Healthy & Delicious: Whole Grain Banana Bread

In the last couple of months we have shared multiple healthy recipes with you all that are super easy and take only about 15 minutes to make, but today it’s time for something a little different. The preparation of this recipe is just as easy as the ones before – you basically just have to throw the ingredients all together, mix it well and bake it. However, it will still take a bit longer, especially with the baking time, thus it will be the first article of our new Healthy & Delicious series introducing you to tasty dishes that nourish your body with all the right nutrients, making great substitutes for our big favorites, popular but not so healthy, often very sugary or oily dishes. But without further due, let’s just get started!

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Reading through the news and my favorite blogs with a hot cup of coffee in the mornings has become quite a ritual for me ~ but this picture cannot be complete with something to munch on to accompany the beloved coffee. Normally people tend to go for different kinds of biscuits, cookies or scones, ignoring the fact how much refined sugar they have, and in the case of store bought, pre-packaged ones, how many preservatives they all contain. Trust me: this is not what you would want to try to nourish your body with. And this is when our home made, whole grain banana bread comes into the picture.

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As always, choosing the right ingredients makes all the difference and makes your bake much healthier. We are going to use whole grain flour, so the banana bread will have more fiber and will keep us full longer. We are also choosing free range eggs (you can read about why they are the better choice in this article) and will use bananas and natural sweeteners such as honey or Stevia to avoid the refined sugar that would cause your insulin levels to spike and leave you in a sugar coma.

Ingredients

3 cups whole grain flour (I use whole grain spelt flour)

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoon butter or coconut oil

Sweetener of choice – equivalent of ½ cup sugar (Here we used Xylitol Birch Sugar)

1 cup apple sauce

2 eggs

3 bananas

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

a handful of walnuts

a handful of dark chocolate chips

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, mash your bananas with a fork and then add the apple sauce and vanilla extract.img_20150404_170702
  2. Add in all your dry ingredients: the flour, baking soda, salt cinnamon and nutmeg.img_20150404_171012
  3. Add the butter or coconut oil and the eggs then mix it all together with an electric mixer until the dough is smooth and looks somehow like this:img_20150404_171446
  4. When you made sure there are no chunks left, add the walnuts and chocolate chips -and actually any add-ins you would like to try- and stir in with a spoon.
  5. And finally pour the batter into a greased pan ~ I also like to then decorate the top with some more walnuts.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180°C and bake the bread for about an hour. The toothpick test should tell you when it’s ready.bread-608308_1920

You can eat it for breakfast, with your coffee, take it with you to school or work, it will soon become your favorite healthy dessert to cure your sweet cravings. Try topping it with a few spoonfuls of  no added sugar fruit jam for the absolute taste bomb!

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