Even though I have my own set of food ideas and philosophies, I actually spend a surprising amount of time listening to or reading stuff written by those who have totally different views. I don’t want to be a vegan, live the paleo lifestyle, or completely swear off sugar. Yet every camp of thought raises excellent points and gives me plenty to think about. It’s nice to see what we have in common, like pretty much everyone thinks we need more veggies and less processed food. But hearing views opposite to your own really helps you question and doubt your own belief system, which is a great thing, because no one should ever blindly and militantly believe anything without really examining different sides to the story.
That’s the philosopher in me. The food lover in me is like, whatever. Let’s make some banana bread.
I heard about Civilized Caveman Cooking when blogger, George, was interviewed on the Fat Burning Man podcast. Both interviewer and interviewee were gushing over how delicious George’s paleo banana bread recipe is. This piqued my interest, so it was Recipe Face-Off time. Civilized Caveman Cooking’s Paleo Banana Bread vs In The Small Kitchen‘s Banana Bread (my Amazon affiliate link). Sans chocolate chips to make it a fair experiment. I’m scientific like that. I halved the recipes and adapted them for a muffin tin, ’cause lord knows I don’t need two loaves of banana bread in the house.
Civilized Caveman Cooking’s Paleo Banana Bread
This was super quick and simple to make, and I love how clean the ingredients list is! I used bananas, eggs, almond butter, coconut oil, almond flour, and just a little cinnamon, baking soda/powder, vanilla and sea salt. Dassit. The taste was great–a subtle, natural sweetness. The bread was really moist though. It’s not necessarily a bad thing; it’s just different from what we’re used to. As you can see from the first photo, it was already much flatter than the regular banana bread. For the second photo, I pressed down with light pressure and it just sunk down completely. Sad.
In The Small Kitchen’s Banana Bread
Can ya tell I love In The Small Kitchen? The cookbook and the blog that started it all, Big Girls, Small Kitchen, are such great go-to resources for us quarter-life aged folk. This is a pretty foolproof banana bread recipe. Tasty, perfect texture, and without adding the chocolate chips it’s surprisingly not too sweet at all.
Oh, snap. This is the first time I’m going to declare a tie! So far, the original recipes have won in these face-offs (see here and here). I’m brutally honest about what tastes better, and as you can probably tell, I have a “if-you’re-going-to-eat-it-at-all-just-eat-the-real-thing” stance when it comes to treats. This time I decided it was a true tie–both taste as great as the other. I might not love the texture of the paleo version as much as the regular banana bread, but the ingredient list is so incredibly clean, it is totally worth having a moister bread.
Still can’t say it was better, though. Still keeping it real here on Eating Clean in the Dirty City. ;)
Have you guys tried baking “paleo” treats? How was your experience?