Low carb, low glycemic and protein rich banana nut bread

We got this banana bread recipe from the Green Godess. This is a very moist cake, filling but healthy as well as balanced with all the good fats (Omega 3s), great source of protein from the chickpeas and no insulin load as agave does not have the same effect on insulin levels. This recipe is also diabetic friendly.

For This low carb, low glycemic and protein rich banana nut bread you will need

2/3 cup of Agave Syrup
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 large eggs
2 large bananas or 3 medium bananas (mash by hand if doing the mixture by hand otherwise can be directly placed in the food processor) + 1 chopped for topping to be added after processing the mixture
1 3/4 cup of chickpea flour
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of chopped walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 180 celsius (350 Fahrenheit right about).

Mix all the wet ingredients either by hand or use the plastic S-blade for the food processor: Agave syrup, olive oil, eggs, mashed bananas or can be placed whole if using food processor.

Pulse it so as not to have the mixture too liquified. Once they have mixed well add the dry ingredients: Chickpea flour, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Process on slow speed until thick and well mixed.

Pour into a rectangular deep dish baking pan 9 inch length, 4 inch width and 2.5 depth (I used a silicone one lined with non-stick baking sheet). Add the walnuts and chopped bananas.

Bake until golden and run a toothpick through to test usually between 35-45 minutes. Sometimes, I bake for less time to have a more pudding effect.

Try this topped with any nut butter (great with almond, hazelnut and cashew butter) for breakfast YUMMY! A great way to start your day :)


Maybe a note on the benefits of low glycemic banana bread and food in general. Food with low glycemic index will release glucose into your blood more slowly and steadily. If something has high glycemic index your blood glucose levels will rise very fast. This is OK after endurance exercise or for a person with diabetes experiencing hypoglycemia but otherwise - low glycemic food is better, healthier and such diet can also prevent diabetes. So this low carb, low glycemic and protein rich banana nut bread is a great way to improve your diet. Again thanks to Green Goddess for this recipe.

11.05.2009. 00:30


Karin 25.08.2009. 03:07

What is chickpea flour & where can I get it? What other flours can I substitute for it (soy flour? Buckwheat flour? Others)?

mary 26.10.2009. 07:48

what is the nutritional breakdown of the low carb, low glycemic and protein rich banana nut bread, esp calorie content, compared to a white all-purpose flour bread?

cathryn 12.07.2010. 11:28

what is the nutritional breakdown of this low carb banana bread?

Diana 27.07.2010. 12:06

Chickpea flour is also known as garbanzo flour. Bob's Red Mill (brand) sells some. You can find it in health food stores, the gluten-free section of some Walmart stores, the healthy section of Fry's Food store, and many other stores that have a healthy food section. If not, then find it online: http://www.bobsredmill.com/garbanzo-bean-flour.html

Chickpea (aka: garbanzo bean, Indian pea, ceci bean, Bengal gram) flour has a pretty strong flavor. Hopefully all the sweet ingredients (bananas, agave, or sugar/honey) will tone down the strength of the garbanzo flavor. I'm glad this recipe doesn't use wheat. I'd really like to try it. :-)

Douglas 30.07.2010. 22:39

Agave is a terrible choice for low GI foods. If you're going to eat them regularly then be aware of what's inside it. Agave is ~ 70% fructose. Yes, it registers low on the GI but all that fructose will push your triglycerides up quickly. Hi triglyceride foods are linked to insulin resistance. So Agave isn't a great choice for diabetics in the long run. Hi triglycerides are also linked to a whole host of other metabolic disorders.

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