Healthy Banana Bread

Want to make someone’s day? Bake them some banana bread! Just yesterday, I said, “I’m going to bake some banana bread,” and watched a full-grown man’s eyes light up like a kid’s on Christmas morning.

Banana bread is one of those classic, comfort food recipes that fills the whole house with warmth and makes everything better. Banana bread is magic.

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    Prep Time:

      10 mins

        Cook Time:

          55 mins

            Total Time:

              1 hour 5 minutes

                Yield:

                  1 loaf

                    INGREDIENTS

                    • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil or high quality vegetable oil
                    • ½ cup honey
                    • 2 eggs
                    • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)
                    • ¼ cup milk of choice or water
                    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
                    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                    • ½ teaspoon salt
                    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
                    • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
                    • ½ cup mix-ins like chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, raisins, chopped dried fruit or fresh banana slices

                    INSTRUCTIONS

                    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
                    2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well, then whisk in the mashed bananas and milk. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, simply let the bowl rest in a warm place for a few minutes, like on top of your stove, or warm it for about 10 seconds in the microwave.)
                    3. Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to blend. Lastly, switch to a big spoon and stir in the flour, just until combined. Some lumps are ok! If you’re adding any additional mix-ins, gently fold them in now.
                    4. Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. If you’d like a pretty swirled effect, run the tip of a knife across the batter in a zig-zag pattern.
                    5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (typically, if I haven’t added any mix-ins, my bread is done at 55 minutes; if I have added mix-ins, it needs closer to 60 minutes). Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before slicing.

                    NOTES

                    *OIL OPTIONS: I love coconut oil here. I used unrefined coconut oil and can hardly taste it in the final product. Olive oil might lend an herbal note to the muffins, if you’re into that. Vegetable oil has a neutral flavor, but the average vegetable/canola oil is highly processed, so I recommend using cold-pressed sunflower oil or grape seed oil if possible.

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