Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Healthy Eating Month: Banana Bread

Brisbane Food Blogging is really going ahead. When I started blogging I wasn't aware of the whole new world I was tuning into. It is absolutely fabulous that there are so many food bloggers, they are all quite lovely and make a great little community. One food blogger who is new to the scene, but already has a fabulous blog is Leah from Sugar Snapped. I came accross Leah's blog when she commented on my blog and have been following her blog ever since. Leah describes herself as 'a 20-something girl, living in Brisbane Australia. She has a passion for cooking, food and sustainability and posts some great recipes!

Banana bread seems healthy enough, but some banana breads contain enough sugar to feed a town. Leah has given us a healthier version of the traditional sugar packed bread that still tastes great!

"I'm quite new to blogging scene, but I enjoy it so much - even if no one out there is reading! This is a really easy, quick banana bread, that is very good for you! I have a weakness for all things sweet, so this meets that need without dosing me up on too much refined sugar. If you're feeling very virtuous you could even omit the sugar entirely - but make sure your bananas are very ripe!

Healthy banana bread

Ingredients
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cup wholemeal flour
1 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
1/4 tsp nutmeg (or to taste)
140g plain natural yoghurt (low fat also works)
Dash of vanilla (to taste)
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped or food processed (optional or you can sub in nuts of your choice)

Directions
Preheat your oven to about 150*.
In a small bowl, mash the banana, and add the brown sugar, yoghurt, egg and vanilla. Mix well.
Sift the flour, bicarb soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and add to the wet ingredients. You can add the nuts here if you want or leave til the end.
Gently fold together until combined - be careful not to overmix.
Spray a loaf tin with cooking spray and pour the batter into the pan. Top with nuts if you wish.
Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
Let cool for 5 minutes, then tip out of the pan and cool for 10 more minutes before slicing."



Thanks very much to Leah for her post.

What about you readers- have you got great tasting healthier alternatives?

8 fabulous comments:

Kristy Sayer said...

Mmm I love banana bread and I agree, some banana breads call for wayyyy too much sugar.
Another thing to do is substitute applesauce for sugar :)

Denea said...

NOMMMM

Lucy said...

Gorgeous. Looks grand - who needs all that extra sugar, right?

Claire said...

Looks great! We make a double batch of a similar version every second weekend or so, and freeze a loaf - my sons love it toasted for brekky with a little greek yoghurt. The last batch I made was using wholemeal organic flour I bought from Rocklea markets - $15 for a 5kg bag. Kiddies weren't any the wiser on how healthy their "treat" was. The only difference in my recipe is that I still add butter to the mix, but I like to replace some of the butter component with Coconut Oil - of which, despite its detractors, I am a big fan of in terms of health benefits.

Amy @ Ess Eppis said...

Nom Nom Nom.

I love banana bread. I use some homemade apple sauce instead of yogurt for that extra moist taste. I also love the combo of banana & blueberries instead of nuts. Especially now we are coming up on blue berry season and they will be cheap & plentiful at the farmer's market.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I'm really liking the idea of making it sugar free! I always seem to have some ripe bananas in the freezer so thankyou for this! :D

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

Wonderful! My idea of making my banana bread healthy is to use honey instead of sugar. Most probably still as many calories but just less refined =p

Anonymous said...

I've just made this and it smells delicious! I'm all for using wholemeal and healthier ingredients. The less sugar and fat the better!

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