When I first started to “healthy bake”, a lot of my cookies and muffins turned out like rocks. My avocado, black bean brownies needed peanut butter to taste good. My chickpea cookie tasted like, well, chickpeas. But THIS BREAD has always been #1 in my heart. It tastes like banana bread, but BETTER. And you feel great about eating it knowing what’s going inside this magnificent nugget of banana goodness.
There’s just something satisfying about watching your bananas grow all old and brown, knowing you don’t have to throw them away. Instead you can make something delicious! I love to bake this on a Sunday afternoon. I’ve got a quick breakfast, a nutritious snack, or a great dessert for the next week all ready to go.
This bread taught me some healthy substitutions I use on the regs for other baked goodies. Whole wheat flour is perfect in bread and muffins – I never taste a difference. Maple syrup or honey instead of sugar makes your treats just as sweet without the guilt. Greek yogurt adds moisture. Olive oil or coconut oil instead of butter makes your heart a little happier. And DARK CHOCOLATE makes the world go ’round. But actually, it has antioxidants and give this bread just the touch of decadence it needs!
FUN BAKING TIP: When you’re measuring ingredients like honey, maple syrup, or peanut butter, spray your measuring cup with cooking spray first. The ingredient will slide right out into the bowl!
Whip up this badass banana bonanza bread this week and let me know how it goes! Remember to follow @anappleadayonline on Instagram and check back for some new recipes next week.
- 1½ cups whole wheat flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 large bananas)
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp. olive oil or coconut oil
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla
- 1½ tbsp. plain coconut milk
- 1 egg + 1 egg white
- ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 8x4 loaf pan with cooking spray.
- Mix dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt - in a large bowl.
- Combine wet ingredients - bananas, maple syrup, greek yogurt, olive oil, vanilla, milk, and eggs -until just mixed. I like to leave my bananas a little chunky so you can find banana pieces in the bread.
- Gradually mix the banana mixture into the dry ingredients until JUST combined!
- Fold in dark chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle bread with a few extra chocolate chips.
- Bake 50-55 minutes or until done. Use a toothpick or knife to test the middle of the bread!
- Enjoy with peanut butter or by itself!