A ‘Better for You’ Banana Bread

Definitely Delicious

By Terri Windover, Connect Contributor

banana-bread-recipe-photoThis is the one you’ve been looking for. A healthier banana bread without the white flour and sugar. This recipe is bursting with flavor, especially if you add the chocolate chips and nuts… and really, why wouldn’t you? A bite filled with those extra flavours is heaven for your palate.

The orange juice and maple syrup, along with the cinnamon, add layers of flavor that elevate this recipe above the same old, same old, banana bread ideas that have been around forever.

There’s not too much I like better out there than a good banana bread loaf. I think the only two above it is blueberry pie and sticky toffee pudding. As both of those entail way more time and effort I tend to only make them a couple times a year.

We all have that day where we look at the browning, perfectly edible bananas sitting on the counter that no one will eat because: “Eww, they look gross”, and don’t have the time to make it at that exact moment.

Simply cut into chunks and toss in a bag in the freezer, until your next day off. Personally, I leave them on the counter until they are really, really gross looking and I have to practically pour them out of the skins. The flavor at that point is as banana-y as you can get.

Another thing I tend to do is buy up all the browning bunches for super cheap at my local grocery store and make a bunch of loaves and freeze them for those lazy/busy days when I’m craving something sweeter, but don’t actually feel like cooking. It doesn’t take much more effort to bake four as compared to one, so why not be time smart about it?

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Sugar-Free Banana Bread

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 medium very ripe bananas, cut into chunks
1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup unsweetened orange juice
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir to blend.
3. Place bananas in blender and puree until smooth.
4. Combine bananas, maple syrup, orange juice and oil, mix well.
5. Add to flour mixture and mix gently. (DO NOT OVERMIX)
6. Gently fold in chocolate chips and nuts if using.
7. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
8. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
9. Cool on a wire rack.

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