Happy Thursday everyone!
I hope you are all are having a fantastic week, and if you are a Melbournian, enjoying the lovely weather we were having! I feel like it has been warmer lately than the actual summer we had, I’m not complaining though.. well maybe I’ll complain about the bad weather we had today though!
Lately Ive been doing some research on healthy alternatives to sweet snacks as I am a massive sweet tooth and find it so hard to stay away from the sweets when I’m really craving them, and when I allow myself to have chocolate or I over indulge, I ALWAYS feel guilty! Last week, I was really craving banana bread with my green tea- I could have easily gone to my local cafe and grabbed myself a sugar filled band powdered banana bread- but I know deep down how bad they can be for us, and how some of them aren’t even made with real Banana’s! Imagine that!
I decided to head down to my local supermarket and pick up some healthy ingredients and make no added sugar, banana bread bites! These bites are super easy to make, super affordable and are guaranteed to fix your sugar craving (If you like Banana)
When I make a healthy alternative, I always ensure I test it myself and if I’m not happy with it, I will tweak the recipe until I am 100% happy with it – then I will post it for all you guys to try to! Now that I am happy with the recipe – lets take you all through it!
- 4 Very ripe Banana’s
- 2 Eggs
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence or vanilla bean paste
- 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
- 1 cup of wholemeal flower
- 1 cup of plain flower
- 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- pinch of salt
STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 160C or 140C fan-force. Grease and line a bread tin or cake tin loaf pan with baking paper.
STEP TWO: Mash up all banana’s together in a bowl until smooth with little to no bumps/large pieces left.
STEP THREE: Add all wet ingredients to your mashed up banana’s. This includes:Add eggs, oil, milk and vanilla and stir until combined and smooth.
STEP FOUR: Now add your dry ingredients to your mixture – using a sifter for each ingredient. this includes: flours, cinnamon, baking powder, bicarbonate and salt. Mix all ingredients together.
STEP FIVE: Transfer your banana mixture from your bowl into your prepared baking tin evenly.
STEP SIX: Place your tin into your pre-heated oven and bake for 45 -60 minutes. Keep checking your mixture with a skewer and if it comes out clear, your bread is ready- and if its still wet with contents coming out – it still needs more time!
STEP SEVEN: Once the bread is cooked and still moist, remove from oven and allow to rest for at least 5- 10 minutes. Cut your bread into small pieces (see photo) and serve!
NOTE: If you would like extra flavour and are okay with being a little naughty- add some cinnamon sugar to the top of your bread pieces !
STEP EIGHT– Serve, and enjoy!
What is great about these banana bites is you can grab them as a snack, have them for desert with some yoghurt and fruit or simply have them as an on the go breakfast if you are in a rush – Now because they do contain flour, I dont suggest eating them all day, everyday – but as a snack or a quick meal they are the perfect go -to instead of a sugar packed artificial piece of bread that will cost you around $6.00 for a small piece!
I hope you guys enjoy these little bursts of delight just as much I do. You can enjoy them hot or cold and add anything you like to them! If you do end up making them – let me know your thoughts and what you added to them for extra flavour!
Until next time,