Before you mourn your bruised bananas, consider the possibilities banana bread has to offer. Leaving the high-calorie, high-fat ingredients of traditional recipes behind, here are seven alternatives suitable to your healthy lifestyle. From vegan options that sweeten up with apple bites to a recipe made for Paleo devotees, there's a loaf for everyone's overly ripe bananas. Since they are all loaded with good things like omega-3s and fiber, we encourage you to get baking and go bananas!
Quick breads are one of the easiest things to bake and one of the most enthusiastically received gifts. My grandmother must receive at least 20 loaves from friends during the holiday season! She stacks them high in her freezer and pulls them out throughout the year.
I have fond memories as a child, waking up to the smell of banana nut bread reheating in the oven on Christmas morning. Call me strange, but growing up, I soaked bits of toasted banana nut bread in corn grits along with bacon crumbles. I still think it's the most incredible sweet-salty combination.
This recipe is on the cakey side, and it's not overwhelmingly sweet. When I make breakfast breads, I prefer things that are slightly crunchy and complex, which is why I added some wheat flour and a hefty dose of walnuts to the mix. Remarkably, this banana nut bread tastes even better reheated; I recommend toasting thick slices in the oven until the edges become crunchy. Gift this banana nut bread the day of or day after you make it and include a card that recommends the recipient eat it within three days or freeze it for later use.
This sweet treat from whipped is jam packed with chocolate, pumpkin, and banana, and is sure to satiate your sweet tooth guilt-free.
Skinny Chocolate Chip Pumpkin-Banana Bread is moist, delicious, and vegan!
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Love banana bread? Me too! You want to know what I don't love? All of the fat and calories in each slice. I adapted a Weight Watchers recipe, and fell in love with this moist, healthy banana bread. Feel free to sub in half of the flour for whole wheat if desired.
So I have been craving some banana bread lately. I want a moist, tender, chocolately chip banana bread . . . and I'd like it healthy, too, please? No butter? No eggs? No dairy?
Yup. Perfect chocolate-chip banana bread. And it's also gluten-free, so no worries if you have wheat allergies.
OnSugar blogger Sophie's Sweeties has a healthy banana bread recipe that cuts calories by using Kashi cereal, apple sauce, and yogurt.
My mom used to eat a slice of homemade banana bread every morning for breakfast. She would make 10 loaves at a time and freeze them until the last loaf was purely a delicious memory. She made a few loaves with chocolate chips, some with walnuts, and a couple were made plain for my picky brother. No matter the preference, I think everyone would agree that my banana bread is a healthy alternative to my mom's famous staple.
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Banana bread has been one of my favorite foods since I was a little girl. I usually follow a classic banana bread recipe, but this weekend I was inspired to try a little something different. Instead of white flour, I used a whole wheat pastry flour (a healthier alternative to white all-purpose flour). I also included an extra banana, some chia seeds (packed with omega-3s), and a few walnuts (also rich in omega-3s). I also opted to use some dates to help sweeten up the bread instead of so much sugar. It turned out beautifully. I hope you enjoy this bread as much as I do!
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This is my Mom’s famous banana bread recipe. I think it originally came from the red-and-white-checkered Better Homes and Gardens recipe book that everyone who got married in the '70s has. This recipe is a bit updated with less sugar, more fiber, and an insane dose of heart-healthy omega-3s (flaxseed, walnuts, and chia seed gel). To make chia seed gel, mix chia seeds with water: one part seeds, nine parts water, and let sit for 30 minutes.
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Moist, delicious banana bread is one of life's simplest pleasures. It's awesome with coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, or a glass of sparkling wine late in the evening. It's a nostalgic dish that so many enjoy. Wrapped in pretty packaging, banana bread also makes a wonderful edible gift. Most people have strong feelings about mix-ins, but I like to toss in a small handful of chocolate chips for extra richness. While you probably already have a tried-and-trusted banana bread recipe, I thought it was high time I shared mine. Check it out now.