Healthy Banana Loaf

I was at my friend’s house the other day and she had a delicious, moist loaf of banana bread that everyone was snacking on. It was so tasty, and full of chocolate chips- yum! I was inspired to make some banana bread of my own, as it had been ages since I’d done that. I wanted to create something a little bit different, so I decided on a banana loaf with coconut. Then, I took it a step further and decide to go with whole grain flours, no refined sugar, and no dairy. I like a challenge!

What came out is a moist, chewy, banana loaf, with a deep molasses flavour, a hint of coconut, cinnamon, and maca and of course the odd dark chocolate chip surprise. If you are looking for a banana loaf with a higher nutritional value, this is the one for you.

I’ve added this loaf to the fabulous round up of healthy, whole foods over at Beyond the Peel.

** Edited to add: I have now made a GLUTEN-FREE version of this loaf and it works out great. I used 1 cup of buckwheat flour in place of the whole wheat pastry flour, and 3/4 cup brown rice flour in place of the spelt flour. Enjoy my little celiacs!!!!

Healthy Banana Loaf
By Koko, July 18, 2012

A healthy banana loaf for when you need a snack or dessert, without the refined flours, sugars, and dairy.
Ingredients:

  • Bananas – 3, very ripe
  • Applesauce – heaping 1/4 cup, (I used Mott’s unsweetened applesauce)
  • Coconut oil – 1/4 cup
  • Maple syrup – 1/3 cup
  • Molasses – 1-2 Tbsp
  • Whole wheat pastry flour – 1 cup
  • Spelt flour – 3/4 cup
  • Maca powder – 2 Tbsp
  • Baking soda – 3/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 tsp
  • Sea salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Pure vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut – 1/3 cup
  • Dark chocolate chips – 1/4 cup

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
Mash bananas very well, whisk in applesauce, coconut oil, maple syrup, and molasses.
Sift in flours, maca, baking soda, cinnamon, salt. Stir in vanilla extract. Mix until batter just comes together. Fold in coconut and chocolate chips.
Place in prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let cool, and enjoy!

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