Healthy Banana Bread

This recipe for banana bread is not only simple but also nutritious; it is moist, sweet, and completely bursting with the flavor of bananas. It is impossible for me to refrain from returning for just one more slice.

Whenever I make this recipe for healthy banana bread, I completely lose control of myself. Knowing that there is a loaf of bread waiting for me in the kitchen is enough to keep me going back for just one more slice throughout the entire day. In the morning, I smear it with peanut butter and eat it for breakfast. In the afternoon, I eat it with a cup of coffee as a snack, and for dessert, I have another piece (or two). In addition to being moist and mildly sweet, it is bursting with the flavor of bananas. Additionally, while it is baking, it imparts a scent that is reminiscent of vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg throughout the entire house. I mean, let’s be honest. Where is the lack of love?




It is imperative that you give this recipe for healthy banana bread a shot if you have ripe bananas sitting on your counter. Not only is it simple to prepare, but it also happens to be delicious and beneficial to your health. I have no doubt that you are going to adore it!

Healthy Banana Bread
Healthy Banana Bread

Recipe Ingredients for Banana Bread That Is Good for You
It’s possible that you’re curious about the ingredients that make this banana bread so nutritious. Instead of using all-purpose flour, I use a combination of almond flour and whole wheat pastry flour in my baking. Pastry flour made from whole wheat contains all of the nutrients that are found in conventional whole wheat flour, but it does not cause baked foods to be dense or dry. In point of fact, when coupled with the almond flour, it imparts the ideal amount of moisture to this banana bread creation.




Afterwards, I prepare it without using any butter or processed sugar. I use a mild olive oil (but another neutral oil would also work), and I use coconut sugar for granulated sugar in the recipe. Both regular sugar and coconut sugar can be used in this recipe; however, coconut sugar imparts a more robust flavor and naturally sweetens the loaf.

Last but not least, I incorporate a handful of walnuts! Both a nutty crunch and an increase in omega-3s are added by them.

It is possible that you will discover that this banana bread is not only nutritious, but it is also vegan if you look at the photo of the ingredients that is located above. When it comes to this recipe, there is no requirement for any eggs (or flax eggs) because the bananas provide the necessary moisture, and there is also a dash of apple cider vinegar. To make it, I typically use almond milk because it is the type of milk that I always have on hand; however, oat milk would also be an excellent choice. You could substitute cow’s milk for plant-based milk if you are not vegan or dairy-free.




And have I mentioned that? Additionally, this recipe for healthy banana bread is really simple to prepare. The wet components and the dry ingredients should be whisked together separately, and then they should be folded together until they are almost completely incorporated. Following the addition of the walnuts, the batter should be poured into a loaf pan and then placed in the oven. Having to wait for it to bake is the most difficult part!

Healthy Banana Bread
Healthy Banana Bread

Various Recipes for Banana Bread That Are Good for You
This recipe for healthy banana bread is great as written, but feel free to experiment with various spices or mix-ins to bring forth its full potential. A few suggestions to shake things up are as follows:

Turn the nuts around. As an alternative to walnuts, you might use chopped pecans or almonds.
Put some fruit in it. To substitute for the nuts, you could use chopped dried apricots, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, or dried Medjool dates. Alternatively, you might use a combination of almonds and dried fruit.
Modify the seasonings. You could try substituting cardamom or ginger for the nutmeg in the recipe.
Or you could add chocolate chips. Do you require any further explanation?

How to Keep Banana Bread in a Healthy Condition
For up to four days, the nutritious banana bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Alternatively, slices can be frozen in order to have them on hand for speedy breakfasts or snacks. When I bake a loaf of bread, I like to make 2 of them so that I can freeze one of them and eat the other one as soon as it comes out of the oven. Before slicing banana bread, you must first wait until it has totally cooled down before freezing it. After that, place the slices in a freezer bag or an airtight container and freeze them for up to three months. To defrost individual slices, either place them in the refrigerator for a full night or heat them in the microwave for thirty seconds to one minute. Here you can find additional advice on how to freeze baked items and meals.

If you still have bananas that are ripe, you can create banana pancakes, banana muffins, or a strawberry banana smoothie before moving on to the next step.




Ingredients

2 very ripe bananasmashed (1 cup)

½ cup coconut sugaror regular sugar

¾ cup almond milkor any milk

 cup extra-virgin olive oilmore for brushing

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

 cups whole wheat pastry flour*see note

½ cup almond flour




2 teaspoons baking powder

Healthy Banana Bread
Healthy Banana Bread

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

½ cup chopped walnuts

topping

2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

1 1/2 tablespoon rolled oats




Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F and brush a 9×5-inch loaf pan with a bit of olive oil.
In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas with the sugar, almond milk, olive oil, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar and whisk until combined.
In a medium bowl combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir until just combined, then fold in the walnuts. Pour into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts and oats.
Bake for 42 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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