I wanted to share this recipe with you since I feel like I finally found (“tweaked”) a healthy recipe for banana bread that is also moist and delicious!
I started out trying to find healthy alternatives to muffin and quick bread recipes when my kids were babies. Many quick bread recipes and muffin recipes are basically the equivalent of cake and cupcakes when you look at the amount of sugar and oil in them. I didn’t want to feed my family cake for breakfast, so I went on the hunt for healthy alternatives.
I knew you could substitute applesauce for oil, and cut back on sugar, but what usually happened is that the bread or muffins would be dry and a bit flavourless (not exactly what I was looking for!). Luckily my kids still enjoyed them but I really wanted to find a recipe my husband and I could enjoy just as much, and now that the kids are older, they do can tell the difference too!
This recipe uses melted butter instead of oil (since butter is a real food and a healthy fat, it’s a great substitute for oil and I tend to use melted butter in a lot of my baking). I also substituted honey for the sugar from the original recipe and added an extra banana to make sure I had enough moisture.
So here you have it, and I hope it’s a hit in your house!
Healthy Banana Bread
1c whole wheat flour
1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
4 ripe bananas – mashed
1/2 c melted butter
1/2 c honey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
In a large bowl, mix whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a medium bowl mix bananas, butter, honey and eggs. Add banana mixture to dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are mixed well. Batter may be quite wet, and that’s okay.
Feel free to add extras such as nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, etc!
Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350º F for about 1 hour (or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean).
For muffins, pour into 12-15 lined muffin tins and bake at 350º F for 20 minutes.
Cool and enjoy! Pair this with my latte recipe for a special treat 😉
Did you enjoy this recipe? What are some ways you tweak recipes for healthy alternatives that you can share?