No-Added-Sugar Banana Bread

I love bread. I love bananas. So I created a banana bread recipe. Each slice has 3 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein and just 115 calories. There’s no added sugar either, which, in my mind, makes it perfectly acceptable to add chocolate chips. It’s about balance, right?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour (see Tips)
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed (about ½ cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp olive or canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (optional yet highly recommended)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line an 8×4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, flax, cinnamon and baking powder. In another bowl, combine banana, egg, egg whites, milk, oil and vanilla. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes, and then remove bread from pan to cool completely. Makes 10 slices.

Per slice: 115 calories, 6 g fat (2 g sat, 0 g trans), 31 mg sodium, 3 g fibre, 3 g sugar, 4 g protein

Tips & Variations:

  • To make oat flour, grind oats in a food processor or blender to a flour consistency.
  • Make muffins instead: divide batter between 10 muffin cups; bake 20 minutes at 375 F.
  • Substitute fresh or frozen blueberries or chopped walnuts for chocolate chips.
  • Substitute wheat or oat bran for flaxseed.
  • Pumpkin bread/muffins: Substitute ½ cup pumpkin puree for banana and add 6 packets stevia (equivalent to 4 Tbs sugar).
  • Need to satisfy a banana bread craving now? Try my Two-Minute Banana Bread.
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