Brilliant Buckwheat and Banana Bread Recipe
A seed-like grain; that contrary to its name, is actually gluten and wheat free and comes from a flowering plant related to rhubarb. It is one of the most versatile ingredients in my pantry and one of my most desired. Ground into a flour; it rises and binds better than other gluten free options, goes great in place of rice in hot dishes, but as a raw ingredient; sprouts perfectly for raw salads, bircher muesli, and sprinkled on porridge. If you don't eat oats, then you can use buckwheat exactly the same way to make a protein packed porridge for yourself. For many people with gut issues or IBS, buckwheat when prepared properly sits much better without symptoms.
With a high protein content, this triangular seed packs a fairly decent punch nutritionally. It’s high in fibre for a healthy and active digestive system, is an excellent source of and contributes to a healthy cardiovascular system by being a good source of magnesium, which is required for lowering blood pressure and delivering nutrients through relaxed blood vessels.
Here is our recipe for a healthy banana bread using buckwheat flour, making it gluten free, and rich in protein with eggs and walnuts. It's simple and cheap to make, and once sliced, freezes well for emergency toasted snacks.
Buckwheat banana bread
2 cups buckwheat flour
1 cup desiccated coconut
3 ripe bananas
4 free range eggs
½ cup walnuts
½ cup coconut sugar (optional, using really ripe bananas will mean you don't need this)
2 tbl pumpkin seeds
1 tsp cinnamon (preferrably ceylon over cassia)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1. Mash the ripe bananas with the eggs and whisk for well for one minute, then stir through the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon.
2. In a lined bread tin, pour the mixture and leave in fridge for 20 minutes before baking on 170 degrees Celsius for 20-30 minutes until cooked through and golden brown on top.
3. Serve with organic greek yoghurt or coconut yoghurt and fresh fruit.
We use buckwheat in our supergrain tabouli. You can find more of these delicious whole food products by clicking HERE