Flourless banana and orange blossom loaves
Flourless banana and orange blossom
dairy-free spread, for greasing
2 medium green apples (300g), grated coarsely
2 free-range eggs, beaten lightly
1/4 cup (60ml) unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp orange blossom water
2 cups (240g) ground almonds
2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
6 sugar bananas (780g), halved lengthways
2 tsp honey or pure maple syrup, extra
2 tbsp flaked coconut
1 Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease six 6cm x
12cm loaf pans with a little dairy-free spread; line base and sides
with baking paper.
2 Combine apple, egg, almond milk, honey, extract and orange blossom water in a large bowl. Stir in ground almonds and baking powder until just combined.
3 Spoon mixture into pans, smooth surface; top with banana halves, cut-side up, pressing them slightly into the batter. Drizzle with extra honey.
4 Bake loaves for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Serve loaves warm topped with coconut.
When in season, you can also make these loaves with stone fruit such as small peaches, plums or apricots. Serve these loaves with a dollop of coconut yoghurt.
These loaves are best made on the day of serving.
This recipe does not contain any added refined sugar. It does include foods that naturally contain sugars such as bananas and honey, but no additional sugar is added in any form. Pure maple syrup, incidentally, contains significant amounts of nutrients and antioxidant compounds, and has a low GI.