Chocolate banana bread with flax and whole wheat — former chef

Do you associate banana bread with the 1970’s? I know I do. Recipe for healthy banana bread In that era of hippies and free love, there was a push toward eating healthy and that’s when natural food stores, macrobiotics and crimes against nature like carob came into vogue. Soft banana bread recipe But banana bread actually became popular in the 1930’s during the depression as a way to salvage over ripe bananas, along with a rise in the use of baking powder in recipes to create such things as “quick breads.” Regardless of association, banana bread is often thought of as healthy, though it can be loaded with fat and cholesterol and in general is not exactly good for you despite the addition of fruit .

Banana bread is not always my favorite because it’s usually loaded with walnuts (which I loathe). Simple moist banana bread recipe However, remove the walnuts and add chocolate and I’m a happy girl. 2 banana bread I wanted to see if I could make a healthy banana bread without wanting to use it as a doorstop.

 What I discovered is that it really depends on how you want to define “healthy.”

No fat? No cholesterol? That’s not going to happen without sacrificing taste and texture to a certain degree. Easy banana walnut bread So how about about making it healthi er than the typical quick bread? I can live with that. Banana bread recipe 3 bananas Below are the small changes I made and I was so happy with the result that I baked it for our weekly family dinner. Gourmet banana bread Twice. Banana date bread No one noticed anything except how rich and decadent it tasted.

• I replaced the typical white flour with whole wheat flour and did not notice a discernible difference in texture; it wasn’t any denser than the typical quick bread.

• Including toasted whole flax seeds gave it a bit of crunch and a nutty flavor without the added fat. Organic banana bread Flax seeds are also a good source of healthy Omega 3 fatty acids which can help lower cholesterol.

• Instead of melted butter which is a saturated fat, I used grape seed oil which is polyunsaturated.

• Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and some studies show that half an ounce of dark chocolate per day can provide health benefits to the heart and mood. Banana bread pudding recipe Plus it just tastes good!

• Finally, I used 1% milk rather than whole milk, lowering the fat content.

I won’t go so far as to call this recipe low fat, because it’s not. Best banana walnut bread recipe My point is simply to show that some healthy substitutions can be made without even noticing. Banana bread recipe with oil If you’re curious, click here for the nutritional info on one slice. As I said, it’s not exactly low fat, but it’s way better for you than a 1/2 cup of Chocolate Haagan Daaz, my personal benchmark for it’s bad for me but I’ll eat it anyway. Perfect banana bread recipe This may not be your mama’s hippy banana bread, but it is healthi er without sacrificing taste and texture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fat free banana bread Grease a 9-by-5-Inch Loaf Pan* I spray mine with a refillable Misto Olive Oil Sprayer.

In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and espresso powder. Bisquick banana bread recipe Note: the espresso powder isn’t 100% necessary, but it really enhances the chocolate flavor.

In another large bowl, combine the wet ingredients; mashed banana (it’s ok to leave some small lumps), oil, milk, eggs and vanilla. Bread machine banana bread Add the chopped chocolate and flax seed to the wet mixture. One banana bread recipe Add in all the dry ingredients at once and stir to combine. Banana bread easy moist Do not over-mix.

Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and bake on a rack set in the middle of the oven for 55-60 minutes. Banana bread recipe best moist I use a bamboo skewer to determine doneness (if it comes out wet with dough sticking to it, it’s not done) and start checking at about 45 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes then remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.

*My pan in the photo below is hand made by my Uncle and is actually 10?x5?x5? so your loaf may come out a bit taller than mine if you use a standard 9?x5? pan. Bisquick banana bread But isn’t it pretty?

Ooooo this looks really good! I think flax would be a great addition. Banana bread ingredients I just love contrasting textures in my food. Best banana bread recipe ever I have 2 sad looking bananas in my freezer, might have to pull them out to give this a try.

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