Paleo Diet

Go bananas over banana flour

One of the most basic kitchen staples, flour, has been called into question for various reasons today. Surprisingly, maybe banana flour is the answer.

More and more people are avoiding flour and excluding some of their favorite foods in the process. People forego pasta, pizza, and sweet treats to avoid the white stuff that is believed to cause many health problems like obesity, stress, and headaches. Some people need to avoid flour altogether due to digestive problems and allergies.

Banana flour … what is it?

There is much to be sacrificed to avoid flour; Banana flour reminds us that we don't have to go without it!

Banana flour is made from green bananas. The procedure was common in Africa and Jamaica and is becoming increasingly popular worldwide as a gluten-free substitute. It is a resistant starch that is also known in the paleo community.

Banana flour is easy to use

If you're on the fence, there's good news. Integrating it into your kitchen routine isn't complicated. It's lighter than wheat flour, which means you can use less if you incorporate it into your favorite recipes.

Banana flour is made from ground dried green bananas. Since it comes from fruit, it's a great gluten-free option that offers a lot of versatility as an ingredient.

Does it taste like banana?

No not true! The banana taste is obvious when you stick your finger in the flour sack for a little raw taste test. After baking or heating, this flavor dissolves, leaving an earthy note that many people enjoy.

A green light to many types of diets

Paleo Diet: Good To Go! The fruit-based flour gives you the freedom to enjoy selected recipes.

(Auto-Immune Protocol) AIP Diet: Pass! Enjoy!

Vegetarians / Vegans: Yes!

Keto: Be careful. If you have limited fruit intake, think twice before investing in banana flour.

Ethical Buying: There are concerns about labor practices in banana farming. Fair trade options are on the market and are recommended.

The facts of the banana flour

Banana flour is a resistant starch (a prebiotic). For those of us who enjoy reading labels, here are the facts.

Serving Size: 4 oz.

Total fat: 0 g.

Carbohydrates: 45 g

Sugar: 0g

Fiber: 1 g

Protein: 3 g

How to use banana flour

Banana flour is very flexible. In fact, it is an essential part of many recipes around the world. That said, there are plenty of great recipes to try! Here are two fan favorites:

Emma and Carla share their secrets on how to bake a storm with paleo banana bread. Have this recipe ready in fall weather.

The folks at Foodborne Wellness posted this delight, a recipe for paleo pancakes with banana flour.

When in doubt, keep the golden rule in mind: use ¾ cup of banana flour as a substitute for a full cup of flour.

Think green!

With fair and environmentally friendly options, we've used bananas for all of the benefits of this flour swap.

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