Bananas are a powerful superfood! They are also a great food for weight loss as they are packed pectin, a resistant starch that helps reduce appetite and keep you full. Eating them when they are slightly ripe (with a tiny bit of green on the skin) further promotes this. They also promote brain health as they contain an amino acid known as tryptophan, which is a precursor for the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter serotonin. It doesn’t stop there. They are also filled with two essential minerals, potassium and magnesium, that help with muscle function. If you are prone to muscle cramps, eating a banana may help. With this powerful superfood, I decided to make it into a naturally nourishing bread to help keep me warm in the winter.
Naturally Nora Tips:
- Breakfast or snack: pair with 1-2 tbsp of your favourite sugar free nut butter. I even like to slice a slightly unripe banana to place on top of the nut butter spread on top of the banana bread. Banana goodness everywhere!
- Pre or post workout: this banana bread not only gives you a boost of energy after it’s eaten to help energize you for workout, but it also helps balance blood sugar and fuel your muscles after a workout. Grab a slice or two as a pre or post workout snack when you’re pressed for time.
- Are you Gluten Free? try my Gluten Free Spicy Banana Flax Bread
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 mashed overripe bananas
- ½ cup sugar free applesauce
- ¾ cup honey
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with coconut oil. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey, then stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well all ingredients are well blended.
- Stir banana mixture into flour mixture, just to moisten.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes.
- Tip to check if ready: insert a toothpick into center of the loaf until it comes out clean.
- Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack.