Healthy Banana Bread
Sweetened only with fruit and made with wholemeal flour, this is a healthy snack rather than a sugary dessert recipe. Perfect for young children.
Servings 10 Slices
- 4 Medjool Dates, pitted
- 125ml (½ cup) Milk
- 80ml (⅓ cup) Coconut Oil
- 60g (¼ cup) Natural Greek Yoghurt
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 250g (1 cup) (around 2 large/3 medium small) Ripe Bananas, mashed
- 215g (1¾ cup) White Wholemeal (wholewheat) Flour
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
Preheat oven to 160ºC (320ºF) and grease a loaf pan.
Add the Medjool dates to a food processor and blend until it forms a paste. Add the milk and continue to blend until mixed.
In a large mixing bowl add the date mixture, oil, yoghurt, eggs and vanilla. Whisk until combined. Add the mashed banana and stir.
In a seperate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and cinnamon.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, some lumps are good.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 55 - 60 mins. Check the loaf is ready by inserting a skewer into the centre. If the stick comes out clean, or with a few crumbles on it, the bread is done.
Allow to cool in the pan for around 10 mins and then transfer to a wire rack to cool for a further 20 mins + before slicing.
Babies: If making for a baby, I would personally skip/reduce the dates - babies don't need the added sweetness.
Dates: I used fresh Medjool dates which blended easily. If your dates are dried then you should soak in boiling water for 10 mins before draining and blending. You can add more or less dates depending on how sweet you want your bread to be. No dates? You can just skip them (if you are not worried about sweetness) or replace the date and milk mixture with 1/2 cup of maple syrup.
Flour: I used a white wholemeal flour. I can not guarantee what the results will be like with less processed wholemeal flour as I haven't tested. You can replace with plain (all purpose) flour or do a mixture of wholemeal and all purpose.
Coconut Oil: You can replace with a different oil or melted butter.
Additions: See above post for addition ideas. Get creative!
Nutritional Information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator.
Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg