Banana Bread Recipe - The Healthy Way!

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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.

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INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil or high quality vegetable oil⠀

  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup⠀

  • 2 eggs⠀

  • 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⠀

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.⠀

  2. 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.)⠀

  3. 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.⠀

  4. 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.⠀

  5. 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).

  6. Let cool and enjoy!