Going BANANAS For This Healthy Banana Bread
Back in the days, I rarely baked. The number reason for it was that I really don’t have that big of a sweet tooth and in my mind I figured all baked goods are suppose to be sweet and heavy and decadent. That is until recently when I discovered a whole new world of baking gluten free, butter free, even sugar free…The beauty of emerging products like almond flour, coconut flour, coconut butter, chia seeds, stevia, agave…The list just goes on… and it cracked open a door of curiosity for me. I’m a pro when it comes to doing anything savory but with baking, I had to find easy recipes to learn or play with. So I scoured for healthy baked goods recipes and picked my favorites and then merged some while added my own twist to others. Out of all my experiments this has become one of my favorites. I’ve shared it with friends who do enjoy sweets and even they like it as a quick healthy snack that soothes the sweet tooth craving. And when I tell them it’s packed with healthy fats like almond butter rather than actual butter and it’s made with almost no sugar added as well as packed with some omegas and fiber from the chia seeds, they’ll look at you like you answered their prayers.
I like to bake these into large loafs and cut them into slices. Store in an airtight container and grab a piece for a quick pick me up snack in the afternoon or in the morning before my workout. It’s the perfect thing to eat on the go and you can enjoy it guilt free. Now get on it and start baking this amazing bread!
GO GO BANANA BREAD
3 organic brown super ripe bananas
3 cage free eggs
1/8 cup maple syrup or light agave (I used light agave)—you can even omit it since the ripe bananas are pretty sweet already and I’m not a fan of super sweet
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup organic almond butter (no sugar)
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon cinnamon powder (I love cinnamon and it’s good for you)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Loaf Pan 4x8inch or little muffin pans work too if you want to make bite sized banana muffins
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350F
1. Mix wet ingredients together by smashing your bananas and mixing it with all the other wet ingredients with your hands.
2. Combine dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
3. Now add your dry ingredients into the wet bowl slowly and mix vigorously until fully incorporated
4. Spray your loaf pan with some canola spray to grease/wet the pan. Then place a a full piece of wax paper over it. This will help you remove the loaf from the pan after baking.
5. Scrap all the mixed dough into the loaf pan
6. Bake for 45 minutes. Then remove from oven and let it cool for 10 minutes.
7. Use the wax paper to remove the loaf out and place on a cooling rack.
8. Slice after it cools and enjoy!
Protein Banana Bread is an alternative version which I make occasionally. This is a great option when you want to increase some protein in your diet but am more or less on a vegetarian diet. Simply cut the coconut flour quantity in half and do the other half with vanilla protein powder, any plant based powders would work. I like Vega or Tera's Vanilla Whey Protein Powder.