Easter Banana Bread That’s Healthy For Breakfast
Easter banana bread that’s super tasty and surprisingly good for you as well…I bet you didn’t think that would b possible, but guess what? I’ve got the perfect recipe for you right here. Come on, it’s Easter and you deserve to spoil yourself a little. It doesn’t mean you need to blow your goals right out of the window, but you can treat yourself to something naughty (or, not so naughty) every now and then.
Ever since I was a kid, the one sweet treat I loved was banana bread. This is mainly because it’s simple and doesn’t feel like you’re eating an overly rich dessert. However, any traditional banana bread recipe usually involves a lot of refined sugar and entire blocks of butter or more. Not very beneficial to the waistline or the heart at all.
I like this easter banana bread recipe because it’s much lighter than normal recipes and cuts back on the ingredients you don’t want. Having said that, it doesn’t sacrifice on flavor so the recipe replaces these ingredients with good-for-you ingredients. I mean, bananas are sweet enough – so you don’t require sugar as well. This recipe uses the banana for its natural sweetness.
Easter Banana Bread Recipe
The yummiest part about biting into a piece of banana bread for me is the texture. It needs to be very moist and slightly gummy to chew. How do you achieve this kind of texture without oil? Well, according to Chocolate Covered Katie, you need to pack in 1 1/2 cups of mashed banana when preparing this recipe.
Bananas have a naturally creamy texture and even without oil, you can still achieve this effect. However, having some oil is not all bad and we do require healthy fats. So, if you don’t want to omit the oil entirely, then it’s perfectly fine to add a tablespoon of grapeseed oil to achieve an extra creamy texture at the end. Your bread will turn out soft and light either way!
What’s the best part? This recipe is really quick and easy to make. And you can store the leftovers easily in your freezer, all you need to do is slice the bread up. You can pull out a piece and enjoy it for breakfast or a snack whenever you’re craving it. You can enjoy the bread sweet or savory and it’s totally optional whether or not you choose to add chocolate chips.
I enjoy eating my banana bread plain or with some plain Greek yogurt and a spoon of peanut butter. If you’ve got more of a sweet tooth, then add your chocolate chips, home-made nut butter or icing as a treat.
Banana Bread Serving Suggestions
Actually, this recipe uses plain yogurt in it to enhance the creamy and soft texture. There is also a dash of maple syrup instead of refined sugar. However, I would keep this optional. If you’re like me and don’t enjoy really sweet food then leave it out.
By adding an extra banana, you are automatically going to make your bread sweeter without adding sugar of any kind. If you’re Vegan then you can also use coconut milk yogurt, cashew yogurt, soy yogurt, and almond milk yogurt in this recipe. Therefore, you are free to experiment to see what works best for you – it’s an incredibly versatile recipe.
It’s Easter, so it’s also good to add some exciting flavors. Try using strawberry, peaches, or even blueberry yogurt for an exciting and subtle flavor twist. Better yet, you can use up all the bananas in your house, especially the ones you think are going off.
Easter Banana Bread Recipe
- 2 cups whole wheat, almond or oat flour (240g)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- A 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon, optional
- 1 1/2 cup mashed, overripe bananas (360g)
- 1/2 cup yogurt, either Greek, coconut, cashew or almond milk yogurt
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave (optional)
- 1 tablespoon olive/coconut oil OR milk of choice
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips, (optional)
Turn your oven to 350 F. You will need to grease a 9×5 loaf pan or line with parchment. Set aside. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk liquid ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour wet into dry, and stir to form a batter.
Smooth into the prepared pan. If desired, press chocolate chips into the top. Bake on the center rack 40 minutes, then do not open the oven door but turn off the heat and let sit in the closed oven 10 additional minutes. If your bread is still undercooked at this time, simply turn the oven back on and continue baking—checking every 5 minutes–until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
Allow your Easter banana bread cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight. I always find that anything you bake will have a better texture and taste the next day or day after that. Leftovers can be sliced and frozen for up to a month.
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