Sugar free, Whole Wheat and high fiber banana bread
So I’ve been experimenting with this recipe using different measurements and ingredients to try and get the best tasting bread while obtaining the healthiest version of it as possible. I came between two. So I’ll share the healthiest one first (the one below). This one is 75% whole wheat and 25 % flax meal. In addition to not containing white flour, I went an extra step further and replaced sugar with honey.
When you’re baking with honey, you need to lower your oven temp by about 25°.You can find this super helpful conversion chart here.
The original recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, so I used 3/4 cup of honey .
Changing out the white flour and sugar definitely changes the smell, texture and overall taste a bit, but does go a long way in making this quite a bit healthier.
Another option you could use is MONK fruit which is now becoming my favorite thing to bake with. It rates at zero on the glycemic index and tastes so close to sugar.
I use the Bob’s Red Mill ground flax seed to add extra fiber because we all could use a bit more fiber in our diets. We should aim to get about 25-35 grams of fiber per day. However according to the American Heart Association, we are only getting about 15 grams a day; which is about 1/2 of what we need.
I try and put ground flax meal in different items we bake or cook. You can add it to pretty much any baked good, or even smoothies! However there is a liquid version that may be better for smoothies.
We also put quite a bit of it in Nai Nai’s Peanut Butter Balls. I’ll post that recipe soon!
In the next post you'll see the version that still has some white flour in it and does have sugar. I always say if you chose quality ingredients, your body and taste buds will thank you!
I buy raw organic cane sugar. It tastes great and then I can ens
ure that when we do have our baked treats, my family isn't being loaded with chemicals. Or, again you can change out the sugar for Monk Fruit Sweetener. You can also find cleaner versions of white flour as well. Bob's Red Mill has an organic, unbleached, unenriched white flour that's a great choice!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know what you think and if you've found any other combinations or replacement of ingredients to work well with your bread!
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup raw honey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about three bananas)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax meal
1/4 cup white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup hot water
In a large bowl, combine butter and honey, then mix in beaten egg and banana , blending until smooth.
In a separate bowl, stir together all purpose flour, salt, baking soda, whole wheat flour and flax meal until thoroughly blended. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture alternately with hot water.
Spoon batter into greeted 9 by 5- inch loaf pan.
Bake in a preheated oven at 300 degrees for about an hour and 10-15 minutes depending on your oven or until bread begins to pull away from sides of pan and wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then turn over onto a rack to cool completely.
Makes 1 loaf.