Banana Bread – sugar-free, oil-free, & delicious!

A week or so ago I posted (on social media) that I was excited that it was ‘ripe-banana-day’!! It’s sometimes a rare occurrence here because they’re eaten before I can nab ’em!

Before I get to the recipe, I’ll take a few words to let you know how I came up with this one.

I don’t bake very often, but if I choose to, I want to make sure that I am using the healthiest ingredients available — so I opt for honey or maple syrup – in place of sugar, and yogurt in place of oil or other fats. If I don’t have yogurt in the fridge, I will opt for solid organic coconut oil, and I don’t use much!

[And in other news, my boy is on his way to see me so I decided this was the perfect time to toss in a handful of organic dark chocolate chips as choco-banana-bread is his fave!! He’s going to love it when he arrives tomorrow evening.]

Now on with the show! Preheat your oven to 350 and gather your ingredients — plus one med-large bowl, a wooden spoon, a bowl scraper, and 2 loaf pans! Go!

Ingredients {for 2 loaves}

  • 2 cups mashed organic bananas [give or take]
  • 3 eggs – or 3 tbsp ground flax-seed mixed with a bit of water for egg substitute! [it works!]
  • 1 cup [or so] of organic yogurt – I used organic mango yogurt because it’s what I had on hand, but use whatever you have!
  • approx 1/2 cup of raw organic honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup organic whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups of organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of organic dark chocolate chips – or blueberries, or chunks of whatever berry you like — even pineapple goes! Get creative and use whatever you love.

Directions

I’m going to be honest here and let you know that this isn’t a fussy recipe that requires 2 bowls, or making a well in your flour, or whatever…..

Just combine all the wet ingredients together in a med-large bowl, then add the dry ingredients and combine until mixed with a wooden spoon.

Pour into your greased pans! Place into a 350 oven — and bake for approx 50-55 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the pans before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Bon appetit!

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