Let’s be honest…the expression “this is the BEST banana bread you will ever eat” has been waaaay over used. Everyone has their favorite banana bread recipe and I do not want to take anything away from your passed-through-the-generations sacred family recipes. And, of course, any banana bread will taste good if you mix in white flour, white sugar, and random fats for moistness(I know people who add mayo! ick!). But THIS banana bread…is amazing. And completely and utterly healthy. So I’m going to go out on a limb and claim that this is the BEST healthy banana bread you will ever eat! It’s in the cookbook. It’s easy to make. It does not disappoint. I make it all the time because I never mind my kids eating it because there is no sugar in it!
Makes 1 large loaf or 2-3 mini loaves
1 1/4 cups spelt flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup maple syrup (or agave nectar)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 large eggs
4 bananas, mashed
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
handful of chocolate chips or nuts(optional – but who opts out of chocolate?)
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 1 large or 2 small loaf pans.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the rest of the ingredients(except chocolate) until well combined. Add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips if using.
Bake until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean, approximately 45 minutes for large loaves and 30 minutes for small loaves.