Healthy Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread


It has been a hot minute since I’ve been able to whip up some delicious treats in our house. At first, I wasn’t cooking because I had morning sickness. Then, we moved and all of our dishes were packed for a solid five months. So, this week when I saw my bananas getting some dark spots I knew it was the perfect chance to make some tasty banana bread.

Healthy Benefits

I feel like bread gets a bad rap. But between you and me – I love bread. SHHHH! Well, let me clarify – I love healthy bread. To me that means whole ingredients that serve a purpose for your health. Take this banana bread for example. Each bite packs a good-for-you dose of deliciousness. Between the coconut oil (hello heart health) and the whole wheat flour, you’re getting plenty of extra vitamins and energy for the day.

Change It Up

I first stumbled upon this recipe on Cookie + Katie’s Pinterest page which lead me to her blog. I love that the recipe lends plenty of creativity to the baker so you can make it your own. For me, I wanted a bread that wasn’t super sweet so that I could have it at breakfast and for a snack. All I did was halve the suggested honey amount and swap in some applesauce. I also threw in some nuts and topped my bread with granola. It’s so crunchy and delicious – I’ll definitely be making this again. If you want to follow Katie’s recipe, I linked her blog above. Otherwise, I included my own twist below. I hope that you love it!

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Healthy Banana Nut Bread

Ingredients

  • 2.5 Medium Ripe Bananas
  • 1/3 C Melted Coconut Oil
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/4 C Honey
  • 1/3 C Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/4 C 2% Milk (you can use any milk of your choice)
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon (Optional - extra for the topping)
  • 1 3/4 C Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1-2 Handfuls of Chopped Walnuts
  • 2 Pinches of Granola (I used Kind Snacks brand)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 and lightly oil a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Heat coconut oil in the microwave until it is melted.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine melted coconut oil and eggs. Whisk together.
  4. Add in bananas and mix well.
  5. Mix in honey, applesauce, vanilla extract, baking soda, and milk.
  6. Slowly pour in whole wheat flour, cinnamon, and sea salt, mixing as you go. It is okay if batter is slightly lumpy.
  7. Fold in walnuts and any extras that you would like.
  8. Pour mixture into loaf pan.
  9. Sprinkle a light coat of cinnamon on top and sprinkle with granola.
  10. Bake for 60 minutes. Check center of bread, if it is not done cooking, kick temperature up to 350 degrees F and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
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