I absolutely love Homemade Banana Bread, however when I had to completely overhaul my diet, I was upset to think that I would not be able to eat baked goods ever again. It is funny how God can use certain things in your life to draw you closer to him. Because of this, I became really passionate about finding ways to make the foods I loved and grew up on, but also make them work in my new diet. You can check out my full story of getting fit both physically and spiritually on 2 Chicks Get Fit. My cousin Shannon is the one who started this blog and her amazing journey is what is mainly found on this site. I have to say she has continued to inspire me with her strong testimony of faith in all that she does. This is a blog about both of our journeys and how God has used us, but Shannon continues to fill our site with inspiration and a total dependance on God's leading for her life that is inspiring to me in so many ways.
The reason I altered this recipe was to take an old staple filled with white flour and sugar, and use Spelt flour and coconut palm sugar as the sweetner to give this favorite a nice healthy twist. This particular recipe is great because the flaxseed meal, oats and walnuts enhance the flavor, while the greek yogurt gives it a nice balance of protein. This is perfect to enjoy for breakfast and is definitely something the kids will love too!
- 1 1/2 Cups of Spelt Flour- (You can use regular flour in place of spelt if you prefer)
- 1/4 Cup of Flaxseed Meal
- 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats - We use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats
- 1/2 Cup of Ground Toasted Walnuts (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of Salt
- 1/3 Cup of Canola Oil
- 1/2 Cup of Coconut Palm Sugar
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1/3 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 Cup of Mashed Bananas - (2 Medium Bananas)
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 Cup of "Enjoy Life" Chocolate Chip (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and position rack in the middle of the oven. Lightly grease and flour a 5-by-9 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine flour, flaxseed, oats, walnuts, baking powder and soda, and salt. In a medium bowl stir together the oil, coconut palm sugar, eggs, greek yogurt, bananas, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir gently until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake about 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 20 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool on wire rack.
Slice to desired thickness and serve warm.