Healthy banana bread

Healthy banana bread

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(127 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins

Easy

Cuts into 10 slices

Have your cake and eat it with this low-fat, healthy banana loaf - perfect for breakfast and beyond

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal145
  • fat2g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.6g
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Ingredients

  • low-fat spread, for the tin, plus extra to serve
  • 140g wholemeal flour
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 300g mashed banana from overripe black bananas
    Banana

    Banana

    bah-nah-nah

    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 4 tbsp agave syrup
    Agave syrup

    Agave syrup

    Agave syrup (also known as agave nectar) is a naturally occurring sweetener similar in…

  • 3 large eggs, beaten with a fork
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 150ml pot low-fat natural yogurt
  • 25g chopped pecan or walnuts (optional)
    Pecan nuts

    Pecan

    pee-kan

    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment (allow it to come 2cm above top of tin). Mix the flours, bicarb, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.

  2. Mix the bananas, syrup, eggs and yogurt. Quickly stir into dry ingredients, then gently scrape into the tin and scatter with nuts, if using. Bake for 1 hr 10 mins-1 hr 15 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

  3. Cool in tin on a wire rack. Eat warm or at room temperature, with low-fat spread.

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naomi98
23rd Oct, 2012
5.05
Great recipe I made this today and It made 2 large pieces and 3 large finger sized pieces. I actually accidently used strong wholemeal flour and missed out white flour however it gave it a lovely textures and I used Honey instead of the agave nectar. It probably would have made more if it had risen, very healthy and low fat. Halfway through baking I topped with a glaze of honey and porridge oats.
naomi98
23rd Oct, 2012
5.05
Great recipe I made this today and It made 2 large pieces and 3 large finger sized pieces. I actually accidently used strong wholemeal flour and missed out white flour however it gave it a lovely textures and I used Honey instead of the agave nectar. It probably would have made more if it had risen, very healthy and low fat. Halfway through baking I topped with a glaze of honey and porridge oats.
mrsayoola
22nd Oct, 2012
5.05
I substituted the wholemeal flour for 40 g of wheatbran (because that's what I had). It gave the cake a nice texture while keeping it moist. My husband loved it and kept going back for more.
amythree
20th Oct, 2012
could you use a different fruit in this recipe? It looks lovely but i don't eat bananas...
sezza81
19th Oct, 2012
This looks delicious, gotta give this a try! Spanish, you can buy agave syrup in health food shops and in most supermarkets these days.
margaretforman
19th Oct, 2012
Where would you buy agave syrup?
kujawianka
18th Oct, 2012
Jos I would be interested to know the proportions of ur mixed flours :)))
shirley1265
18th Oct, 2012
4.05
Threw in a hanful of chopped walnuts and worked really well.
babspope
17th Oct, 2012
Agave syrup is a syrup made from the Agave plant therefore it's great for vegans who don't use honey. I love to make banana bread because you can use up over ripe bananas that are too 'fluffy' to eat. And...I've used really black bananas that I would normally compost and waste. I've never used agave syrup but I know that you could substitute with honey. Sometimes I use golden syrup because my hubby hates honey or simply use sugar. A couple of large tbs perhaps but taste the mixture because the bananas give a lot of sweetness therefore it depends whether you have a really sweet tooth. Good luck if you make it :)
sbradley
10th Oct, 2012
This looks nice but what is agave syrup? Does anybody know, please?

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