Healthy Banana Bread
I had bananas that NEEDED to be used… strange for us because I put them in the boys and my Shakes every morning. I had tried the grain free blender muffins in the past and the boys HATED them. Ever since I tried them, they have begged me to make REAL banana bread– “you know mom, the kind with flour!” LOL. I dug out my favorite recipe and stared at it. It had soooo much sugar in it. And really why? bananas are sweet, especially the ones that are hanging on the verge of needed thrown out.
So I searched for recipes to see if I could find one that had less. I found all kinds with honey or maple syrup, but the equivlant to the same amout of regular granulated sugar. Plus about a million calories worth of some nut butter or other. I mean, the whole idea about revamping recipes is to make them clean, healthy and full or real, whole foods. NOT to load them with “natural” sugars . Moderation is the key to eating healthy and the recipes I found did not fit that bill.
Until I came across this recipe and HAD to give it a try! I did tweak it a bit. Using Organic whole wheat flour (you could use white whole wheat also) and adding nutmeg. I also love pecans in my banana bread. I think next time I will add more nutmeg and maybe try to reduce the brown sugar by a tablespoon. But I will let you know how that goes!
I would love to hear how much you loved this recipe, so let me know when you make it!!
4 large bananas (about 1 1/3 cups, mashed)
1 large egg
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp of freshly ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour (whole wheat)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 cup peacn or walnut pieces
- Grease a standard 9×5” loaf pan. I use coconut oil cooking spray to make sure all the nooks and cranies are coated to prevent sticking.
- Mash bananas in a mixing bowl. Add egg, vanilla, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon and stir well to combine.
- In a separate small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir to combine. Gently stir in melted butter.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allowto cool in the pan for a few minutes before inverting onto a wire cooling rack.
adapted from Tastes Better From Scratch