Today I thought I would share my favorite banana bread recipe with you. Banana bread is something we have a lot around my house. For starters I always seem to have bananas that need using before they hit the compost bin. I don’t know about you, but I just hate wasting food. Sometimes I will freeze them for my favorite smoothie recipes but more often than not they are used to make banana bread. My 4 ½ year old little guy just loves it! I recently realized that I needed to make a better effort to make sure that his diet is healthier and one place I thought I would start is with my banana bread recipe. The truth is that healthy banana bread recipes can be hard to find, and sadly they can often disappoint! Still, I’m always looking for healthy bread recipes.
I think that most of you know that baking with quinoa isn’t something I’ve done much of. It’s not that I don’t bake, because I do. In fact, if I am going to be away from home for more than I week I’ve been known to take my trusty Viking Stand Mixer with me. (If you are in the market for a high end mixer there is none better – Mine is seven years old has been severely abused and works like a charm. The blender attachment –fabulous!) I wouldn’t say that I am an “expert” baker but the truth is that I’ve been baking longer than I’ve been cooking so I’m not really sure what had taken me so long to jump on the quinoa flour bandwagon.
This recipe came from one on All Recipes but the original was not healthy at all but it was a prime candidate to become a quinoa flour banana bread recipe. I will be the first to admit that this banana bread recipe is not one that you would find under the category of clean eating but it is a healthier version of the traditional that you can feel good about giving your children. There is no sacrifice in taste at all so only you will know that there is a little extra protein in there to balance out the sugar! Of course, if you don’t have quinoa flour you can substitute white or whole wheat. (or you can buy it here) You could also add in more of the quinoa flour and reduce the amount of the white flour. I’ve left it like this because I think it’s at the point where absolutely no one will complain about it being “ healthy banana bread “. I really like this quinoa banana bread recipe…but chances are I will make some tweaks to see how far I can take the “healthy factor”! I also think banana muffins would be great….what do you think?
Recipe: Banana Bread Recipe
Summary: A phenomenal banana bread recipe soon to be the favorite of your husband and little monkeys alike
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- ½ cup quinoa flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup non-fat Greek Yogurt
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 2 medium bananas, mashed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl combine sugar and butter.
- Blend in eggs, one at a time.
- Add vanilla and mix well.
- In a separate bowl combine flours, baking soda and salt. Add to the mixing bowl and blend completely.
- Add in Greek yogurt, walnuts and bananas and blend until smooth.
- Spray a 9×5 loaf pan and place mixture in pan.
- Bake at 350 for one hour. You know it is done when a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and then place on a wire rack to finish cooling. (That is, unless your family is already begging you to cut it.)
My family just loved this! My dad – who is always quick to turn his nose up at food he doesn’t like – said it was the best banana bread ever. My 4 ½ year old ate almost 1/3 of the pan the first day! Thoughts for the future – I am going to try using applesauce next and also adding in some ground flax seeds. I know that the EFA’s in ground flax don’t survive baking, but the fiber content is still there. I would have done these things this time, but I didn’t want to change too many things at once to the point I couldn’t tell what went wrong! It’s a great start on a healthy banana bread recipe!
Cooking time (duration):15
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 12
Meal type: snack
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
Next time, I’m going to make a quinoa banana bread that uses quinoa in addition to quinoa flour.