In our household, we like to (pretend to) be healthy. But we also have a major sweet tooth. I came up with this recipe during one of our “no-sweets diets”. It’s great to satiate your cravings while also fulfilling your healthy choice dessert option. And believe it or not, this banana bread is SUGAR-FREE! I use honey instead of sugar along with the natural sweetness of the bananas. Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s quick and easy to put together. I literally make this banana bread about once a week due to its simplicity.
A great tip to share with you is that it’s smart to freeze your bananas as soon as they ripen so that you can pull them out whenever you’re ready to get started. Peel and chop your bananas before freezing them. Then put them in small sandwich bags tightly sealed. Make sure to label how many bananas are in each bag. Once ready to use, I usually thaw in the microwave for about one to two minutes and then mash with a fork. Make sure to drain any excess water to prevent sogginess in the finished product.
To keep with the healthy theme, I like to use whole wheat flour and unsweetened almond milk. It makes for great texture and flavor. Now, for those of you who need a little chocolate in your life, that's where the chocolate chips come in to play. I ALWAYS make this banana bread with chocolate chips. It's really a matter of perception because some people think chocolate is healthy while others do not. I'll let you guys decide.
For me personally, I’ll add about 2/3 cups raisins and 2/3 cups chocolate chips (give or take). However, keep in mind that this banana bread is still very satisfying without these extra additions. You can choose to leave toppings out completely or you can opt for just the raisins. OR add almonds, walnuts, and anything else you can think of. Feel free to get creative with this part. There's really so many different ways you can play around with the toppings for this banana bread depending on your preference. For me, it's always going to be my trusted chocolate chips and raisins!
This banana bread is one of the first recipes I’ve perfected so please give it a try and let me know how it turns out!
PRODUCTS USED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HAPPEN:
* Hamilton Beach Mixer
* Baker's Secret Loaf Pan
My name is Renee McGinley and I'm a self-taught cook, constantly learning as I go. Please check out my About Me page for more on my recipe motto and cooking style.