Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Whole Wheat Honey Banana Bread
Staying on trend with the healthy and sensible sweets I've decided to share with you an awesome recipe for Banana bread. Last year during the holidays Husband couldn't get enough of this banana bread and this season was no different. There are some fantastic recipes out there for this very traditional staple and by no means will this particular recipe blow the mind of your grandmother but if you're like us and you want to enjoy little things like banana bread without wanting to run to the gym immediately afterwards then read on and give this sweet treat a try.

This quick bread is anchored by whole wheat flour (definitely adds fantastic texture) and sweetened primarily by super ripe bananas (I'm talking straight up almost about to rot on your kitchen counter ripe) and a hint of honey. It's extremely moist and very hearty- one modest slice is all you need to feel satisfied. =) Well, let's get on with it I suppose.

  • Here's what you need:
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup honey, depending on your taste, usually 1/4 cup is just right for us
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about two large)
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (we use ON Gold standard, Banana flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare loaf pan with parchment paper.

Combine oil, honey, and vanilla extract in large bowl. Add eggs and banana and mix until well incorporated. Add flour, protein powder, and salt. In a small bowl add baking soda to hot water and mix until dissolved then add to mixture and stir once more. At this point you can gently fold in your chopped nuts and then pour into prepared pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes. 

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