My sister and I love baking but also are into our healthy eating so when I saw this recipe on Niomi Smart’s youtube channel I really wanted to give it a go when my sister came to stay with me for a few days. I adapted the recipe slightly to my taste and I also found the mixture to be very doughy rather than a wet batter as is normal for banana bread.
Healthy Banana Bread
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 1 cup rye flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Medjool dates
If you’re dates don’t feel squishy then place them in a bowl of water for a few minutes. If they feel soft enough skip this step.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground almonds, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and a pinch of salt.
Melt the coconut oil in a small pan over a medium heat.
Mash the 3 bananas with the back of a fork until they are smooth and then remove the dates from the water and remove their stones. Mash the dates with the back of a fork too until a thick paste forms.
In a small mixing bowl, mix the mashed bananas, egg and dates together and add the vanilla extract. Add the coconut oil. Pour this wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until combined.
Spoon the mixture into a lined loaf tin. Bake for 35 minutes. After 35 minutes poke a knife through the centre of one of the loaves and remove it. If it is clean, the banana bread is ready.