LUNCHBOX FRIENDLY BANANA BREAD

We all love banana bread, we all love to go to a cafe before work, get a coffee and match it up with a piece of banana bread topped with melted butter, but the trouble is that it is full of ingredients that seem to be healthy but unfortunately aren’t if we are having them nearly everyday.

This recipe is your alternative, it tastes delicious and it actually works to fuel and nourish your body with its  nutrient content.


Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Servings: 12 slices 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 to 4 ripe bananas (large)  - make sure they are ripe like brown brown! :)
  • 2 cups of almond meal (alternatively you can use 2 cups of spelt flour or whole wheat flour)*
  • 100g desiccated coconut (optional)
  • 4 eggs - separated (want to beat the yolk and the white separately)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil (or ⅓ coconut oil)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup chopped walnuts (or nuts of your preference) - toast these on the stove top with 2 tablespoons of water and 1 teaspoon of honey
  • ¼ cup honey (try to use a dark honey)*
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 2 tablespoons LSA
  • Pinch of salt

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius.

  2. Line baking paper around a loaf tin.

  3. Separate your eggs - beat the egg yolk and the egg whites separately.  

  4. In the first bowl, combine your wet ingredients, the mashed banana, egg yolk (lightly beaten), honey, oil and vanilla

  5. Mix the dry ingredients into another bowl, LSA, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda (squeeze the lemon juice), pinch of salt, desiccated coconut and cinnamon

  6. Mix the dry and wet ingredients so they are combined fully.

  7. Slowly combine the egg whites beat to this mix.

  8. Mix the chopped walnuts through the mix.

  9. Evenly spoon the mixture into a loaf tin, lined with baking paper. 

  10. Place the loaf in the oven and cook for approximately 1 hour.  If the top begins to brown too much, cover with a piece of aluminium foil.

NOTES

*The almond meal option is a higher protein option (also a high good fats option) and gluten free, but any of the three options provided are health if you are not gluten free.

*Honey - why I choose honey instead of other sweeteners? Yes, honey is a simple carbohydrate like your regular sugar and contains 38g of fructose in 100g, but the difference is that it is not full of empty calories like ordinary sugar.  The benefits are:

  • Honey has a much lower glycemic index (GI is the rank of conversion of carbohydrate to glucose in the human body) than normal sugar and alternatives, such as rice malt syrup.  
  • Honey contains antibacterial properties.
  • Honey contains antioxidant properties.  

* An alternative sweetener which I would us would be stevia - it is very potent and sweet so only 1 teaspoon is required of the power or drops.

*Not much honey is needed as bananas are pretty sweet and they contain natural sugars and loads of vitamins which can have positive effects on the body.