Nut- and Grain-free Zucchini Banana Bread

This is a modified version of my grain-free Zucchini Banana Bread, that is also nut-free for those allergic or sensitive to tree nuts. It's delicious for anyone!

  • 1 ½ cups (140 g) flax seed meal
  • 1 ½  teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup (150 g) grated zucchini, water blotted out
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) raisins
  • 1/3 cup (45 g) pumpkin seeds, toasted

•    Optional: handful of chocolate chips or a tablespoon of cocoa nibs

1.    Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a muffin pan with coconut oil, or one large loaf pan.
2.    Combine the flax meal, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl and set aside.
3.    Combine the eggs, honey, vanilla, banana and oil in another bowl. Mix well and add the dry ingredients. Mix until fully combined
4.    Fold in the zucchini, raisins, pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips or nibs if using. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling each tin 1/4 full, or into a loaf pan.
5.    Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and set (for a loaf bake for 30 - 35 minutes). Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

Delicious toasted!

 

Energy Bites - No Bake (GF and Nut-free options)

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup uncooked oats (Gluten-free optional)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • 1/2 cup peanut or almond butter (I prefer natural) Or use sunflower butter for nut-free
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed 
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. sunflower seeds and or pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.  Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes then roll into 1" balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Makes about 20-25 balls.  

This recipe can be changed up in so many ways!   Add nuts, dried fruit, use almond or another nut or seed butter.  Experiment and have fun with it.