Healthy-ish Banana Bread Recipe
Here is a recipe that I personally bake all the time. It is a compilation of recipes I have tried with substitutions, subtractions, and personal preferences. I like my banana bread to be soft, banana-ful, and healthy-ish. I am by no means an amazing cook/baker, but I like to do both and know enough to take risks in the kitchen. I consider this a moderately healthy recipe, with the understanding it is a "treat". I understand gluten-free, no carbs, no sugar diets...however we are an everything in moderation family.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
4 ripe organic bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
4 oz. of homemade and/or organic applesauce
1 organic egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups organic whole wheat un-bleached flour
Mix butter and mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon or fork.
Mix in sugar, egg, applesauce, and vanilla. Add baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, mix. Mix the flour in last. Pour batter into a buttered 5X9 loaf pan. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour depending. Cool for 10 mins, then remove from pan and cool for 10 more minutes.
I recently saw a trending article about the 5 foods we should never eat (which actually comes out to hundreds of thousands of foods on the no list). I enjoy being educated on healthy food choices, and am fortunate enough to have an allergy-free family. I try to buy as much organic produce and meat available to me. I was able to make all my baby food from scratch. However, I eat ranch dressing (at home I make it from a dry mix with organic milk and greek yogurt), I love potato chips (dipped in homemade guacamole), I eat pizza (from anywhere, the greasier the better). The amount of canola butter spread I put on my slice of banana bread is OBSCENE.
What I can say is that we steer clear of the following things as much as possible.
-frozen foods (except Sammy)
-white rice (brown rice)
We make exceptions. We live on. We do the best we can, and I as a mom can mostly feel good about the food I offer my kids. Every once in a while a box of mac and cheese gets thrown in the mix...usually accompanied with a large bowl of fresh fruit and organic edamame.