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Toasted Walnut Banana Bread

Not your regular banana bread - this guy has cricket protein, toasted walnuts, and NO refined sugar. This is a very easy recipe, and makes for a great breakfast or satisfying snack.

The toasted walnuts are not mandatory, and can be removed from the recipe, or replaced with another nut or chocolate chips. The Chocolate Cricket Protein Powder used in this recipe brings a very subtle flavour - if you're looking for a very chocolatey banana bread, I suggest making the walnut substitution for chocolate chips!

Ingredients (for 1 tall loaf pan):

  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup cooled, melted butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Cricket Protein Powder
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of walnuts

Directions:

  1. Turn the oven to 375 degrees. Grease your loaf pan, and line it with parchment paper.
  2. Toast the walnuts on the stove, until fragrant. Set a handful aside if you'd like to place some on top of the loaf for decoration. Chop the remaining walnuts.
  3. Mash your bananas in a large bowl. Mix in the egg, maple syrup and cooled, melted butter.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, then dump them into the banana mixture bowl. Mix until just combined.
  5. Mix in the chopped walnuts.
  6. Pour the mixture into your loaf pan, and set the decorative walnuts on top.
  7. Bake for 30 to 36 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean!

Tips:

  • Don't feel like making a loaf? Make this same recipe into muffins! The baking time will be decreased. Approx. 18-22 mins baking time for large muffins, and 14-18 mins for regular muffins.
  • Bananas not ripe enough? Place them in a bag overnight, or for a couple of days, to ripen more quickly.
  • The walnuts are optional. They can be replaced with any type of nut or chocolate chips.
  • Serve with honey or jam for extra deliciousness.

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