice, which is totally doable!
After all, you’re not eating the whole loaf so while there are a lot of carbohydrates in banana, you can still enjoy the taste of it spread out through an entire recipe of gluten free keto quick bread.
Nutritional Benefits of Banana
- High in fiber. As noted above, fibre helps to promote a healthy digestive system and can aid in regulating blood sugar levels.
- Good source of potassium. Bananas are a great dietary source of potassium, which we all know is important for our electrolyte balance.
- Rich in vitamins, including vitamins B6 and C.
Tips For Making The Best Low Carb Banana Bread
If you’ve ever made it before, you know that baking banana bread can be tricky. It always seems like the time needed to fully bake the batter is so long that the outside tends to burn (or at least get way too brown) before its done.
This can really detract from the rich sweetness of the banana flavor, so you want to avoid it happening. The trick is to turn down the oven temperature a little and bake it for just a little bit longer.
Don’t be surprised if you need more time in the oven than the recipe calls for. Simply keep the low carb banana bread in until it passes the toothpick test and no longer has any soft areas.
If you want it to cook up faster, Another option is making banana muffins with a mix of almond flour and oat fiber. Mmmm. They are so good!
They also make the cooking time a lot shorter (and -bonus- offers you built in portion control!). Consider mini muffins, too. It’s fun to have a basket of them out for company to to enjoy when you’re ready for a treat.
How to Serve The Bread
This is a wonderful recipe to make for your friends who are still on a high carb diet, too. They’ll never know it’s a low carb banana bread. And maybe you can even win them over to eating better when they realize how delicious the food is!
The moistness of the quick bread and the rich flavors of the banana and walnuts together make this a marvelous dessert or a great breakfast with your favorite cup of coffee.
You can enjoy it hot if you like, but be aware that it will be extra crumbly. To serve it for company, let it cool completely first. That’s another reason to make it up as mini muffins – you can sneak one right out of the oven and save the rest for later without making extra crumbles.
How To Store The Bread
One of the great things about this quick bread is that you can make it up ahead of time. Simply let it cool completely before storing it.
After it cools, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container. It will keep at room temperature for a day or two, but it’s better kept in the fridge.
If you keep it in the refrigerator, be sure to wrap it well and keep it airtight so it doesn’t get soggy. It will last 3-5 days without issue.
You can also make your keto banana bread up ahead of time and freeze it. Simply wrap your cooled loaves with plastic wrap and keep in your favorite freezer containers. To serve, thaw them out the night before in the fridge.
Making Allergen Friendly Low Carb Banana Bread
If you’re allergic to nuts or dislike them, simply leave the chopped walnuts out.
While they provide additional protein and nutrition, there’s no need to include them if you don’t enjoy the taste or can’t safely enjoy them!
I’d like to thank Slate Plate for the beautiful slate serving tray featured in the photo. If you’d like one for yourself, check them out at SlatePlate.com.
Low Carb Banana Bread Recipe
Do you prefer low carb banana recipes that use banana extract flavoring or real fruit? I think some recipes, like bread, really need the fruit for the best taste and texture.
However, if you’re really craving banana bread and are opposed to those added carbs, you can always make this coconut flour banana bread. It really is quite good and will do the trick!
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Low Carb Banana Bread
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- 1 medium banana mashed
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil liquified
- 6 eggs see note
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum optional
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon stevia concentrated powder or 1/2 teaspoon monk fruit 50% extract powder
- 1/2 cup low carb sugar substitute
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- In medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients (almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, salt, stevia, erythritol, and baking powder).
- Set aside.
- Add mashed banana, butter, coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla extract into a food processor.
- Process until well blended. Add dry ingredients and process until uniform batter is formed.
- Mix in chopped walnuts.
- Pour batter into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
- Bake at 325F for 70-75 minutes or until top is browned and toothpick inserted comes out dry.
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