I remember growing up, bread was a staple part of my diet. Whether it was eggs with toast for breakfast, a sandwich in my school lunch, or a quick PB & J as a snack, I couldn’t go a day without eating bread!
Since making the leap to Keto, I’ve completely eliminated this staple from my diet, but I still have the occasional craving. I miss the smell of visiting my grandma’s house, and being engulfed by the smell of fresh baked banana bread upon entry.
Obviously, bananas, and most fruits in general, are a no-go because of their high sugar content, but that didn’t stop me from experimenting! I’ve made flax bread in the past, but I figured, why not try and make a flavored bread? Here’s my take on a keto-friendly banana bread recipe:
Low Carb Flax Bread (Banana Flavored)
- 1 Cup ground flaxseed
- 3 Whole eggs
- 1/4 Teaspoon of salt
- 1 Tablespoon of sweetener
- 1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder
- Several drops of imitation banana extract
- In a large mixing bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients
- Crack the eggs into the mixing bowl and whisk in the eggs and imitation banana extract with the dry ingredients
- Thoroughly grease or butter a baking tray and pour the mixture into it
- Place the tray into a 350 F degree oven, and bake for 15-20minutes or until fully cooked (test with a toothpick). I love using my small toaster oven for baking small batches!
- Remove from the oven, and let it cool before serving
This keto-friendly bread came out better than I expected! Sure, I didn’t use a pan that was ideal for sandwiches, but with the banana and sweet flavor to the bread, it was almost like a keto cake! You could even toss in half of a banana if you’ve some carbs to spare, or follow a paleo diet for more banana flavor.
When serving this sweet loaf of bread, I just topped it with a knob of butter since I enjoy my bread a little moist. You could also top it with cream cheese or sugar free syrup and treat it like a bagel!
While I made a sweet loaf of bread, you can always take out the sweetener, cinnamon, and banana extract to make a savory loaf. Heck, you could even add in some fresh rosemary, thyme or basil to make an aromatic loaf of bread!
Using ground flaxseed as a base, you can make all types of low carb friendly breads, muffins, and even pancakes. I love cooking with flax since it’s a great source of dietary fiber and a ton of other great health benefits. Experiment around and let me know what combination of ingredients you decide to use!