Healthy Banana Bread

I’m not going to say this banana bread is super healthy and you should eat it every day… but on the scale of banana breads where most are loaded with sugar and white flour this is at least a few steps away from sugar oblivion!

After Greg commenting at the look of the bananas sitting on our kitchen bench I decided to quickly whip up some muffins or banana bread. After a quick scan through the below recipe I knew I had everything to make it so away we went!

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Original recipe comes from Cookie and Kate

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil or high quality vegetable oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup (I used honey)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)
  • ¼ cup milk of choice or water (I used milk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
  • 1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • Totally optional: ½ cup mix-ins like chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, raisins, chopped dried fruit, fresh banana slices. (I used dark chocolate chunks)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees celsius) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well, then whisk in the mashed bananas and milk. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, simply let the bowl rest in a warm place for a few minutes, like on top of your stove, or warm it for about 10 seconds in the microwave.)
  3. Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to blend. Lastly, switch to a big spoon and stir in the flour, just until combined. If you’re adding any additional mix-ins, gently fold them in now.
  4. Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. If you’d like a pretty swirled effect, run the tip of a knife across the batter in a zig-zag pattern.
  5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before slicing.

    Enjoy!

 

Easy Kale Chips

My Nan normally gives us a large bunch of kale every week. She’s very informed as to the health benefits of Kale! We’re not a huge fan of the vegetable in salads or smoothies (it’s quite bitter) so I normally end up making Kale chips! For some reason the olive oil and salt offsets the bitterness!

Kale Chips are super super easy to make and a great low calorie snack!

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*I put this ziplock bag in our pantry and it stunk our pantry out.. so I would recommend eating straight away!

Date & Nut Bites

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If you’re looking for a quick healthy snack I highly recommend these date and nut bites!! They are super quick and easy to make and store really well!

Date & Nut Bites

15-20 dates

a handful of shredded coconut

a handful of pepitas

a handful of roasted almonds

1 tsp of coconut oil

1 tsp cocoa powder

 

How to

1. Roughly chop the dates, pepitas and almonds

2. Mix all ingredients together and roll into balls

Refrigerate in an airtight container until you are ready to eat!