Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Healthy Banana Bread

Last week I found myself in possession of a lot of over ripe bananas. When I eat bananas, I actually like them best when they've just become yellow with a hint of green but these banana's were completely covered in brown spots. I ended up making two batches of Banana Bread, one which was vegan (egg free) and the other which involved eggs and honey. I used to make Banana Bread quite often when I was younger and smother it in frosting but as I've grown older, I actually enjoy it this way as you can really taste the banana plus, it's healthier too.

I thought I'd share with you how I made the Banana Bread. It's really simple to make, almost fool proof and taste delicious! I've also substituted the ingredients from a standard recipe to make it a healthier, guilt free recipe.

Healthy Banana Bread 
Difficulty: Easy      Preparation: 10 minutes      Baking: 1 hour
Ingredients Instructions
1 3/4 cups whole grain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons chia seeds*
6 tablespoons water
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup rice malt syrup*
1/2 cup sliced almonds
pinch of salt
2 ripe bananas
1 lemon
pecans*

*2 eggs can be a substitute for the chia seeds
and water
.
*Honey can be a substitute for rice malt syrup.
*Olive Oil can be a substitute for Coconut Oil.
*Pecans are optional

Please note by using eggs and honey, the recipe will no longer be vegan.
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Grease and flour the pan. In a small cup mix the chia seeds in with the water and allow it to thicken.

Next blend the bananas or mash them by hand. Sieve in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda. Add the oil, rice malt syrup, salt and almost all the almonds. Lastly add in the thickened chia seeds and banana. Mix them all together until there are no lumps in the mixture. Pour the mixture into the floured pan. Sprinkle on the remaining almonds and pecans.

Allow the bread to bake for about an hour. After removing from the oven, allow the bread to cool for 5 minutes before transferring it to a wired rack. Then prick the cake with a knife or fork and squeeze on some lemon juice for extra fresh and moist cake. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, I love the occasional home baked delight. (Apparently so do my neighbours!) Now if you keep scrolling down, I'm going to tease you with some scrumptious pictures of my banana bread. I hope you're all well and haven't yet given up on your New Years resolutions!
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