The Best Gluten Free/Dairy Free Banana & Fig Bread

Listen, you guys. I am no baker. I remember getting so frustrated as a child when my friends and I would decide to spend our whole playdate attempting to bake and everything would just come out shit. It tasted like shit and it looked like shit and our whole playdate would just be, you guessed it, shit. So, because of my traumatic baking experiences as a kid, I've pretty much avoided making any treat that involves the oven. I'll stick to raw protein balls and nice cream, thanks. Another reason I've avoided baking is because a lot of the GOOD recipes include gluten and dairy and a shit ton of sugar. Sorry, I'm saying shit a lot. It's necessary. I'm definitely intolerant to dairy and too much gluten/sugar isn't my jam, so baked goods that are gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free have been hard to come by. However, thanks to Pinterest and the vastness of the world wide web, I was able to come across an awesome recipe for banana bread by the Minimalist Baker and decided to give baking another chance!

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I've been absolutely positively obsessed with dried figs lately. I was that kid who thought fig newtons were the bomb, and real quick, if you hated fig newtons get tf out of here. Okay, cool. Since you're still reading this I'm assuming you're a fig fan like me. Because I love to get creative with anything I cook, I figured why not funky with baking too. I love the minimalist bakers recipes because they are just that, clean, whole, nutritious, and a minimal amount of ingredients. Especially this recipe, it leaves lots of room for any additional ingredients depending on your personal preference! So, because I'm a huuuuge (Donald Trump voice) fig FAN at the moment, I decided why not chuck some chopped dried figs in there. I also added cacao nibs for an extra chocolatey crunch!

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You can click here for the link to the exact recipe. The original recipe calls for an egg and honey, but you can swap them for a chia egg and maple syrup like my sister and I did to make it vegan too! Here's our twist on the recipe:

-3 medium ripe bananas

-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

-1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds to 2.5 tbsp water)

-3 tbsp coconut oil melted

-1/2 cup coconut sugar

-3 tbsp maple syrup

-3 1/2 tsp baking powder

-3/4 tsp himalayan salt

-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

-1 1/4 cup almond milk

-1 1/4 cup almond flour

-1 1/4 cup coconut flour

-1 1/4 cup gluten free oats

-4-5 chopped figs

-3 tbsp cacao nibs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients up to the almond milk in a large bowl and mix well. Then add in the almond flour, coconut flour, and gluten free oats until desired texture. Last throw in figs and cacao nibs! You can even add in things like dates or raisins, or your favorite chocolate bar chopped up! Put in oven and bake for 50 minutes to an hour. Ours only took about 50 minutes! Let cool and enjoy!!!!! 

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