Sweet And Nutritious For Any Meal
Bread is more or less a must-have in our household. Whenever we don't have the time (or energy, let's face it), it is by far the easiest and most convenient thing. Just add a spread (usually peanut or almond butter), a cup of dairy, and some fruit and you have a pretty good breakfast or snack ready in 5 minutes.
But it can also mean loads of time reading the ingredients on bags of bread at the supermarket (why is it so hard to find bread without sugar?). Some of them are really not great – packed with white flour, sugar, salt, and fats. And not the healthy kind.
Healthy Banana Bread Nutritional Stuff
It's no surprise that one of the main ingredients in this recipe is bananas. Full of potassium and vitamin B6, bananas also provide lots of complex carbohydrates which help the body feel fuller for longer.
Flour is another source of carbohydrates. We use whole grain flour as it's higher in complex carbs, fiber, and has more micronutrients than the processed white flour alternative.
Agave syrup adds some sweetness to the bread. We like it as it doesn't spike the blood sugar the way table sugar does so actually it leaves you feeling fuller longer (similar to bananas).
Butter is a good source of fats and calories, especially for children under the age of 2 that are rapidly growing and developing.
Eggs are a wonderful protein source that also contains loads of B vitamins. They also have the role of binding all the ingredients together so that a smooth dough is formed ready to be baked.
For a little extra flavor, we've also added some strawberries to the banana bread. They are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, helping keep the body healthy.
Healthy Banana Bread Preparation Tips
Prep is super easy – just mix, bake and enjoy!
If you prefer, you can leave the strawberries out or replace them with a berry of your choice.
If you are not a fan of butter, or your child is older than 2 and you want to cut down on the animal fats, you can substitute it with coconut oil.
Agave syrup can also be swapped with any other sweetener. Honey is a good choice (for children over 1-year-old) for its antibacterial properties. You can also use less if you prefer – just taste the dough before adding the agave and add it bit by bit until you are satisfied.
For children between ages 1 and 2, we recommend using whole animal-based milk so that they receive good amounts of protein, fat, and calcium. If they are over 2 or have any issue with dairy, then it can be substituted with a plant-based milk of your liking.
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- 2 cups flour (preferably wholegrain)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 bananas
- ½ cup agave syrup
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup whole animal-based milk
- ½ cup butter
- 3 strawberries
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 360°F
- Combine all the ingredients apart from the strawberries in a mixing bowl and mix until smooth
- Add the cut-up strawberries last and mix through
- Put into a greased (use butter or coconut oil) bread baking tin and into the oven
- Bake for about 30 minutes – it's finished if you can stick a knife in and it comes out clean
- Allow to cool and slice into ~20 slices