DELICIOUS & HEALTHY BANANA BREAD RECIPE
I used to think banana bread was boring, bland, and only good for root-eating, health-nazi hippies who wouldn’t allow themselves to have real cake. But maybe that’s because the only variation I’d ever tasted was a hospital canteen one, which would explain why it tasted more like plaster-covered cardboard than actual banana bread.
Then one day, I had a bunch of bananas going bad and having such an aversion for wasting food, I thought I might actually try making banana bread. I figured it couldn’t be worse than eating brown, mushy bananas. The recipe I used at the time was super basic and simple, but I knew as soon as I tasted the soft, bouncy cake that I was onto something great.
So as I do, I went on to modify the recipe, and after a few times of making it, I finally had this perfect, healthy and filling but still decadent-enough-to-be-considered-dessert version of banana bread. The reason I like it so much though, is not only because it tastes amazing, (which it does!) but also because it’s packed with protein and fiber.
Just to be clear, it is not the most loaded in protein and fiber food ever, it’s just way more packed with it than regular banana bread or other desserts like, let’s say chocolate cake or ice cream. And it’s also a great alternative to eating a t-bone and a bowl of All Bran at every meal. To be fully transparent, there’s also sugar in it. But since I have such a sweet tooth, I figure the amount of sugar in one slice is still not the end of the world, considering I’d probably have a chocolate bar instead! Also, I like living a little, so I don't drive myself nuts every time I reach for the sugar...
The reason why it’s so high in protein and fiber is because I add chia seeds, flax seeds, oatmeal and almonds to it, all ingredients that are super high in both. I calculated quickly, and there’s about 4g of fiber and 5.3g of protein in every slice… Since I usually eat 2 or 3 a day when I make it (it’s so good fresh!) it racks up pretty quickly. So do the calories, but what the hell! Here’s the breakdown of what goes into it:
1.5 cups of unbleached flour
1.5 cups of sugar
0.5 cups of coconut oil (you can also use vegetable oil or butter)
1 teaspoon baking powder
0.5 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
6 tablespoons of flax seeds
1 cup of almonds (keep about one third whole to decorate and coarsely crush the rest)
Approx. 1 cup of steel cut oats
Approx. one third of a butter stick
Basically, all you have to do is mix the crushed bananas, milk, eggs, coconut oil, 1 cup of sugar and salt together until you get a smooth mixture. Then you add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, 4 tablespoons of flax seeds and two thirds of the almonds (crushed ones) and mix again until everything is smooth.
Then, split the mixture evenly in 2 greased bread molds. In a small bowl, mix the oats, 2 tablespoons of flax seeds, half a cup of brown sugar and the melted butter. Mix well and spread that mixture on top of both unbaked breads. Top with the remaining whole almonds for decorations.
Cook at 350ºF for just over an hour. Let cool before taking out of the mold. Although I always skip this step and burn my tongue eating it right away. The struggle is REAL, I’m telling you.
So that’s all folks. Pretty easy and foolproof, isn’t it? What I love about this recipe is that it’s also super quick to whip up, and you can just shove it in the oven and then check up on it an hour later. It’s also the kind of recipe that doesn’t need to be made super carefully. Like if there’s still little chunks here and there, it’s not the end of the world, it’s not gonna be gross. You’re not making macarons here. You can also adapt it pretty well to almost any circumstances… You can replace the almonds by your favourite nuts (I sometimes do half-half with walnuts) or add chocolate chips if you want to… The list is pretty endless.
I like to eat it as is, warm and fresh out the oven, or heat it up a little the next few days. Sometimes, I make some kind of whipped butter with cinnamon to spread on top, which is really amazing and decadent when it’s warm and the butter is slowly melting (hmmm!). You can also spread some nut butter on top, Nutella and fresh bananas… Or raspberries… I’ll stop here.
Hope you guys enjoy this super banana bread recipe. I swear it's not boring. It's actually so good, you'll want to have it for breakfast, dessert and at every snack! Hit me up in the comments below, or on Instagram @thehungarianbrunette if you make it, I'd love to know!
Have a great weekend!
Love, Jenny xx