Nothing says ”fall is here let’s get cosy” as the smell of banana bread around the house. I have been using the same recipe for a long time, and it it very easy, as most of the time I’ll bake with children. The result is always amazing and just the thought of having a decent recipe that I can count on on every time is pretty cool.
That is why I would love to share it with you, as you might be looking for one just now. I searched for a healthy one and stumbled upon that one. Its from the blog called ”Cookie and Kate” from the author Kathryn Taylor. The reason I prefer healthier versions is as I am not too comfortable to give children lots of unnatural sugars or white flower. I think these ingredients have no nutritional value for them or anyone, and they really need only the best to grown up to be healthy and strong. Ingredients in this recipe are whole and good while they still make the yummiest banana bread you will have. Sometimes we make it in to a muffins and sometimes in to a loaf, really depends on the mood.
Here it is:
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil or high quality vegetable oil* ( I always use coconut)
- ½ cup honey or maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)
- ¼ cup milk of choice or water (I always got for water)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (NOT baking powder)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
- 1 ¾ cups whole wheat white flour ( I always use spelt flour or buckwheat )
- Totally optional: ½ cup mix-ins like chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, raisins, chopped dried fruit, fresh banana slices…
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
- 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 — when making this with children it is so fun if you say these are little snow mans that are melting)
- 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.
- Divide batter in 12 muffin cases evenly (even better if the are colourful or have on them something Disney!)
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before eating – HAHA IF YOU CAN! (if making a loaf you will probably need about 55-60 min in the oven)
To add a few notes.
When making it with tiny humans, it’s best to prepare everything out already measured. Depending on the age, you might want to measure it together and practice. Let them do as much as possible, it does not matter if there is a few shells when the beat the eggs-you can pick them out! Stirring is their favourite thing, but mostly, being included, no matter the job. There is nothing better than seeing their little faces light up, when they can do the grown up things and than see the final product.
Hope you will love the recipe as we do! Please let me know if you make it, tag me or leave a comment!
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The Lovely Nanny xx