Here are a few reasons why I like to purchase GREEN bananas instead of yellow
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a hard time thinking about how to sneak more protein into my kid’s day. Adding plain greek or skyr yogurt to baked goods adds a good source of protein, while also adding moisture.
I often use plain, unsweetened applesauce as a substitution for oil. Make sure you’re selecting applesauce that hasn’t had sugar added to it.
Is coconut sugar really even a healthy alternative? It’s debatable, yes coconut sugar may have a smaller impact on your blood glucose levels, however, it IS still sugar. I choose it over white sugar because it’s less processed. Many banana bread recipes have upwards of 3/4 cup of sugar in their recipe, I chose to decrease to 1/4 cup for this loaf and it was plenty sweet enough.
I haven’t tried this recipe with an egg alternative, but if you do – let me know how it turns out!! I’d love the feedback.
I love swapping baking recipes with certified gluten-free oat flour. This is my favourite brand, oats are the only ingredient and it’s a great substitute for most loaf or muffin recipes.
Hemp seeds are a source of plant-based protein. They contain all nine essential amino acids, and research suggests that hemp’s protein content is well-absorbed by our bodies. Don’t go to crazy however, as they do contain a good amount of omega 6’s
Flax seeds are rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber, and protein. However, whole flax seeds don’t fully break down in your gut, so it’s best to eat them ground to reap the most nutritional benefit. I like to grind them each time I use them using a small grinder like this. Pre-ground flaxseed has been exposed to oxygen longer; oxygen and light causes the polyunsaturated fats to break down. If your flaxseeds smell or taste “funky”, chances are they’e gone rancid.
I try to use dark chocolate in all of my baking. Dark chocolate has a higher nutritional profile. High-quality chocolate can be a rich source of antioxidants and minerals, and it generally contains less sugar than milk chocolate. Two of my favourite brands are Enjoy Life (dairy-free) and Lily’s.
In your stand-up mixer, whisk bananas. Add in yogurt, applesauce, sugar, and whisk until blended. Add egg and vanilla, whisk until incorporated – then stop the mixer. Add all of the dry ingredients. Turn mixer on low just to incorporate. Scrape down sides as necessary. Do not over mix. Fold in chocolate chips. If you don’t have or don’t want to dirty your stand up mixer, you can easily do this by hand in a large bowl.
Place the batter in the loaf pan of your choice. I like using a silicone loaf pan like this one for simple removal.
Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.