Healthyish Banana Bread Recipe

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I had been using this banana bread recipe for many years before I realized how great it is. At some point, I decided to try some other recipes, in the endless quest to fix things that aren’t broken. Only then did I realize that this one uses much less added sugar than most. If you use very ripe bananas, you don’t need to add a lot of processed sugar to make it sweet.

I replaced half the flour with almond flour at some point. Almond flour has more protein (good) and a lower glycemic index (also good) than unbleached all-purpose flour, and it made the final loaf better, a little richer, a little moister. If you don’t have almond flour, use all-purpose flour — it’ll still be very, very good! You can, of course, leave out the chocolate chips, but why would you? Banana bread without chocolate chips is like a day without sunshine.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Makes one loaf.

  1. Preheat the oven and grease the pan

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease the bottom and sides of an 8-inch loaf pan.

  2. Mash the bananas

    In a medium bowl, mash the bananas well with a fork or potato masher.

  3. Cream the butter and sugar, and add the eggs and banana

    In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well. Mix in the mashed banana.

  4. Add the almond flour

    With the mixer on low, add the almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and vanilla. Blend but do not overmix.

  5. Add the all-purpose flour

    Add the all-purpose flour and mix it in by hand until just blended.

  6. Pour into the pan and bake

    Pour the batter into the loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for about an hour, or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.

  7. Cool and remove from the pan

    Allow the bread to cool for about 20 minutes in the pan, then carefully remove it from the pan and let it cool completely on a rack.

Enjoy your banana bread! Around here, a loaf never lasts more than a day.

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