The Healthiest Banana Bread You Wouldn’t Think Was Healthy

IMG_3516I don’t think I’ve ever made the same banana bread twice. I have this (sometimes rather annoying) habit of refusing to follow instructions (even my own), so when I get to adding ingredients I can’t help but skip some one day and add others the next. With banana bread this is okay, I think – it’s a remarkably easy thing to make, and probably the most versatile food known to mankind.

I mean think about it – it’s basic purpose is to recycle unwanted fruit.

Have some old, brown, unsavory bananas on your counter? Why not make an absolutely scrumptious quick bread with them? (There are a thousand other great things to do with overripe bananas, but just go with me, here.) Okay, so what about a bunch of ripe avocados? … Yes, guilty. This banana bread has avocados. But you would never know. And it made it extremely moist.

IMG_3505When I make banana bread, it’s often a spur-of-the-moment ingredient addition that makes the bread unique. This time, it was the avocado, dates, and agave. Once it was carrots. A big one is Greek yogurt. Sometimes it’s peanut butter. I am a big advocate for not following banana bread recipes simply because – well, everyone has their own tastes. This was my own tasty adventure, and I understand if it sounds too weird for you to attempt. Maybe your rendition can have all purpose flour rather than graham flour, sugar rather than agave, and chocolate chips rather than dehydrated blueberries.

What’s your favorite banana bread recipe?

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The Healthiest Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS:

2 ripe bananas
3/4 cup mashed avocado
1/2 cup finely chopped dates
1/2 cup agave nectar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cups old fashioned whole wheat (graham) flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
whatever add-ins you want (I used dried blueberries and chopped almonds)

METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mash bananas and avocados and mix well. Add finely chopped dates to banana and avocado mixture and let soak up some moisture. Continue to add agave, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, egg, and lemon juice. Stir well.

2. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix until just combined. Add in whichever add-ins you’d like. Put batter in a greased bread pan and bake at 350F for 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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5 thoughts on “The Healthiest Banana Bread You Wouldn’t Think Was Healthy

    1. Not in the least. You should try baking with it! It’s a great substitute, especially in quick breads because it retains the moisture as if you used butter, but it isn’t greasy at all.

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