Better Banana Bread

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My kids love banana bread.   Instead of fighting it, I decided to make my banana bread healthier.  I added chia seeds (quality protein, manganese, magnesium…) and hemp hearts (plant-based protein, omegas, iron, phosphorus..).  I replaced some of the white flour with whole wheat (I would be happy to make it 100% whole wheat, but my kids didn’t take to that version).  I also switched from plain white sugar to coconut palm sugar, which is considered healthier due to lower glycemic index and it has high mineral content (iron, potassium, zinc), and it is also high in vitamins K, P, B1, B2, B3, B6….  You can further improve this recipe by adding a cup of nuts and/or raisins.  Unfortunately, my kids don’t like them.  Overall, I have never seen a banana bread recipe that was healthier than this one.  It produces healthy, moist, sweet enough banana bread that you can feel good about eating.  And the best part is that you don’t need to get your mixer dirty.  All you need is two bowls, a fork, and a spoon.

Ingredients
3 large bananas (or 4 smaller ones)
6 Tablespoons butter
2 eggs
1 cup coconut palm sugar (2/3 cup work for us)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 Tablespoons hemp hearts

Instruction
1.  Preheat the oven to 350F.
2.  Butter a loaf pan and sprinkle with flour.
3.  Mash bananas with a fork in a large bowl.

4.  Melt butter in a small microwavable bowl.

5.  Add melted butter to bananas and safe the bowl for the next step.

6.  Break two eggs into your small bowl and use a fork to beat them up with 1 teaspoon salt. They should become foamy.

7.  Mix melted butter, bananas, beaten eggs and sugar.

8.  Sprinkle soda on top and mix it in.
9.  Add the remaining ingredients (all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, chia seeds, and hemp hearts) and stir together.

Note:  Are you familiar with a Wish Raisin?  Probably not!  I made it up recently.  It wouldn’t work if you are planning to add raisins to your banana bread or maybe you could use a piece of walnut and make it a Wish Walnut.  Since we don’t use raisins, I stick one lonely raisin into a pan before putting it in an oven.  Whoever gets a piece with a raisin can make a wish and it will be sure to come true!  It never fails to make someone really happy.  

11. Bake for 55 minutes.

                                                  Eva

Do you like banana bread?  What do you like to do with leftover bananas? 

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