Healthy Banana Bread

I have quite a sweet-tooth and desserts for me are (unfortunately) all about the super rich, creamy, chocolate-filled goodies! As much as I like to indulge, I also love eating healthy and whenever possible, always try to go for the healthier alternative.

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I recently came across this Banana Bread recipe which I  decided to test out using as many of the healthy alternatives as possible!

Ingredients:

  • Cooking Spray (Olive Oil or Butter works as well)
  • 1 Cup Mashed Banana (It’s best to use overripe Bananas)
  • 1/3 Cup Honey (or Agave Nectar)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or Soya, Coconut, etc)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

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Preheat the oven to 180°C and spray a 9-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. You can also line the pan with a little melted butter or olive oil.

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In a large bowl, mix the mashed banana, honey, egg, almond milk and vanilla extract until it’s completely combined and creamy.

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In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the wet ingridients to the dry ingridients and mix until just combined (careful not to overmix!).

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Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle some oats on top (optional). Bake for about an hour or until a fork inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, cut into slices and serve with yogurt, ice-cream (if you’re feeling indulgent) or whatever tickles your fancy!

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Another option would be to throw in some blueberries or strawberries into the mixture. If you want to make this vegan, use brown sugar or agave nectar instead of honey and exclude the egg.

Such a great and guilt-free treat for when you’re craving something sweet!

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