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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Easy 4-Ingredient Banana Bread With Self Rising Flour
- 4 bananas overripe
- 1 ½ cup self-rising flour
- 1 cup peanut butter smooth
- ½ cup chocolate chips dark
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 360°F.
- Prepare a loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
- Peel the bananas and mash them with a fork or a potato masher.
- Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add the peanut butter and flour.
- Mix with a silicone spatula or a whisk.
- Now gently fold in the dark chocolate chips into the banana bread batter.
- Transfer into the prepared loaf pan and level the surface with the spatula.
- Put into the preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes.
- Once baked, remove from the oven and let sit in the loaf pan for about 5 minutes.
- Take out from the loaf pan and leave the loaf to cool on a wire rack.
- Remove the parchment paper and slice before serving.