Up until now, I had never used almond flour despite seeing so many recipes containing this low carb and GI, high protein and fibre, gluten-free substitute. Thanks to the lovely lot at Sukrin, part of my package included a pouch of their fat-reduced almond flour made from cold-pressed raw whole almonds from Spain, and I couldn’t wait to get experimenting!
A healthy, paleo friendly alternative to wheat flour and a lower fat/calorie replacement for ground almonds in baking and cooking, what’s great about this type of flour is that it is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is also very versatile and can be used in numerous recipes – just make sure you either use 50-60% less than the original amount of flour, or increase the amount of liquid in the recipe as almond flour tends to soak up more liquid. I personally found it so nice to use and will incorporate it more in future recipes!
So, onto my recipe. Seven ingredients, all pretty healthy, combining together to make this absolutely delicious, single-serve chocolatey banana loaf with hints of coffee and almond…wow. Ideal for a substantial snack, to satisfy a sweet tooth for dessert, or as a weekend breakfast. Simple, quick and so easy to make, I’m already planning when I’ll next be knocking this up!
- ½ banana, or 1 small banana
- 1 tbsp cacao powder (I used Kaizen Living)
- 1 ½ tbsp almond flour
- 1 tsp coffee granules (I went for Beanies Flavour Amaretto – my fave!)
- 2 tbsp Jordan’s skinny syrup (vanilla and almond)
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- This is probably one of the easiest, quickest recipes ever! Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C and lightly grease a mini loaf tin or large ramekin dish.
- Mash the banana in a bowl then beat in the egg. Add the other ingredients and whisk until you have a thick, smooth batter-like texture. If it’s too runny at this stage, add a little more almond flour.
- Pour into your prepared tin and bake for 10-15 minutes – voila!
If you fancy the white chocolate protein sauce to drizzle on top, I simply mixed together 1 scoop of PhD Nutrition diet whey protein (white chocolate, or you could equally use vanilla) with 1-2 tbsp Jordan’s skinny syrup and a dash of water to create a paste. Spoon on top then devour!
You might also like to check out the recipe for my Coffee, Amaretto & Walnut Cake using Sukrin’s Free-From cake mix too!