Whether or not you’ve fully embraced the collagen protein trend, you've no doubt been hearing about this trendy supplement. Made from the bones and cartilage of fish and animals—and purported to boost the health of your skin, hair, nails, joints, and more—collagen is available as a supplement or powder. (Click here to lean more about collagen's potential benefits.)
One clear perk of collagen is what it can do in the kitchen: The powder is popular in the Paleo community as an ingredient in baked goods. Grain-free muffins and breads can sometimes be spongier than their traditional counterparts, and the addition of collagen makes them breadier. The extra shot of protein is a bonus.
This recipe for grain-free banana bread (with no refined sugar) is an easy and delicious way to give collagen powder a try. Enjoy a slice at breakfast, or as a high-protein snack.
Grain-Free Banana Bread With Collagen
Yield: 1 loaf (about 10 servings)
1 cup almond flour (about 112g)
2 Tbsp. coconut flour
¼ cup grass-fed collagen (such as Vital Proteins)
1½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
3 ripe medium-sized bananas (about 5.5 oz.)
2 large eggs
20 oz. pitted dates (about 6)
2 Tbsp. coconut oil, plus more for pan
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, or chopped toasted walnuts, or other add-ins, optional
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Generously grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with coconut oil.
- In a medium bowl, combine both flours, collagen, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until well combined, breaking up any lumps.
- In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine bananas, eggs, dates, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla; process until smooth. Pour into bowl with flour mixture; stir until well combined. Fold in any add-ins. Transfer batter to loaf pan; spread evenly.
- Bake bread until golden and firm and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes (place foil over top if bread is browning too quickly). Let cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then turn out bread onto rack to cool completely. Store leftovers wrapped in foil in the refrigerator.