Banana Bread Recipe - The Healthy Way!
I am trying out a new banana bread recipe. I have been on the hunt for a good one. I mean who doesn’t like banana bread right?
I think it is delicious but one of the things I usually get so frustrated by is that typical banana bread is SO HIGH in sugar. Now, I am a girl that LOVES her sugar, but in the back of my mind I always feel a bit guilty about baking and eating banana bread knowing that I am putting so much sugar into my body with one little bite.⠀
Then this recipe came along.
⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil or high quality vegetable oil⠀
½ cup honey or maple syrup⠀
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)⠀
¼ cup milk of choice or water⠀
1 teaspoon baking soda (NOT baking powder; they aren’t the same!)⠀
1 teaspoon vanilla extract⠀
½ teaspoon salt⠀
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top⠀
1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour⠀
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.⠀
In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well, then whisk in the mashed bananas and milk. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, simply let the bowl rest in a warm place for a few minutes, like on top of your stove, or warm it for about 10 seconds in the microwave.)⠀
Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to blend. Lastly, switch to a big spoon and stir in the flour, just until combined. Some lumps are ok! If you’re adding any additional mix-ins, gently fold them in now.⠀
Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. If you’d like a pretty swirled effect, run the tip of a knife across the batter in a zig-zag pattern.⠀
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (typically, if I haven’t added any mix-ins, my bread is done at 55 minutes; if I have added mix-ins, it needs closer to 60 minutes).
Let cool and enjoy!