I always buy double the amount of bananas I THINK I need in the hope that the family doesn’t eat them quick enough and the only option is to make a loaf of Banana Bread. My 6 year old son and I keep a very close eye on the fruit bowl for those black spots.
The best bananas for Banana Bread are the ones that are truly yucky looking, all black spotted skin and squidgy inside. They produce the best flavor. If you only have one or two getting into this gloriously disgusting state at a time, then peel them, chop them and pop them in the freezer until you have a few more. Then defrost and get baking.
There are lots of recipes for healthy banana bread out there, I’ve tried so many and pretty much loved them all. For this one, I actually started with my old favourite recipe (pre healthy journey) which was full of sugar and mountains of butter. Really delicious but not the best for our bodies, huh?
So I played around with that recipe, switched some ingredients for healthier alternatives, tweaked a few things here and there and this is the result.
We love it. Hope you do too.
- 1 ¼ cups wholemeal plain flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- ½ teaspoon salt (I like to use pink Himalayan but any salt will do)
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted and set aside
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 eggs
- 4 small/medium very ripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
Set your oven to 170 degrees C and grease and line your loaf tin (I used one that’s about 12cm x 20cm).
Mash your bananas in a small bowl.
Mix the honey with the melted coconut oil then add in the eggs one at a time, beating after each egg. I used my stand mixer but you could do this my hand and get an extra upper-body work out 😉
Add the mashed banana and vanilla and mix again.
Then sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb of soda and salt into the bowl and mix again.
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for around an hour, until a skewer comes out clean and your home is full of that delicious smell.
Let it cool for as long as you can bear haha, then slice and enjoy whichever way you please.