Ever wonder what to do with your extra ripe bananas?
Fun fact about me: I HATE eating ripe bananas by themselves–I much prefer my banana in the “perfectly yellow” stage–anyone else with me?
When I am low on time, rather than just throwing my overly ripe bananas in the compost pile, I like to peel & freeze them so I can later add to oatmeal or smoothies. BUT when I have extra time on my hands (like all of us during this quarantine phase), I love to bake with them!
Ripe bananas are a great addition to basically any baked good–cookies, muffins, brownies–and quick breads! Not only does it add a sweet element to baked goods, but mashed bananas can also substitue oils or butter in a recipe.
Banana nut bread is probably one of the most popular quick breads out there-so hopefully you’ll give mine a try! This is no lie-the BEST quick bread I have ever made–and I’ve made a lot!
The best part? This banana nut bread contains wholesome, nourishing ingredients! While there is a time and a place for rich & dense sweets & desserts, I like to make nourishing treats because:
*they still satisfy my sweet tooth
*they keep me full (more fiber)
*they make my body FEEL good
Intuitive eating is all about eating what make your body FEEL good–sometimes it may be white sugar + white flour + buttery banana nut bread–but most of the time (for me!) it will be the quick bread with more fiber + less sugar + more nourishing ingredients. All foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle!
On to the recipe:
Easy & Healthy Banana Nut Bread
*2 ripe bananas
*1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
*splash of vanilla extract
*1/4 cup coconut sugar (can sub white sugar, maple syrup or honey)
*1/2 cup oat flour (place 1/2 cup old fashioned oats in blender, blend until flour consistency)
*3/4 cup 100% whole wheat flour
*1 Tablespoon baking soda
*1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*3/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts work best)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a bread pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add bananas. Mash well.
3. Add applesauce, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.
4. Add coconut sugar, oat flour, and whole wheat flour. Lightly mix.
5. Add baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Lightly mix until all ingredients are coated.
6. Fold in chopped nuts.
7. Pour bread mixture into parchment paper lined bread pan.
8. Bake at 350 F for 50 minutes.
This banana nut bread makes a great breakfast accompanied with some eggs or protein rich smoothie! Perfect for meal prepping.
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Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
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