|Grain Free PB&J Swirl Banana Bread|
This was truly an accidental recipe. Ya know, the best kind!
It did, however, occur to me to use up some seriously ripe bananas a few weeks ago, and I noticed that I had a jar of strawberry jam that was about to go bad. My obsession with not wasting food pays off in more ways than one! I wanted to incorporate the jam into banana bread, but there was one obvious inevitable, unavoidable KEY ingredient missing...
You know that scene in Wayne's World where Wayne sees Cassandra and hears Dreamweaver playing in the background? Well, that's how I feel every single time I set my sight on peanut butter. It is my favorite food, my desert island food, the only food I would give up chocolate for. I guess you could say I'm addicted, since I experience acute withdrawal when I go longer than 24 hours without consumption.
drool digress. The bottom line is, I found myself concocting this PB&J Banana Bread, sharing it on my stories with y'all, and the rest is history. You guys couldn't have cared less how many BB recipes I already have, you wanted all the deets on this baby.
Here it is, my loves! I FORCED myself to test it four separate times, so I hope it lives up to all of your expectations. I know the layer of peanut butter and jam in the middle may seem gratuitous, but it's perfect. Perfectly gratuitous, that is :).
I wanted this recipe to be grain-free, since my Cinnamon Roll BB has oats, but I was actually out of coconut flour. I always keep arrowroot starch on hand as a thickener, but it's also a nice binder in paleo baking. Arrowroot starch (or powder or flour, all the same) is created from a starchy tuberous vegetable, found in tropical climates. It is similar to yucca or cassava root, if you're familiar with those. Unlike with cornstarch, creating arrowroot powder doesn't require high heat or chemicals, so it is a healthier option. Besides using it for slurries and in baking, I like to toss veggies or potatoes in arrowroot starch before throwing them in my air fryer, as it helps create a crunchy coating. I've linked the brand of arrowroot starch below, and I highly recommend keeping a bag on hand!
This PB&J Banana Bread is decadent, slightly dense, sweet but not cloyingly and full of healthy fat and fiber. One bite will transport you to childhood! Also, feel free to substitute almond butter or sunflower seed butter for PB for allergy or preference purposes.
If you give this recipe a try, please be sure to tag me in your pictures on Instagram @lauraleabalanced @llbalanced!
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