Baker Bettie

Grain Free Banana Bread with Banana Butter

Grain Free Banana Bread with Banana Butter (paleo friendly)

I have an announcement to make…

Baker Bettie is going all natural and unprocessed.

No, this is not an April Fool’s joke.  Though I can understand why you might think that given the kinds of recipes usually posted here.

Grain Free Banana Bread with Banana Butter (paleo friendly)

So what does this mean? It means that the days of baking with highly processed white flour, and refined sugar are behind me.  It means that I want to focus on health and food that are whole and natural.  If you want to know a little more about why this change is occurring, read this… 

I realize I may lose some readers due to this change.  Though I really hope not.  But I also hope that I tap into a whole new community of people who are passionate about eating unprocessed.  I also think that this may make me creative in a whole new way.

So without further adieu, I present my first attempt at grain-free, dairy free, refined sugar free, processed food free baking!

Grain Free Banana Bread with Banana Butter (paleo friendly)

I thought a banana bread would be the perfect thing to get my feet wet.  Quick breads are fairly forgiving and super ripe bananas are naturally sweet.

I am learning from reading a lot of paleo recipes that the two most common flours that are used in grain-free baking is almond flour and coconut flour.  I have yet to try coconut flour but I have used almond flour in the past.

Almond flour is exactly what it sounds like.  Almonds are blanched and ground into a fine “flour.”  This flour tends to have a slightly thicker grain to it than traditional flours and it works really well as a replacement in banana bread where the crumb tends to be dense.

Grain Free Banana Bread with Banana Butter (paleo friendly)

The bread tastes great on its own, but I whipped up a super simple Banana “Butter” to go along with it with the left over banana I had.  (I made it last night so the color did oxidize a bit.  Yours might look lighter in color) It would actually be really delicious over pancakes or waffles as a replacement for syrup too!

Grain Free Banana Bread with Banana Butter (paleo friendly)


adapted from Elana’s Pantry


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43 comments on “Grain Free Banana Bread with Banana Butter”

  1. good timing for me! I look forward to the “new” you 🙂

  2. This looks and sounds DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!

  3. I’m really looking forward to seeing what you come up with, this is a promising start!

  4. Congratulations! I am attempting the same transition, and it hasn’t been easy. I look forward to the new direction of your fantastic work. This is a great recipe!

    • It definitely makes you aware of how “processed” the world has become. The way I made the transition was starting out with a juice cleanse. It made me completely stop caring about food. Then going into Paleo after that was much easier. Good luck!

  5. Best intent to you! (It really has nothing to do with luck, right? It will be hard work and a learning process!)

    You mentioned you might lose some readers. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I am sure you will. BUT . . . . . I bet you will gain other readers. So it will probably all wash out even. AND you might even “convert” some present readers. You just never know. What you do know is that you decided you needed to make a change for YOU and your family and that is what is so awesome. Good for you.

    I myself, get so sad thinking about a life without grain, so I am not there yet. But I do try to eat healthy things and I am continually learning and trying to cut out overly processed foods!

    Looking forward to all that will be new here.

    • I was very sad about losing grain at first too. But after my juice cleanse and I started to notice how much better I was feeling, I stopped caring. Especially since I know that I can make many “grain like” recipes without it.

      And you are right, this change is for ME and to make myself the person I want to be.

  6. Funny but I have too decided I want to try cutting back on highly refined products, and also wheats. So this is a great recipe. Glad to see the beautiful photos have not changed 🙂

    • Thanks lady! It sounds like a simple task doesn’t it? But then we start to realized how processed our society has become. Real food seems hard to come by sometimes, especially in social settings. All the best!

  7. Congratulations.. I know that you will come up with all sorts of delightful baked goods:) xo Smidge

  8. Good for you! Look forward to giving this a try.

  9. First off, congratulations on deciding to keep your blog and shift your focus on whole and natural ingredients. I’m glad to see people not lose their passion about food, even when lifestyle choices change. Keep up the awesome work!

    Second, you’ll easily find new readership, especially those searching for tasty & healthy alternatives.

    Third and lastly, you won’t lose this reader!

    • Awesome! Glad I won’t lose you!

      I just couldn’t give it up. It has become so dear to me and I have just started getting connected to this whole community of people. It will take some getting used to blogging this way, but I’m excited!

  10. Wow! I am definitely going to try this out. We’ve been trying to to eat less sugar, and more whole foods, so this looks perfect!

  11. Love Love Love this recipe! The bread is deff Paleo and I have a bunch of friends that would love it!

  12. My favorite way of cooking! All natural, healthy and delicious! I’m excited for this change!

  13. I have to admit, being a new-ish subscriber to your blog, I am a little sad to read this though, I FULLY understand WHY for you, changing your ways is necessary. I wish you the best of luck on your journey to the new you. 🙂

    • Well I do hope you hang around for at least a little while in the transition! I am going to try and continue to present creative and fun recipes with improving food photography!

  14. First, you had me at banana butter. Which sounds so utterly amazing that I’m sitting here smiling as I type this.

    I’m hoping your ventures will help me to change some of my habits.

    Your blog has so much to offer…beautiful photos, fabulous recipes…that I don’t think you’ll have to worry about losing readers, just gaining them!

    I’m hoping your new you will help me to expand my repertoire, and I find, that EVERYTHING can be modified. So, if you use ingredients which are new that not everyone has access to or is willing to try, then they can modify!

    Good luck!

  15. I wrote this long reply and it disappeared! I’ll sum it up for you:


    I won’t be going anywhere!

    You should only look for your readership to increase.

    And I hope your new you helps me to expand my repertoire as well.

    How’s that for a summation?

    Oh, and I’m drooling over “banana butter”.

  16. I’m SO PROUD of you!! And so happy we are in this process together 🙂 I cannot wait to see what life brings you in the next year with this new change… xoxo!

  17. I’m impressed! Way to really go for it! Did you end up watching Forks Over Knives as well? Both documentaries have definitely inspired more healthy eating on my part, and I’ll be excited to see what healthy baking you can come up with!

    • I haven’t yet. I keep seeing it on my netflix screen but I need to find a time to watch it alone. My husband got his fill of those kind of movies with the last one. He isn’t too into it. I’ll let you know when I do!

  18. What a wonderful banana bread 😀
    And banana butter too? You are my hero!

    Happy Easter and see you in a week!
    Choc Chip Uru

  19. I just started following your blog about a month ago. It’s very inspirational to me. I’ve contemplated about baking w/natural ingredients for a while. I’m in process of starting my own food blog and I want to include recipes for those who are on special diets or have food allergies. The food photography entry really helped me out too. Thanks again and have a blessed Easter.

    P.S.: Love this chocolate recipe…. I’m a big fan of dark chocolate (love the bitterness too) and almond butter. 🙂

  20. Both my son and daughter -in-law foow the Paleo diet for almost a year now in conjunction with Cross Fit. Are you doing Cross Fit, too? They have both lost over 50 lbs, and they will be running in the Chicago Marathon in October. I am so proud of both of them.

    My blog is mostly baking, and I have been contemplating going grain free and sugar free, but still have to do more research. however, your recipe foe banana bread, maybe the tipping point. Thank you for sharing!

  21. Congratulations on the new direction! I love it. I follow a somewhat paleo diet myself. Elanas pantry has been a fabulous resource and I’m looking forward to what you cook up next. Delicious wishes!

  22. thank you for this good-looking recipe! I haven't tried it out yet… I wanted to pin it to my Pinterest but it kept coming up without a picture. Can't figure out why…

  23. OK – I was able to repin it through you Pinterest page where you have this recipe with the picture. Hurray!

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