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Banana Breakfast Bread

Good morning everyone!

TGIF!!! Don't you just love that feeling when the weekend is right around the corner? I do.

I start thinking about those fabulous lazy mornings that I don't have to wake up early. I love mornings when I don't have to rush around. You also have more time to make things like this...

whole wheat banana bread

A warm slice of banana bread is a great way to change up your breakfast routine. The same old thing day-in and day-out gets dreary after awhile. Sort of like the weather. I saw a glimpse of sunshine today, the first in a week and that was between the persistent snow squalls. If you're Canadian then you know what I'm talking about. One minute the sun is shining brightly and the next thing you know there's a blizzard outside your window. Yeesh! It doesn't make for a fun drive, but does make for some pretty sweet snowboarding conditions, which is what I really wish I could be doing this weekend.

I have to say as much as I love winter and being Canadian, I still love warm temperatures more. It's only January and I think I'm already in need of a break from this weather. So I'm glad to say that instead of letting it drive me to drink..eek!.. it drove me to the kitchen.

Healthy Banana Bread

This is a reasonably healthy quick bread that I slightly adapted from the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook. It's got heart healthy flaxseed (nearly a whole cup), and only half a cup of sucanat, which is an unrefined dark brown sugar that retains it's molasses content and is basically pure dried sugar cane juice. It's also sourced from Costa Rica quite possibly one of my favourite places in the world right now. Le sigh.

It's also partly sweetend with the help of apple butter and is full of fibre.

clean eating snack

Spread some pure Canadian maple butter on a slice for your breakfast, make a fresh pot of tea or coffee, sit back and watch the snow fly because it ain't going nowhere to soon.

Eat Clean Banana Bread

Banana Breakfast Bread (makes 1 loaf)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium-sized bananas)
  • 1/2 cup sucanat or other unrefined sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup apple butter
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour or red fife flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Grease a loaf pan and if desired line with parchment paper so that it hangs over the two long sides.
  3. In a large bowl, combine banana, sucanat, vanilla, and apple butter. Add eggs one at a time and beat together until smooth.
  4. In a separate large bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda and powder, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and fold together with a spatula until completely incorporated.
  6. Pour batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted into middle of the bread comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Basic Banana Bread

One thing is for sure: breakfast will not stand to be dull and dreary.

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Reader Comments (6)

How many eggs? You don't mention them in the ingredients. Thanks!
February 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereastside food bites
@eastside food bites - Sorry about that. Sometimes we all have those memory lapses. I've updated the recipe. It's 3 egg whites and 1 whole egg. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
February 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer
No worries! Thanks for answering. I actually just made it with 2 eggs because I was in the middle of mixing when I noticed the omission. Still turned out great. It was a big hit!
February 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereastside food bites
@eastside food bites - That's great. I'm glad it was a hit!
February 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer
I don't have apple butter on hand but would love to try this recipe. Any suggestions for a substitute? Thank you!
September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
@Amy - Hi! You should be able to replace the apple butter with applesauce. The apple butter is really just a replacement for regular butter. So if you prefer it you can use regular butter as well. Thanks for asking!
September 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer

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