Healthy Banana Bread

Ever looked in the fruit bowl and seen overripe, spotty bananas? Then ever looked in your fridge and saw you had no eggs… That was the dilemma I was faced with earlier. Thankfully I had some egg whites leftover from the weekend – I guess I have my mum to thank for never letting me throw any food any. I dare you to leave the high-calorie, high-fat ingredients of the traditional banana bread behind and try this alternative.

My banana bread recipe uses 100% whole wheat flour, is naturally sweetened and has a light crumb – plus it hardly uses any equipment so there’s not a lot of washing up!

You’ll need… 

  • 2 eggs (or 2 egg whites)
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 large bananas
  • ¼ cup milk (I used skimmed cow’s milk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 25g of vanilla protein power
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
  • 1¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • Totally optional: ½ cup mix-ins like chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, raisins, chopped dried fruit, fresh banana slices…

Preheat oven to 165 degrees and grease a load pan with some coconut oil.

If you’re using just egg whites whisk then until they are light and fluffy, and if you’re using normal eggs just beat them with a fork.

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Add the melted coconut oil and honey to the eggs and whisk.

Mash the bananas and also add them to the mix.

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Then add your milk, baking soda, vanilla protein power, salt and cinnamon, and stir.

Carefully fold in the flour with a metal spoon.

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Pour your batter into the loaf tin and sprinkle with cinnamon.

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Bake for about an hour, or until  a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Let the bread cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before slicing.

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How do you like your banana bread? For some extra protein, I like to top it with peanut butter. If I’m feeling indulgent, a dollop or honey or a large slab of butter.

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