I love baking. I really wish I didn’t, but I do. Spending time to make tasty treats always feels like time well spent, but I know I should be cooking something healthy-ish. My favourite thing to make is blueberry banana bread. If you’ve made banana bread before you know that when bananas are overripe they are PERFECT for baking banana bread. It’s getting to the point that I buy bananas hoping that no one will eat them so I can bake this.
Using healthier substitutes like whole wheat flour instead of white flour or greek yogurt instead of butter are simple ways to make a recipe better for you. Sure it still has brown sugar, but I can say it’s a healthy snack because I took out the butter and I’m using whole wheat flour. Just pop some blueberries into the freezer, wait for your bananas to get overripe, and you’re ready to go!
Super Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe
* 1/2 cup greek yogurt (plain, vanilla, or blueberry work best)
* 3/4 cup brown sugar
* 2 eggs
* 4 overripe bananas (broken into chunks)
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 2 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 cup (170g package) blueberries frozen
1. Preheat you oven to 350⁰F and prep a 9 X 5 loaf pan. I use silicon baking pans, and find I don’t need to grease them. If you’re using metal or glass, grease the pan.
2. In a large bowl, add yogurt and brown sugar. Beat till combined. Add your banana chunks and eggs. Beat till well combined.
3. In a separate bowl add your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt) and mix together.
4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Add frozen blueberries and stir everything until combined.
DO NOT OVER MIX! You just want to make sure all the ingredients are mixed together and you don’t have chunks of dry mix. Over mixing the batter will create texture problems.
5. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes at 350⁰F. Test to see if it’s done the same way you would test cake.
6. Let cool ten minutes, or do what I do and burn your fingers trying to get it out of the pan thirty seconds after you pull it out of the over. Remove from pan and let cool.