I’m all about finding healthy recipes and making them even healthier! I’ve been using this recipe, adapted from Kookies and Cate, for a few years now. I made it my own by using sprouted flours and adding seeds like chia and hemp to up the nutritiousness!
It’s a tradition when we stay at our cabin to make this one of the mornings. The boys help me with the recipe (and fight a lot about who cracks the eggs and smashes the bananas). and since it takes about an hour to bake we all wait with impatience while smelling the incredible deliciousness baking in the oven.
When it’s done, we rejoice and indulge in yumminess.
Maybe make it one of your traditions too?
Let’s do this:
Healthy Homemade Banana Bread:
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 pasture raised eggs
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)
- 1/2 cup milk nut milk (I use homemade cashew milk… here is a recipe to make your own)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (NOT baking powder; they aren’t the same!)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
- 1 cup organic sprouted spelt or einkorn flour. (Any flour will do but opting for healthier versions is best!)
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup organic raw walnuts
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper
- In a large bowl, beat the oil and maple syrup together together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well, then whisk in the mashed bananas and milk. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, simply let the bowl rest in a warm place for a few minutes, like on top of your stove, or warm it for about 10 seconds in the microwave.)
- Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to blend. Lastly, switch to a big spoon and stir in the flour, just until combined. Some lumps are ok! If you’re adding any additional mix-ins, gently fold them in now.
- Pour the batter into your lined loaf pan. Make sure to center the parchment paper on the pan and poor slowly to mold the paper into the loaf pan. Then sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. If you’d like a pretty swirled effect, run the tip of a knife across the batter in a zig-zag pattern.
- Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (typically, if I haven’t added any mix-ins, my bread is done at 55 minutes; if I have added mix-ins, it needs closer to 60 minutes). Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 10 minutes. Remove with parchment paper and slice.
Boom enjoy as-is or smothered in grass-fed butter!
Finding healthy recipes and adding your spin is part of the fun in creating food for your family. It’s fun to try new things and add more nourishment to your food. Make the creation process a family event as teaching our kids about healthy food lays the foundation for years to come.
Do you love banana bread? What would you add… or take away? Please share!
Live Hippily.. and make healthy recipes healthier!!