Tahini Almond Banana Bread

This recipe is a crowd-pleaser at parties and equally as delicious to save all for yourself! For those who are wondering, this bread is: gluten-free, dairy-free, high fiber, refined sugar-free, and very drool-worthy.

Tahini Almond Banana Bread

(originally adapted from Salted Plains)

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 0-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F and grease bread pan (coconut oil or butter are wonderful)
  2. Blend bananas and honey in a bowl (immersion blender, electric mixer, or food processor work great)
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and mix together
  4. Pour batter into greased bread pan. Sprinkle on sesame seeds
  5. Bake for 45-55 minutes. If the top is browning too quickly, cover with a piece of aluminum foil and continue baking

I love this bread because it satisfies my sweet craving, yet it doesn’t have the ingredients and sugars that would spike my blood sugar levels and leave me feeling icky and bloated. I love pairing a slice of this bread with some nut butter, coconut butter, or tahini for a snack. I even crumble a slice over a smoothie bowl or alongside a smoothie. It also is just as delicious on its own or as a dessert after a meal!

Fun fact: Tahini is a paste made from ground roasted sesame seeds. It is full of healthy unsaturated fats, more protein compared to other seeds, and even fiber (2.8 grams in 2 tablespoons). Tahini is also a great source of B vitamins like thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), and folate (B9). It is also a rich source of minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, manganese, and copper.

Hope you find this baked good as yummy as I do, let me know!

The Benefits of Ginger

Plants have been used as medicine throughout human history. A 5,000-year-old slab of clay serves as the oldest written evidence of mankind using medicinal plants for preparation of drugs- there were over 250 plants included (1)! Herbal medicine is used more so to evoke healing responses from the body than to attack specific symptoms. Herbs play a role in the body’s own healing efforts, they do not take over the body’s functions.

Ginger 101

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is one of the most widely consumed spices worldwide. It is classified as a carminative herb. There are 14 bioactive components (parts of plants that have medicinal benefits) present in fresh and dried forms of ginger (2). The concentrations of bioactive components in ginger depend on what country it was harvested in, the type of processing used, and the form it is in (fresh, dried, processed).

Defining carminative herbs

Any herbs classified as carminative herbs relieve gas and intestinal gripping, help soothe the gut wall, prevent fermentation, ease intestinal spasms, and are rich in aromatic oils.

Other carminative herbs include mint, fennel, chamomile, and cardamom.

What ginger does in our bodies

Ginger clearly has such powerful gastrointestinal (GI) benefits, which is due to the fact that ginger and all of its metabolites appear to accumulate in the GI tract! In addition to its GI benefits, it is proven effective as a natural anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory agent, anti-nausea, and anti-cancer agent (2).

Ginger has also been proven effective in preventing the following conditions (2):

  • Oxidative damage
  • Inflammation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Platelet aggregation
  • Cholesterol

How to consume it

Ginger can be consumed in so many different ways! Fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallized, candied, or ground (spices). It has a strong and spicy scent, so it makes sense that it tastes slightly peppery but is slightly sweet at the same time.

I love drinking ginger in teas or infused waters, candied versions to bring traveling to combat GI symptoms, using the spice in baking or on fruit (I pretty much use it on any foods that I would also add cinnamon too).

Simple Ginger Tea

Stovetop method

(serves 4)

    1. Peel a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root and thinly slice it

    1. Bring 4 cups filtered water to a boil

    1. Once water is boiling, add ginger

    1. Cover the pan and turn off the heat

    1. Steep for 10 minutes

  1. Remove ginger and pour into mug. Optional to add honey

Tip: put ginger root in your fridge or freezer to preserve lifespan.

If you choose to seek out ginger consumption in a supplement or capsule form, I recommend you check with your health provider. Herbs like ginger have such strong medicinal properties (which is amazing) so it is important to check for cross-interactions with other supplements or medications you are taking and for safety with any pre-existing conditions.

Resources
  1. Petrovska, B. B. (2012, June). Historical Review of Medicinal Plants’ Usage. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3358962/
  1. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis. (2011). The Amazing and Mighty Ginger. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, 2nd edition. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/