Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Healthy Banana Bread

Fun fact: My mom eats at least 3 bananas on most days. So, instead of buying one bunch of bananas when she goes to the grocery, she buys three or four, and sometimes has to make a mid-week trip for more since my sister and I usually eat one a day as well. She may or may not be a monkey.
Sometimes she buys too many and we have to make banana bread. Let me rephrase that: We get to make banana bread.
Last week was one of those special weeks with three really brown bananas, so I decided to try out a new recipe. I still had some almond meal on hand so I found a gluten free recipe that I could use it up on! No added sugar, no butter, just plain delicious.
If you count chocolate chips as added sugar, then fine, there was a little bit of added sugar. 
It's all about the balance, right?
Anyways, this banana bread is awesome. It's moist, nutty and the chocolate chips add the perfect amount of sweetness. Mostly, it's full of those wonderfully health-packed ingredients like almond meal, coconut oil and ground flaxseed. 
So really, the dark chocolate chips were just going along with the healthy theme because everyone knows dark chocolate is good for you. You know, in moderation of course.
Healthy Banana Bread
Recipe by Teresa Cutter

1 1/4 cups smashed ripe banana
3 eggs
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp baking soda + 1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp grund cinnamon
2 cups almond meal
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
Optional: 3/4 cups of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 320F.
Combine the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, vanilla and coconut oil in a bowl. You may have to zap the coconut oil in the microwave to make sure it's in liquid form first!
Combine baking soda and lemon juice in a small bowl then add to the wet ingredients.
In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon, almond meal and flaxseed. Mix well, then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
Option: Stir in some chocolate chips or walnuts.
Lightly oil a loaf pan. I used the coconut oil spray from Trader Joe's - it's magical!
Pour the batter into the tin and bake for about 45 minutes.
*Feel free to top the batter with a sliced banana, a sprinkle of cinnamon, some walnuts, or all the above before baking! 

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