Can banana bread be healthy? Indeed it can.
If you’re looking for a healthy version of the much-loved stodgy treat, Stéphanie Nehmé, Clinical Dietitian at Dubai’s Right Bite has just the one – each slice is about 200 calories and who can complain about that?
Since 2004, Right Bite has been delivering freshly prepared, personalised, healthy meal plans across Dubai – to find out more visit www.rightbite.com.
And now on to the healthy banana bread…
• 2 cups all-purpose flour or brown flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1 pinch salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 eggs
• 1 tsp vanilla seeds or 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup sugar (you can also use brown sugar but it will give it a less fluffy texture)
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 3 puréed ripe bananas
• Optional: 1/2 cup cacao nibs or 1/2 cup raw walnuts, coarsely chopped
• Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon) and set aside.
• In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla extract and sugar with a cake mixer for two minutes, adding oil gradually while mixing continuously until all the ingredients are combined. Keep the wet mixture aside.
• In a bowl add the bananas gradually along with the dry mixture to the wet mixture, and mix it for one minute.
• If using cacao nibs or walnuts, this is when you mix them in using a big spoon.
• Lightly brush a non-stick rectangular pan with oil and pour the cake mixture into the pan and spread using a spoon.
• Cook in a preheated oven (180°C or 356°F) for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
• Set aside to cool down and once cooled, divide into 15 equal-sized pieces and serve.
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