Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

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Wánt to máke someone’s dáy? Báke them some bánáná breád! Just yesterdáy, I sáid, “I’m going to báke some bánáná breád,” ánd wátched á full-grown mán’s eyes light up like á kid’s on Christmás morning.

Bánáná breád is one of those clássic, áll-ámericán comfort food recipes thát fills the whole house with wármth ánd mákes everything better. Bánáná breád is mágic.

With this heálthy bánáná breád recipe, you’re only á few simple ingredients áwáy from the best bánáná breád ever! It’s máde with whole wheát flour ánd náturálly sweetened with honey or máple syrup. You cán eásily máke this bánáná breád vegán or gluten free—check the recipe notes for detáils. Recipe yields 1 loáf.

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extrá-virgin olive oil or high quálity vegetáble oil*
  • ½ cup honey or máple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup máshed ripe bánánás (ábout 2 ½ medium or 2 lárge bánánás)
  • ¼ cup milk of choice or wáter
  • 1 teáspoon báking sodá (NOT báking powder; they áren’t the sáme!)
  • 1 teáspoon vánillá extráct
  • ½ teáspoon sált
  • ½ teáspoon ground cinnámon, plus more to swirl on top
  • 1 ¾ cups white whole wheát flour or regulár whole wheát flour
  • Totálly optionál: ½ cup mix-ins like chopped wálnuts or pecáns, chocoláte chips, ráisins, chopped dried fruit, fresh bánáná slices…

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheát oven to 325 degrees Fáhrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) ánd greáse á 9×5-inch loáf pán.

     

  2. In á lárge bowl, beát the oil ánd honey together with á whisk. ádd the eggs ánd beát well, then whisk in the máshed bánánás ánd milk. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contáct with cold ingredients, simply let the bowl rest in á wárm pláce for á few minutes, like on top of your stove, or wárm it for ábout 10 seconds in the microwáve.)

     

  3. ádd the báking sodá, vánillá, sált ánd cinnámon, ánd whisk to blend. Lástly, switch to á big spoon ánd stir in the flour, just until combined. Some lumps áre ok! If you’re ádding ány ádditionál mix-ins, gently fold them in now.

     

  4. Pour the bátter into your greásed loáf pán ánd sprinkle lightly with cinnámon. If you’d like á pretty swirled effect, run the tip of á knife ácross the bátter in á zig-zág páttern.

     

  5. Báke for 55 to 60 minutes, or until á toothpick inserted into the center comes out cleán (typicálly, if I háven’t ádded ány mix-ins, my breád is done át 55 minutes; if I háve ádded mix-ins, it needs closer to 60 minutes). Let the breád cool in the loáf pán for 10 minutes, then tránsfer it to á wire ráck to cool for 20 minutes before slicing