There is a lot of hoopla around gluten-free food and how it helps your body function better. There is a lot of literature on the internet on how gluten-free food is better for your body and it has way less calories than regular wheat. Gluten-free flour has been used to make pasta, cookies, desserts, etc. and is also said to be a way healthier option than any dish made with maida. Its great for kids too. There are lots of options for gluten-free flour like almond flour, coconut flour, etc. but very few of them are available in India.
One such product that we discovered is Green Banana Flour. We thought it would be interesting to find out a little bit more about how it is made and its advantages.
Banana flour is a flour traditionally made of green bananas that is often used as a gluten free replacement to wheat flours or as a source of resistant starch. Resistant Starch is a food source that resists digestion in the small intestine and offers the consumer some very unique health benefits like growth of probiotic organims, weight loss, increase absorption and capacity of antioxidants and minerals – especially calcium, etc. Like bananas, the flour has high levels of potassium, which helps control the electrical activity of the heart, and magnesium, which aids nerve and muscle activity.
Banana flour, due to the use of green bananas, is noted for its very mild banana flavor raw and, when cooked, it has an earthy non-banana flavor almost flavorless, thus can be replaced in almost all recipes that use ordinary wheat flour. It also has a texture reminiscent of lighter wheat flours and requires about 25% less volume, making it a good replacement for white and white whole wheat flour. It is completely gluten-free and highly recommended for people who suffer from celiac diseases or gluten related allergies. Added bonus - it has way less calories than wheat flour. Making your bread and cakes with green banana flour could be a healthier way to satisfy your carb cravings if you are trying to watch your weight.
How to consume Natural Evolution Green Banana Resistant Starch – 1 heaped tablespoon per day?
- Mixed in water
- Added to smoothie
- Added to tea
- Added to soup – note will naturally thicken soup
- Sprinkled on cereal
- Get creative - desserts, cookies, breads, pizza bases, etc.
Try using Banana Flour in this delish recipe:
Gluten-Free Banana Flour Focaccia Bread
- 4 eggs
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ cups cashew milk
- 3/4 cup Wedo Banana Flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 2 fresh garlic, very finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh chopped pepper
- 1 small tomato, sliced thin
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
- In a stand mixer, combine eggs, coconut oil, cashew milk, banana flour, baking soda, baking powder, and apple cider vinegar. Add rosemary, garlic, onion powder, sea salt, and pepper. Mix until combined.
- Press the mixture into a 9×9” square pan or 9” round cast-iron pan. Press your fingers into the top of the dough, puckering the top of the bread.
- Place tomato slices across the top of the bread. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-32 minutes, or just until the bread is set in the center.
- Remove and cool slightly. Drizzle with olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.
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