Bake It: (healthyish) Banana Bread
If you want to make your lovers eyes light up, simply say the words "I'm making banana bread". I swear, my husband looked as happy as a kid on Christmas morning, and lovelies, I'm sharing with you my go-to delicious (and comparatively healthy) banana bread recipe. It's a one-bowl recipe which makes for easy clean up, and can easily be doubled (extra bonus: if you have a toddler like me, they will LOVE it too!). Enjoy!
Adapted from Cookie and Kate
⅓ cup melted coconut oil
½ cup maple syrup
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)
¼ cup milk of choice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
a dash of cardamom (optional)
1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
Optional: ½ cup mix-ins like chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, raisins, chopped dried fruit, fresh banana slices…
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
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.)
Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom and whisk to blend. Lastly, switch to a big spoon and stir in the flour, just until combined. Some lumps are ok! If you’re adding any additional mix-ins, gently fold them in now.
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.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (typically, if I haven’t added any mix-ins, my bread is done at 55 minutes; if I have added mix-ins, it needs closer to 60 minutes). 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.
I like mine with a big pat of butter or if eating for breakfast, a bit of peanut butter will make you feel like you're treating yourself to dessert in the morning. Nom!
Until next time,