One of the most common things I hear throughout the day is, “I’m hunnngggrryyy!!!!” Usually by my beanpole 6 year old who apparently needs 7,000 calories a day to maintain life. I really like to bake and I modify recipes to make them healthier. What kid doesn’t love to snack? Here is a sweet treat you can feel good about feeding to your kids. Here is my take on banana bread, a delicious snack, with a healthy twist.
Banana Bread Ingredients
- 3 over-ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter (I do a mix of red palm and coconut oil too)
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- 3/4 cup sugar (I do a mix of organic and brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- soften butter in a large glass mixing bowl
- add in eggs, bananas and sugar and beat well with hand mixer
- add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well
After the ingredients are combined let the batter sit on your counter for a few hours. Why? Wheat is very high in phytic acid which acts like an anti-nutrient in the human body. It prevents the absorption of nutrients and can cause inflammation in the digestive tract. Allowing the wheat to soak in a medium acid (yogurt) for a few hours breaks down most of the phytic acid and greatly increases the digestibility of the bread. more info- http://thenourishinghome.com/2012/03/how-to-soak-grains-for-optimal-nutrition/ Soaking also give a softer, denser loaf with a better rise.
A few hours later set your oven to 350 degrees and pour your batter into a greased standard glass loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes and then lower the temperature to 325 for the last 20 minutes (to fully bake without over-browning) for a total 60 minutes baking time.