Banana bread has become somewhat of a lockdown staple. Easy to make and a great way to use overripe bananas, it's many people's favorite treat. But how good is it? And can you make it healthier?
So you've made a loaf of freshly-baked banana bread. And now you're wondering if this is actually a healthy snack. The answer is, as usual, it depends. Even in its least healthy form, banana bread is far from the worst baked good to have, as, besides all the flour and sugar, it provides some nutritional content. But overdoing it may not be the best for you. As with all foods, moderation is key.
The good news is that banana bread freezes very well. Just don't forget to slice it before popping it into the freezer. One slice with you coffee or tea is a great way to have something sweet and enjoy life's simple pleasures. If you find yourself having the entire loaf in one sitting, then maybe don't bake it that often.
4 Tips to make banana bread healthier
1. Boost it with some nuts and seeds
Add flax (linseed), chia, sunflower, or any seeds you like for extra protein, antioxidants and vitamins.
2. Cut down on sugar
Try cutting the suggested sugar (or sweetener) in half. Ripe bananas are already very sweet so you may not need that much sugar after all. You can even use honey instead of sugar to provide more vitamins.
3. Replace the flour
Avoid using refined white flour and go for any of these healthier options:
- Gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
- Oat flour
- Spelt flour
- Whole wheat flour
4.Top it with nut butter
This will add even more protein and help you feel fuller, for longer, thus forgoing a second slice.
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