Healthy Banana Bread!

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

Steps

  • 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.

Let cool completely before slicing and enjoy!  20150612_073342

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