Banana bread is one of the healthier sweet treats, but this recipe takes the original and makes it even better.  It’s moist and rich but isn’t loaded with a ton of sugar.  This banana bread makes for a great breakfast or a sweet treat to have with a cup of tea or coffee. Plus it will make your whole house smell phenomenal for a while after to bake it and banana bread is always a crowd pleaser.   

 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 35-45 minutes 

 

Ingredients:

4 Eggs

1/2 cup of olive oil

1/2 cup of 2% yogurt

4 ripe bananas (mashed)

1 cup of Wheat flour

1 cup of chopped walnuts

1/2 Cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of baking powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  

Beat eggs in medium size bowl.

Mash 4 ripe bananas and set aside.  

Add oil, yogurt and bananas to beaten eggs.

mixing banana bread

beat the eggs

 

Combine wheat flour, sugar, walnuts, baking powder and baking soda and mix well.

Add banana mixture to the dry ingredients and make sure everything is thoroughly combined. 

Pour mixture into two greased loaf pans.  Make sure they both have equal amounts.

Bake for 35-45 minutes.  Or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the bread.  Slice and enjoy!

Sliced banana bread

Sliced banana bread

 

Tips and tricks:

If you have a nut allergy and would still like a crunch to your banana bread substitute 1 cup of oat bran for the walnuts.

Sprinkle walnuts on the top before baking to give added crunch.

You could substitute pecans for walnuts and you can even use raisins to give more texture and natural sweetness.

For a healthier version of french toast, cut 1 1/2 inch thick pieces of banana bread, spread each side with melted butter and grill in sautee pan until each side is golden brown.  Drizzle with a smidgen of syrup or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Fun facts:

National Banana Bread day is the 23rd of February.

Bananas appeared in the US in the 1870s and it took a while for them to be used as an ingredient for desserts.

The actual Banana Bread recipe began by being published in cookbooks around the great depression as resourceful housewives didn’t want to throw away overripe bananas (since they were an expensive item to purchase).

Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.

 Bananas can help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.

Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.

Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.

Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.

Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.

Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.

High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke. 

Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.

 

So what are you waiting for, go bananas a enjoy this recipe!  

 

 

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