Whole-Wheat Banana Almond Bread

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Banana nut bread was always a favorite of mine growing up. While some desserts just aren’t the same after they have been “lightened”, I have always found it a little ridiculous that most banana bread recipes call for a cup of sugar, a half cup of butter and more than a cup of white flour. Banana bread is not something that has to be thought of as a guilty pleasure. With the right ingredients, it can be a healthy addition to the diet as mid-morning snack, a little pre-workout fuel or just a bite after a meal to cure the sweet tooth brought on by a craving for dessert.

The whole wheat flour in this recipe is not just a substitution, but in my opinion, it actually enhances the texture of the bread. The almonds and the plain yogurt both add a bit of nutritional benefit and the honey and bananas give the bread just the right amount of sweetness. There have been a plethora of books written over the years that state why it is a good idea to cut back on sugar intake, but avoiding all baked goods isn’t the only way to eliminate it. A dietitian friend of mine taught me a trick that works great for most baked sweets. Just substitute the amount of sugar in a recipe with half the amount of honey. Make sure to use the real stuff from a reputable source and you may even find that it enhances the flavor. This recipe makes 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the mashed bananas with the yogurt, honey, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture until blended. Do not over mix.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake the loaf for 40 – 50 minutes or until it comes clean with a toothpick.

Note: This bread can be baked as muffins (both big and small) and as small loaves as well. If this recipe isn’t sweet enough for you, then you can add up to 1/4 cup more of the honey or cut the mix with a couple of teaspoons of sugar. Adding a bit of applesauce is another way to add a bit of sweetness as well.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 286 / Fat: 12g / Saturated Fat: 8g / Carbohydrates: 46g / Fiber: 6g / Protein: 6g

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