Warm, healthy, moist, sweet, homemade bananaaaaa breadddddd… Sounds good, huh?
Just ignore the healthy part, because it sure as heeee-ck doesn’t taste like it. I don’t know about you, but that’s just how I like it!
Sorry, I haven’t posted in a while, guys! My internet has been off, I broke my phone and my brother came in town to celebrate my birthday. So, I’ve been trying to recover from my pizza/cupcake/custard hangover. Let me just tell you… cutting off sugar is hard! Heart breaking, actually. But, summer’s a’comin and I just have to do it.
With sugar out of the picture (for the most part), I have my desperate moments of needing something sweet and satisfying. I was staring down those leftover cupcakes when I decided to make something healthy, instead. Thus, I found a banana bread recipe and I was in luck, because I had 12 overly ripe bananas from Trader Joes. Is it just me or are their bananas perfect? I don’t know, I’m pretty sure I could be a banana critic. Anyway, I ended up replacing any sugar with protein powder and some honey (yes, honey is a form of sugar, but it’s natural and healthy OKAY). You can honestly use whatever sweetener you want like maple syrup, stevia, honey, protein, agave nectar. Or, if you don’t give a crap, load in that sugar and butter! It’s your life, do as you please.
The first time I made it, I sweetened it with mostly protein and maybe 1/4 cup of pure organic maple syrup. I did put some stevia sweetened chocolate chips and semi sweet chocolate chips in it. It was amazing and that’s the way I prefer it! But, for the second time around, I wanted to keep it as clean and sugar free as possible. So, I will list how I made the sweeter one with natural sugar and the super duper low sugar one! K? K.
Lets get started…
1 1/2 cups (180 g) ground up oatmeal flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 medium, ripe bananas (200 g or 1 cup mashed)
1/2 cup (115 g) plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup (optional for the sweeter one)
1 full scoop of Jay Robb Egg White vanilla protein powder (if you want the low sugar banana bread, skip the maple syrup and add more protein powder to taste and a little bit of honey )
Optional add-ins: 1/2 cup chocolate chips/raisins/nuts/etc.
Preheat your oven to 350ºF (176ºC), and lightly grease a 9 x 5 (23cm x 13cm) bread pan or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until well combined and set aside.
Lightly beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Add mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, Stir until well combined.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently. Mix in the protein powder and honey (or the maple syrup if you’re making the sweet one). Do not overmix.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan, spreading it out evenly. (I drizzled mine with organic almond butter before baking it so that’s another option). Bake for 27-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes… Or not.. Who lets stuff cool down. Please!!! You go right ahead and eat some dang banana bread and you can thank me later!
I hope you all enjoy this post! You’ll be hearing more from me again! Especially, because I’m going to start making vlogs (video blogs).
Thanks for reading and thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes!