Are you someone who loves bread or baked foods but needs the healthy ones because the regular white bread is mainly simple carbs? Look no further and try this healthy banana nut bread that is made with whole foods and almond nuts. It is not just delicious but made with super foods and loaded with nutrients.
Nutrition is a major factor that determines the state of your health. I consciously choose healthier food options as substitutes for unhealthy or not so healthy ones for stronger body and good health. Eating whole foods will supply the body with multiple essential nutrients than a restrictive diet. Food lovers who want to live a healthy and active life can always choose healthy food alternatives. Adding nuts and spices to baking is a great way to enrich food and improve its taste and flavor.
1 3/4 whole wheat flour
3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup of milk (I used almond)
1/2 cup of oil-I used olive oil
1/3 cup of honey
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt (optional)
1/3 cup of crushed almonds
1/4 or less cup of flaked almonds (For topping)
Preheat the oven at 325 F
In a large bowl, mash bananas very well and add the wet ingredients which is milk, eggs, oil, honey and vanilla. Mix together (I used a manual hand mixer) so that it is smooth with minimal lumps.
Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and a pinch of salt and mix smooth. Add the crushed almond and mix again. Grease bread pan and pour the mixture into bread pan. Place the almond flakes on top and bake for 50-55 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean). Allow it to cool and enjoy!
Why this banana nut bread is healthy
Whole grain wheat was used in place of regular white flour because it is a complex carb that is rich in fiber and antioxidants. Coconut oil is also a healthy oil that contains saturated fat which helps to stabilize cell membranes and also contains antimicrobial properties. Almonds contained in the bread are one of the healthiest nuts or foods on earth. They are rich in healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids). Almonds are also a great source of vitamin E, fiber and magnesium. Honey which is a natural sugar was used in place of refined sugar. Banana is also a rich source fiber, vitamins C and B6 and also potassium.
This bread also contains cinnamon which is a healthy spice.
Ways to enjoy this healthy banana nut bread.
A Slice of this bread can be enjoyed as a breakfast meal with a cup of tea or coffee, omelet and some vegetables or fruits like cherry tomatoes, apples and berries to make a power breakfast to kick start your day. You can also snack on this delicious bread between meals if you decide for opt for some other meal for breakfast.
This banana bread is also great for weight control or weight loss because it contains complex carbs and protein which increases satiety and slows down digestion because of its high fiber content. So what are you waiting for? Try this healthy banana nut bread and let us know in the comment section how it went.
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