A healthier recipe for Banana Loaf

A partially sliced loaf of banana bread ready to be shared - Image by © Keller & Keller Photography/the food passionates/Corbis
A partially sliced loaf of banana bread ready to be shared - Image by © Keller & Keller Photography/the food passionates/Corbis

Mother Theresa once said that in India, a woman dying on the street will share her banana with anyone whereas in America (and probably a lot of other countries) people hoard a mass of bananas to sell them at a profit only for them to go bad. In the spirit of Banana Bread Day, don’t let your bananas rot, make use of this easy recipe and share it with someone.

A healthier Banana Loaf recipe

Ingredients:

3 very ripe bananas

1/2 cup honey

3 tablespoons canola oil, plus a little more for oiling the loaf pan

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup chopped walnuts or 3⁄4 cup chocolate chips

Method:

  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Lightly oil a loaf pan.
  • Mash the bananas and mix with the honey, canola oil and vanilla extract.
  • Stir together the whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda and salt. Add the nuts.
  • Blend the two mixtures and spoon into a lightly oiled loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until centre is set.
  • Poke the centre with the back of a fork and if it comes out clean, your cake is ready.

23 Sep 2011 --- Banana cake --- Image by © Lawton/photocuisine/Corbis

Most banana bread recipes are saturated with butter and sugar. This one uses a small amount of canola oil instead – which is much better for your heart. Substitute the sugar with honey and you get added flavour. Don’t use regular whole-wheat flour if you can help it. It is too heavy for this recipe. Look for whole-wheat pastry flour instead.

For a more decadent Banana Cake, try this recipe:

Source: Food.com

 

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