If I could bottle up the smell of my house right now, I totally would. The aroma of sweet banana bread has completely consumed my entire family today. I think I know the scent of my next candle purchase, or better yet, maybe I will just bake this delicious banana bread daily now. Being raised by well-known bakers has really paid off. Growing up, I completely took for granted the delicious food I was served. As a mother now myself, I am so thankful for the guidance. I rarely walk into my grandmother’s home without the infectious heavenly aroma of homemade baked goods and meals. I hope to follow in her footsteps as a grandmother one day. After baking this afternoon, I came home from picking up my son up from kindergarten walking into my own home full of sweet-smelling memories.
My oldest son, Jaxxen, overheard me planning out my day full of baking and was immediately intrigued with the thought of protein packed banana bread. He loves AMPD Nutrition’s proteins as it is, but he was especially excited to try the Banana Creame flavored protein. Little did he know it would be even more exciting because it’s CBD infused hemp and pea protein! Needless to say, once he smelled the amazing smell of banana bread, he immediately offered it to the neighbor kids out on the driveway to try too. His kind little heart always makes me smile with pride.
We may have eaten the entire loaf between all of us within a few hours! Let me just say that it is amazing! The taste is the perfect amount of banana. It touches the tongue with a mellow, pleasing sweetness. I find some artificial banana flavors too much with almost a synthetic taste, but this was perfect. The protein is naturally banana flavored while the bananas helped give the bread a great texture and consistency. The outer crust wasn’t overly done, and the core was nice and moist with the extra touch of surprise melted chocolate chips found throughout.
With my six-year-old son’s approval, this has now become a wonderful and delicious family snack in our house. We paired it with a pad of coconut-based butter spread, and it melted in our mouths putting smiles on our faces.
Hemp protein is a wonderful protein source to add into any diet as it has many great health benefits. It is a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the nine essential amino acids our bodies need. Amino acids are organic compounds that combine and form proteins, making them the main building blocks for the proteins within our body. Our bodies use these compounds to make proteins, which in turn, help break down foods and aids in growth and repair of tissues, while also being one of many sources of energy. Athletes and avid fitness enthusiast can greatly benefit from the increase in muscle recovery due to the increased tissue repair.
Hemp protein is considered a high-quality vegan protein, which not only contains essential amino acids, but is also high in fiber and contains healthy fat sources and essential minerals. It is cold pressed to preserve the overall quality of the plant, and hemp protein has a nice earthy, nutty flavor.
Hemp seeds contain the globular proteins, edestin and albimun, which help make enzymes, antibodies, hormones, and fibrinogen and make up the fluid portion of our blood. These proteins play a huge role in the strength of our defensive immune system, ultimately increasing our chances at fighting off invasive bacteria, viruses, and diseases. Hemp seeds are also full of powerful antioxidants and rich with essential minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, and copper. This makes them a great source of protection against oxidative damage which can can cause many chronic illnesses.
The fatty acids, Omegas 3, 6, and 9, found naturally in hemp greatly increase our body’s energy levels, which can last all throughout the day, and also regulates cholesterol levels. By ingesting hemp, you may even find that you can eliminate that daily cup of Joe – well, that is if you want to! Fatty acids help reduce inflammation throughout the body plus relieve many symptoms associated with chronic inflammatory diseases. Hemp protein also aids in hair growth, creating a beautiful, glossy sheen along with a conditioned scalp from the Vitamin E.
Banana Bread Basics
Banana bread requires more patience in the kitchen as its dough is very particular. It cannot be overly mixed, too runny, or too thick and chunky. You want to create a nice sticky paste-like consistency in order for it to bake properly. When choosing bananas for my banana bread, I like the super ripe, almost dark mahogany color banana. You know, they’re the ones you forgot to eat and have become sticky and overly ripe to eat by themselves. You can even smash or slice them, throw them in a freezer, and pull them out to thaw for a nice banana bread baking day.
Storing baked banana bread is just as important as creating the perfect dough. Once you have taken the loaf out of the oven, be sure to let it set and cool. I let my loaf sit in its pan for at least five minutes before I transfer it to the cooling rack. Once it has cooled and is ready to be stored, choose an airtight container or fully wrap it in tinfoil or plastic wrap. If it does not fully cool, then the sweat left in the container or wrap will leave a soggy mess. It can be stored up to three to five days.
½ cup AMPD Nutrition Banana Creame CBD Pro Protein
2 ½ cups gluten free flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthum gum
½ tsp pink Himalayan salt
¾ cup semi-sweet allergen chocolate chips
2 large ripe bananas
½ cup melted coconut oil
½ cup brown sugar
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