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Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Want to make someone’s day? Bake them some banana bread! I baked up this delicious and healthy banana bread the other day and it was a huge hit with my mother/ father in-law as well as my hubby. Also, I selfishly love making this for two reasons! 1. This recipe totally takes care of my sweet tooth without derailing my nutrition for the day 2. It makes the house smell AMAZING!

This is the perfect banana bread recipe! It’s fluffy, moist, infused with sweet banana flavor, and a great go to when that sweet tooth craving attacks!

banana bread

banana-bread

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
  • 1 ¾ cups almond flour
  • Totally optional: ½ cup mix-ins like chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, raisins, chopped dried fruit, fresh banana slices…

(In my recipe I used walnuts and dark chocolate chips!)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 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.

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Let me know if you get a chance to try this recipe and how you like it! Also, let me know which add in you used and which were your favorite! Happy baking!

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