How to Revamp Banana Bread with Coconut Oil into a Healthy Snack?
Are you a fitness enthusiast grappling with your perpetual love affair with carbs? No matter how hard you try, you just cannot resist that overwhelming urge to binge on starchy food that can make your calorie level escalate before you know it. Sounds like an insoluble dilemma! But what if I say you’re wrong?
There indeed is a feasible way out of this quandary whereby you can fulfill your craving while also balancing your diet. As a lot of us would agree, bread—especially one made from refined grains—contains a high amount of carbohydrates. However, if we opt for the whole-grain version of bread, we have a lot less to worry.
Whole-grain bread provides more protein and fiber as compared to white bread and is hence healthier. Now that we know the rules of the game, we can happily relish bread without a tinge of guilt.
An even better approach to enjoying bread is by adding different flavors to it that can further enhance its taste. One of the easiest and most common recipes for bread is healthy Banana Bread with Coconut Oil.
The reason behind the use of coconut oil in this recipe is simply because it is a healthier option than most other cooking oils. As a matter of fact, coconut oil is rich in natural saturated fats that not only help in boosting the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL cholesterol) in your body but also convert the bad cholesterol (aka LDL cholesterol) into good cholesterol.
By increasing the HDL cholesterol, it offers health benefits like promoting heart health by lowering the risk of heart disease. As for this recipe, it is recommended that you use unrefined, virgin coconut oil as it will add a mild coconut flavor and aroma to your bread. You can also include coconut butter if you want a creamy texture for the bread.
Now let’s get to the actual part i.e. the procedure to make the healthy banana bread with coconut oil.
The essential ingredients that you would need are:
- 1 ¾ cups of whole wheat flour,
- ⅓ cup of melted coconut oil,
- ½ a cup of honey or maple syrup,
- two eggs,
- 2-3 medium overripe bananas,
- ¼ cup of milk/water,
- a tbsp of vanilla extract,
- ½ a tbsp of salt,
- ½ a tablespoon of baking soda, and
- 1 ½ tbsp of ground cinnamon.
You can also include additional ingredients like chocolate chips, dried fruits, nuts, flaxseed, hempseed etc. according to your preferences.
– First and foremost, preheat the oven to 325° F.
– Next, take a 9×5 inch loaf pan, grease it evenly with cooking spray, and set aside.
– In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Now add coconut oil, honey, milk, and eggs to the bowl and whisk the mixture properly until it turns smooth. Thereafter, add baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon to the batter and mix them well.
– Lastly, you can switch to a bigger spoon to add the flour into the concoction and blend everything to a fine paste. You can add any extra components if you wish to augment the flavor of your bread.
– Once done with your mixing, sprinkle the loaf pan with a dash of cinnamon and gently pour the batter into it. You can either smooth out the top or if you want a curled effect, lightly run the tip of a knife on the better in a spiraling pattern.
– Place the loaf pan in the oven and bake for 55-60 minutes.
To check whether the bread is fully cooked, insert a toothpick in its center. You know it’s done if the toothpick comes out clean. Shift pan to a rack and let it cool for about 20 minutes. Invert pan to take out the bread and slice as desired. To garnish, you can coat the slices with a flake of butter or a dribble of honey along with a sprinkling of chopped dried fruits. If you still want to add more bananas, you can place a row of banana strips along the bread.
You can alter the ingredients of this dish as per your dietary requirements. For example, if you suffer from digestion issues or constipation, you can add nutmeg to the batter. It will not only add a nutty flavor to the bread but also detoxify your body and regulate your bowel movements.
On the contrary, for those who are allergic to nuts, you can always go for hemp seeds. There are no known allergies to hemp seeds. If you’re preparing banana bread for your kids, you can add an extra helping of chocolate chips in order to make it look appealing. It goes without saying that banana bread is a nutritious yet delectable snack that can keep you energetic for a fairly long time.
Notably enough, this bread is moist so it will last for just 2-3 days at room temperature. You may store it in the refrigerator for 6-7 days and for 3 months in a freezer (although I doubt if you can resist it for that long). So, what are you waiting for? Try out this gluten-free recipe of healthy banana bread with coconut oil and perk up your otherwise ho-hum diet.