Healthy Banana Bread

Growing up some of my fondest memories include baking with my family; or should I say eating all of the baked goods after with my family while we enjoy a TV show or a movie.  We didn’t stay still for a long time, so this was a much needed time for rest in our busy lives.  My favorite part about baking was giving it to family and friends as gifts; it is crazy how much joy those cookie dough truffles I created would bring to someone’s face.

*maybe one day I will post my cookie dough truffles recipe

I was very young when I decided I wanted to go into the health and fitness industry about 14 or 15 when I made my mind up.  Every single nutrition class I could fit into my school schedule I took until there were no more classes left for my school to offer me.  So, I took an independent study my senior year.  All of these classes I learned more and more about the harsh effects that sugar natural and artificial sugar had on the body.  As I got older, I took more classes read more books, and gained experience learned how grey nutrition was.  There was no black and white and staying on an extremely strict diet was very hard to do.  All most people can afford to do is make the best choices when given the options.  With that being said one tradeoff I cannot afford to lose is baking.   Especially baking banana bread, and like I said before all anyone can do is make the best choices when given the options.

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Some options that I chose will be vegetable oil instead of butter; honey, instead of sugar; water, instead of milk; and I add ginger because it gives it that extra pow pow.

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Today I am going to be making banana bread with the best options that I currently have at my house under this stay home order.   I have looked at so many banana bread recipes, so I picked out what I liked and added in what else was around.  If you enjoy my recipe, please share it with a friend and leave a comment below.

Healthy Banana Bread

Serves 8 | Prep Time 15 minutes | Total Time 1 hour and 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup vegetable oil

½ cup of honey

¼ cup of water

3 mashed ripe bananas

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

½ teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon of ground ginger

1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×5 pan
  2. Mash your bananas with a fork and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix together oil and honey. Once it has combined beat in eggs, banana and milk one at a time.
  4. Add in baking soda, vanilla, salt, and spices at once and mix together with a whisk.
  5. Then slowly fold in the flour with a large spatula.
  6. Add in any additional mix-ins.
  7. Pour batter into your bread pans. Add any additional garnishments.
  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until fully baked. Test with a toothpick.
  9. Let cool and enjoy!
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