You know how banana bread is just an excuse to eat cake? Here’s a healthy banana bread recipe that’s actually healthy: and tastes good, too!
Banana bread is usually just an excuse to eat cake, right? Most banana bread recipes are full of oil, refined flour, and refined sugar, very much like a cake. Since that leaves Alex and me with a stomach ache and a sugar crash, we wanted to create a healthy spin on this popular treat. Here’s our healthy banana bread, made with no refined flour and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. And it actually tastes great! You may remember our “famous” Healthy Banana Muffins, lightly sweet and fluffy, made with oats and bananas in a blender. Well, this is the same concept: this time in bread form!
This healthy banana bread uses a blender to blend up oats, banana, eggs, spices, and maple syrup into a delicious batter that’s 100% whole grain. Using only oats makes it naturally gluten free too! The best part about it is that it tastes delicious and satisfying, but it doesn’t leave you with a sugar crash or make your stomach feel funky.
Slices of this banana bread are literally one of my favorite “treats” lately, and it’s made of all good-for-you ingredients. It’s literally like eating a banana and oatmeal, with drizzle of maple and oil drizzled on top. Our toddler Larson also gobbles it up, slathered with a bit of almond butter!
- 2 cups mashed very ripe, nearly black bananas (about4 large or6 small)
- 2 large eggs + 1 egg white (or2 flax eggs, for vegan)
- 6 tablespoons neutral oil (sunflower, vegetable or grapeseed)
- 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups rolled oats, plus more for topping
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Use neutral oil or coconut oil to grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
- Mash the bananas and measure out 2 cups.
- In a large blender, blend the bananas, eggs and egg white, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and kosher salt until combined. Then add the oats and blend again for a few minutes until a very smooth dough forms (if you’re using a regular sized blender, you may need to blend 1 cup at a time; our Vitamix is very large and could handle it all at once).
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle the entire top of the bread with a single layer of oats; use your hands to gently press them down.
- Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
- Let the bread sit in the pan 10 minutes, then run a knife around it and remove from the pan onto a wire rack to cool. Store refrigerated wrapped in aluminum foil or in an airtight container for up to 1 week (we actually like it best cold)
You can read full article and recipes here : https://www.acouplecooks.com/healthy-banana-bread/