Normally when I concoct a post I have a firm idea of what I am going to write about and what baked treat I am going to use to compliment it. Not this post, as I am writing this I am still formulating what I want to say (hence the round about intro!)
Anyways, I have been wanting to put this recipe up for awhile but I know that I need a longer post than “It’s super tasty, healthy and easy to make!”. I also did not want to go down the paleo path because there are a plethora of sites out there that will happily explain the ins and outs.
It dawned on me while I was loading up my image that I have a thing for dinosaurs… it’s true! I sat staring at these little guys for ages and the answer was in front of me the whole time. If you don’t really care about my dino fetish please skip through to the recipe below. It’s super tasty, healthy and easy to make!
I’ve been fascinated by these extinct behemoths ever since I can remember. In primary school I dreamt of becoming a palaeontologist and was constantly drawing these creatures. (I also wanted to be a car designer and drew those in-between my dinosaurs…)
Whenever I had the opportunity at school, I tried to base my projects around dinosaurs. Diplodocus was my favourite kind. Massive and majestic with a whip-tastic tail ,they were left alone by everyone including the most ferocious of predators, Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus. They wondered round and munched on flora all day long, unaware of the carnage happening beneath their feet (pretty sweet life if you ask me!).
Being a dinosaur freak has had its advantages, it enabled my trivia team to take out the trophy in the bonus question round. A random Jurassic Park question fumbled everyone but us, I happened to be wearing my JP t-shirt with a detailed map of the park on the back… score! We won and I was popular for a whole 5 mins (people also forgave me for wearing a JP tee).
I should’ve know I was obsessed when my sole Tokyo purchase last year was a jumper with dinosaurs printed on the front (and in my fave colour marle).
If you have perused my previous post you would have seen my paleo chocolate cupcakes. You would’ve have noticed my little friend Arnold striking a pose. I spent a good 90 mins going up and down various toy aisles looking for this little fella (love dinosaurs much??).
The wonderful moulds that were used for the pic above were given to me by one of my wonderful sisters, apparently everyone but me was aware of my addiction! This is the first time I have used these moulds and I couldn’t think of a better recipe to use them for. This recipe is super tasty, healthy and easy to make!
Recipe is adapted from Slimpalate
- 70g coconut flour
- 50g almond flour
- 3 medium ripe bananas*
- 120g coconut oil, melted
- 35g cacao nibs
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 60g honey
- 4 eggs
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 170°C and grease a 8-inch loaf pan with coconut oil, place a cut bit of baking paper in the bottom of the pan.
- In a medium sized bowl combine the coconut flour, almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cacao nibs, salt and mix with a fork to reduce any clumps until thoroughly combined.
- In a small bowl add eggs, vanilla extract, honey and whisk, then add mashed banana to the egg mixture and whisk more until well combined.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry and stir with a spoon until thoroughly combined then add melted coconut oil and continue stirring until well incorporated.
- Spoon all of the batter into your greased loaf pan and spread it out evenly.
- Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes**, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Pull out of the oven and let it cool slightly, then carefully run a knife along the edges to make sure nothing is sticking and carefully transfer to a wire rack, let it cool for 20-30 minutes.
* The riper the bananas the sweeter the bread will be, you can reduce the amount of honey to accommodate this.
** For my dinosaur shapes, I baked at 170°C for 20-25 minutes.