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Healthy whole wheat banana bread with no added sugar and eggs.

I love desserts.

Who doesn’t?
Right?

Since I am on a weightloss journey, I am on a quest to create desserts that has healthy ingredients in it. While in phase 1 of South beach diet, I try not to eat anything sweet. You can use Stevia or Splenda or any other sugar alternatives but I prefer to go in the natural way. I tried stevia for some days but couldn’t really tolerate its after taste. Hence I try to avoid anything sweet in Phase 1. Once I move to phase 2, I enjoy desserts once in a while. If I eat an ice cream, I burn that extra calorie in the gym. One fine day I thought to myself to bake a muffin or cake or bread with all natural sweetener and whole grains. That will make me feel less guilty after eating a serving. One key thing to remember during weightloss is that its OK to indulge in high calorie foods but you need to watch your serving size. Restrict yourself to one piece and STOP with that.

My son loves banana bread and that gives me a reason to bake it often. From the time I started to use whole wheat flour in baking, I have not bought all purpose flour for a long time. I use our good old Indian atta. The flour which Indians use to make chapati / roti (Indian griddle breads). I feel incorporating whole grains in baking is a good step towards eating healthy. Then I had to come up with alternatives to white sugar. I feed my son coconut palm sugar, honey or jaggery and till date he has not been exposed to white sugar at home. Ofcourse when he dines or eats at friend’s place, he is exposed to dishes made with raw white sugar.


What is apple butter?
I have been using apple sauce and apple butter from the time from son started solids. Once while I was feeding Gerber’s apple puree for him, I tasted and realized how wonderful they will be as a part of any baked goods. They will add so much sweetness to a bread or cake, I thought to myself. That’s when I started exploring with apple sauce or apple butter or plain Gerber apple puree. Apple butter is a highly concentrated form of apple sauce which is in deep brown color. They are slow cooked for a long time with water or cider to a point where the sugar in the apples caramelizes and turn the liquid into a delicious sweet tasting pulp. It has nothing to do with butter but gets the name because of its thick, soft consistency. I use apple butter as a spread for breads. My son loves it with peanut butter.


Hence to make things more healthy for my son, I baked banana bread using ripen bananas, apple butter and honey for sweetness.There is no egg in this recipe and that makes it great for my vegetarian buddies. It’s free of butter and you can replace honey with maple syrup or agave nectar and that makes it vegan too. Thanks Cheryl for telling me about the vegan option.South Indians use a coconut oil for cooking and I can see the popularity the oil has been receiving it in the US. Dr.Oz even aired a show highlighting the health benefits of coconut oil. For today’s recipe, I have used organic coconut oil to moisten my bread. The original recipe can be found in my good friend Rose of Magpies Recipe’s homemade coconut kissed banana bread post.

HEALTHY WHOLE WHEAT BANANA BREAD WITH HONEY AND APPLE BUTTER

Source: Rose’s Banana bread (vegan)
Yields: 19×5 inch loaf pan

Ingredients

KEY POINT: Add the ingredients in the order listed below

  • 2 ripe bananas peeled and mashed well till no lumps remain ( the riper the bananas the stronger the banana flavor.)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup honey (use maple syrup or agave nectar if you are a vegan)
  • 1/2 cup apple butter or apple sauce
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoon water, 3 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 teaspoon baking powder,1/4 teaspoon baking soda (all mixed together in that order and kept aside for about 5 minutes prior, not much more ahead else it may lose some of the fizz require to make the cake rise)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 9X5 inch loaf pan. ( I used PAM canola oil cooking spray to grease the pan and didn’t flour it, but lined the bottom with parchment paper)
  3. In large bowl, mix all ingredients in order given ( if you don’t follow the order, things may not work so its VERY IMPORTANT!). Pour into pan and bake 40 to 50 minutes.

Additional notes

  1. Add some roasted nuts like walnuts or pistachios for extra crunch.
  2. You can replace coconut oil with rice bran oil or canola or vegetable oil.
  3. I serve this bread with some nutella smothered on top or with a scoop of my homemade vanilla ice cream.

 

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30 Comments

  1. I love Banana Bread and so do my kids, loved your healthy version of this bread with apple butter but for the time being I want both the bread and the green tea :)! Super tempting…

  2. I absolutely am all about integrating whole grains in as much as possible. This banana bread looks like the perfect marriage of good for you yet indulgent!

  3. I love banana bread! Love that this recipe has no sugar. I have to try it. Bet chocolate chips would be great in it, though that would add in that sugar. 😛

  4. love banana cakes and this looks fantastic. would love to try it very very soon.

  5. Banana bread looks moist and delicious. We too a family of banana bread lovers. Love it as it is without eggs.

  6. Lovely pictures Vijitha!!!
    Banana breads and pancakes are almost routine at my place, the husband loves and I find it easy to please :-)

  7. SUch an incredible healthy bread, looks simply awesome and beautifully done.

  8. I'm all for making these healthier — so I'm pleased to see your healthy version of banana bread here. I need to find some coconut oil to make this — it's the second recipe that I've seen using it. Thanks for dropping by my blog — I'm glad to have found you too!

  9. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Wonderful dishes you have here! Will definitely be incorporating some of your delcious dishes in my menu =)

  10. Hello Vijitha it;s so nice to be here in your lovely blog, thank you so much for visiting mine, I;m glad you like Greek Food. As long as I;ve seen here, you have great recipes with magnificent pictures, You'll se me here often.
    Have a nice day my friend!

  11. Your banana bread looks divine! What a wonderful and healthy way to make it! Great recipe and images are delicious!

  12. This bread is haunting me Vijitha….I am drooling over…love the idea of apple butter…

  13. Oh….Vijitha, thanks for dropping a comment in my blog and my oh my….you have a beautiful blog here! This banana bread looks real yummy to me and what more is, it is a healthy one. Lovely!

  14. I am so glad you said hello on my blog! Your photos are gorgeous!!! And who would guess that your beautiful banana bread had no sugar or eggs…I'd love a big slice!!! Hope you've had a wonderful day~

  15. Your whole grain banana bread looks so wonderful. Good luck with your program! I also love the addition of apple butter to baked goods. I keep a jar in the refrigerator since I've been using it in baking just to spread on toast.

  16. I love the name of your blog. Thanks for visiting Hotly Spiced! Good luck on your diet and I love the look of this banana bread with apple butter. I must get some apple butter xx

  17. I love apple butter! And it must taste so tremendous in this great looking banana bread. Love the twine around the fork – nice touch.

  18. the pictures are calling my name!!!I love the fruits- i love the butter and i love love love your healthy version of this bread with apple butter but now I want both ! Super droolicious..

  19. Well now I just can't wait to make this bread, it sounds so good and I love the order of it all. Thank you so very much for sharing.

  20. The recipe sound so good. I really like the fact that you took the time to explain why you used the ingredients you did. Luckly little boy!
    I love your photography and the layouts you used.

    Found your page from YBR and am now following you.
    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.blogspot.com

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