Keto as a Way of Life
Keto Banana Bread
Summer is drawing to an end and our favorite time of the year is rapidly approaching. That means we’re working on recipes that capture the warm flavors of Fall while maintaining the low carb, Keto lifestyle. Rebecca, of course, is a mad genius in the kitchen, and she’s been experimenting (and succeeding) with different flavors and types of extracts in her recipes.
Warm, with a little butter smeared on top, it’s everything you want a slice of fresh bread to be. It’s fantastic with coffee, eaten for breakfast or dessert. It also provides an amazing backdrop for French Toast. Rebecca even put together a cream cheese frosting using a little Monkfruit as sweetener to spread on this Banana Bread. Let me tell you…. It was un-flipping-real!
Some Thoughts on the Ingredients
You’ll notice that the pecans get two lines in the recipe, each being chopped a little differently. This is simply a texture thing. We like some bigger chunks and some smaller. Chop the pecans however you like!
Watkins makes some of the best extracts on the market. The advertisement says that a little goes a long way, and they're not kidding about that!
The flavor is of their banana extract is on point with just a few drops. Just don't use more than that for a recipe because you'll quickly overwhelm the dish with banana flavor.
The flavor of Watkins extracts doesn't get lost in other ingredients, or when they are baked.
Watkins makes some of the best extracts on the market. Their Maple hits the mark in a big way!
The flavor of their Maple extract will make you think you poured syrup in your recipe. Just don't use more than a few drops for a recipe because you'll quickly overwhelm the dish with maple flavor, which turns sort of bitter.
The flavors of Watkins extracts don't get lost in other ingredients or when they are baked.
Monkfruit quickly became our favorite Keto sweetener. It tastes good, has no aftertaste that we can discern and it doesn’t affect our blood glucose at all. It also stands up to heat better than most other Keto sweeteners.
The only downside is that it’s a little more expensive than other sweeteners, but we think it’s worth it.
Granulated (aka Classic) Monkfruit is a substitute for white sugar, and can be used as a 1:1 replacement in most recipes.
A Note about the Equipment
Obviously, you’ll need a bread pan along with all the other usual suspects for baking bread; browls, things to stir with, things to measure with, etc.
But I have a bread pan recommendation for you. I have a handful of these things, but this one is my favorite.
Bread Loaf Pan
A loaf pan is one of the basic baking dishes for every kitchen.
I like this one for a few reasons.
The texture of the steel makes bread release a little easier.
This one nice and heavy, so it holds heat well. That also means it's tough and durable.
And I really like that this one is made in the USA.
A Quick Note on the Method
Let it Rest:
Follow the directions. There’s nothing complicated about this recipe, but once it comes out of the oven…..
As difficult as it is to wait, it’s best to let bread rest for about 15 minutes after you take it out of the oven. Give it time for the proteins and everything to finish setting up. If you dump it out of your loaf pan too soon and start trying to cut it, you’ll flatten the loaf and have dense bread. Trust me…. I’ve been a little too eager in the past. I mean, I still ate it. It was just a bit flat.
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Keto Banana Bread
One loaf made 14 slices for us. Macros listed below are per slice.
In a small bowl, mix all dry ingredients: almond flour, all pecans, baking powder and salt.
In a medium bowl, mix melted butter, swerve, extracts and milk
Add dry ingredients and eggs to the butter mixture and stir until combined into a batter
Pour batter into a well greased loaf pan (Optional: Line your loaf pan with parchment paper first)
Bake at 325 degrees F for 60 minutes, until browned and a "toothpick test" comes out clean.
Slices of this banana bread work great in the toaster and they make amazing French Toast!
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The downside is that the strips themselves are a little pricy, especially if you’re checking your ketones every day. They’re worth it, though, if you want to keep an eye on how certain foods effect your blood and make sure you’re not being knocked out of ketosis by something you’re eating.
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