I have never eaten banana bread before. I like bananas in their raw form, but not
particularly in desserts, cakes or bread. I thought I’d try to make one and I was
surprised how good it tasted. On my blog I have made many desserts which have white
flour, oil and sugar. I want to avoid these as much as I can.
I am fascinated with the idea of making food using ingredients in their rawest form.
I love fresh medjool dates to sweeten up desserts instead of sugar, also wholemeal flour
instead of white flour and to replace the oil I use bananas, apple sauce or soaked dried fruit.
After reading a few books that were inspired by The China Study then documentary
Forks Over Knives, I really understood that reducing oil is healthy and also reduces the
calories. One tablespoon of oil is equivalent to 120 Calories which is very high.
Compared to vegetable bouillon which is 2 calories, maple syrup 52 and water which of
course is 0 calories. For instance, I use no oil for sauteing (I used water with
vegetable bouillon) or salad dressing (I use water) or desserts (I used bananas,
apple sauce or soaked dried fruit) now.
So here is the recipe..
2 C whole wheat flour
2 C mashed overripe banana
1/2 C chopped Walnuts
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (Also called bread soda, cooking soda, and bicarbonate of soda)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 C finely chopped dates
2 Tbsp chia seeds + 6 tbsp water (Egg replacement) (Mix together in a bowl and leave until it is thick)
Pre heat your oven to 150C or 300 F
– Dry Mix
Add in a bowl the wholemeal flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, walnuts and mix together.
Add to the dry mix the dates then leave to the side
– Wet Mix
Add in another bowl mashed bananas and chia seeds until it is combined together
Combine the wet mix into the dry mix
Place the mixture in a greased loaf pan or use some grease proof paper
Bake for 60 minutes check around the 50 minute mark if the bread is golden brown and crusty just
check the bread with a toothpick the center to see if it cooked properly the toothpick
of course should come out clean
After the banana bread is done leave it to cool down. Yes this is the hardest part, but like
all breads it will be easily to cut when it is not hot. Enjoy !!!