I thought I’d post an easy healthy banana bread recipe, since I have a lot of fond memories of my mother baking it when I was younger. We always had bananas on hand in the kitchen and she’d use them to make banana bread whenever there were enough leftover. My whole family hated being wasteful, so before they went bad it was always best to use them up somehow. I remember she would also make two batches, one with nuts and one without nuts. I was a bit of a picky eater and wasn’t personally a huge fan of nuts in my bread. Now I don’t really mind so much as it adds a nice texture to the bread and offers many health benefits.
The most popular nuts to add are usually pecans or walnuts. My grandma used to use both for a bit of variety in each bite. Walnuts are high in B-vitamins, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain melatonin which is a hormone that can help you sleep better. Pecans are rich in Magnesium which is a mineral known for having anti-inflammatory benefits and reducing blood pressure. There’s also phosphorus which can help prevent muscle soreness after you exercise or do strenuous activities.
When you make this recipe you can try slightly roasting your nuts beforehand. This lets the natural oils escape and the nuts take on a new more complex flavor. It isn’t a requirement, but it’s something you can experiment with. Some of my friends prefer it compared to just adding raw nuts into the mixture. Since this is a dough recipe you’ll want to be using a high-end blender that can handle a thick recipe. You can also mix it by hand manually of course in the event you don’t have a good blender or mixer. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 2 1/2 bananas (chopped)
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
- Lightly grease a 9×5″ pan
- In a bowl mix the flour, cinnamon, and baking powder.
- Blend your walnuts for a few seconds and pour them into your dry ingredients.
- Add the banana, milk, applesauce, white sugar, brown sugar, and egg into your blender and mix until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into your dry ingredients and mix by hand.
- Pour everything into your lightly greased 9×5″ pan and bake for 60-70 minutes.