Better (for you) Banana Bread

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A clean eating version of the all-American classic

When you have a bunch of bananas that are starting to look a little too ripe, you make banana bread. Obvious? To me, it was actually a completely revolutionary idea given the fact that I rarely ever bake (as pointed out by Mr. Healthy Haus on a somewhat regular basis and with not-so-subtle hints of disappointment).

I created a healthier version of the beloved comfort food with gluten free flour, coconut oil, raw nuts and seeds, and without any refined sugar (except for some dark chocolate chips). Much to my own surprise (and my husband’s), this wholesome ‘nana bread turned out delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups gluten free flour (I used this one)
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder (aluminum free if available)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon milled flaxseed
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw organic honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted walnuts, roughly chopped

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5″ loaf pan with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, flaxseed and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the bananas, eggs, honey or maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Pour the banana mixture over the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until browned on top.

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Teachable Tips:

  1. Bananas are a true super food! Rich and sweet, they offer a unique mix of vitamins, minerals, and low glycemic carbohydrates. One medium-sized banana famously contains 400 mg or more of potassium which is known to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis.
  2. To make sure the banana bread is baked all the way through, insert a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, your loaf is done! Let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack, then wait another 10-15 minutes before slicing so it does not fall apart. Top with some grass-fed unsalted butter, nut butter and/or honey. So good!
  3. If you prefer a little more moisture, add one more banana or a 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce. Instead of walnuts and chocolate chips, use pecans, almonds, cocoa nibs, shredded coconut, raisins or whatever else is floating around in your kitchen.

Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Better (for you) Banana Bread

  1. The Banana Bread looks great – let´s heat the oven latest in Florida as I´d like to try it. Does it go only with coffee or with champagne either? – Guess, we should try the combo …

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