Once in a while, you will find an over-tanned banana lurking from the corner of your kitchen, pleading for its life and hoping for a last chance of survival.
For all those critical moments, there is one solution – banana bread.
Don’t worry, you won’t be throwing whole bananas into your bread dough. Instead, you make a dough from bananas. Does it make sense?
This is a life saver for all moms who live with little people. Instead of white bread, you can feed them this healthy banana infused bread with oat meal and an extra dose of nuts or raisins, depending on their current addition (raisins still in my case).
So here it is, recipe from Cookie + Kate, with my little twist:
Healthy Banana Bread
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (120 ml)
- 1/2 cup of honey or maple sirup (120 ml)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup mashed bananas (those almost too ripe ones with dark spots all over) (240 ml)
- 1/4 cup milk (I used rice milk) (60 ml)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- sprinkle of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour or fine oat meal which is what I used (225 gr)
- mix of raisins and nuts or chocolate chips, depending on your preference
Step 1: Set the scene – set the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit or 165 degrees Celsius, depending on which language your oven speaks. Unlike traditional bread, this one won’t hold on its own so it needs a loaf pan which you will grease with a bit of butter. Feel free to sign Grease songs.
Step 2: Really difficult – pay attention: mix first all wet ingredients (oil, honey or maple sirup, eggs, milk, vanilla extract and mashed bananas) and then slowly add the dry ingredients. That’s it!
Put in the oven for 55-60 minutes. Stick a toothpick in the centre and when it comes out clean, your bread is done.
You can sprinkle some oats on the top if you prefer. Arrange aesthetically for Instagram shot and slice when it has cooled down.
If you have a toddler at home, let him smell the bread and use it as a special treat when he behaves. Who needs chocolate when you have banana bread!
PS: No trees were harmed in this photoshoot, the blooms were kindly provided by the bushes in our garden. They will grow back in no time.