Healthy Happy Birthday Breakfast Banana Bread

Okay, so maybe it’s not birthday specific, but I made it on my birthday and I liked the alliteration! Plus, it is a nice, healthier alternative for breakfast on those days where you know you’re going to be indulging a little too much.

In the spirit of full disclosure, this is based off a banana bread recipe I found in a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, but I tweaked it some to fit a healthier palate. I made a half-loaf because I was just making this for me, but always feel free to double up the recipe and play with cooking time a little if you want a whole loaf.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour

3/4 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon

dash of Ground Nutmeg

1 Egg

2 Bananas

1/2 cup Stevia (or your low/no calorie sweetener of choice)

1/4 cup Coconut Oil

2 tbsp Chopped Walnuts

No Calorie Cooking Spray

1/8 tsp Salt

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees

  1. Spray down your pan with the cooking spray. Now set that aside for when we actually need it.
  2. In a medium to large size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix it and then make a well in the center (refer to picture below).
33. In a small to medium bowl, beat your egg.
4. Unpeel and chop you bananas (or do like I did and just break off pieces by hand). Put the banana pieces in the bowl with the egg, and use a fork to mash up the bananas.
5. Add your sweetener and coconut oil to the egg and banana mixture and mix.
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It’ll look a little like questionable oatmeal.

6. Pour your egg and banana mixture into the well you made in the flour mixture. Then mix until everything looks thoroughly combined. If it’s a little on the dry side, don’t panic – that’s normal.

7. Fold in the walnuts. Not sure what that means? Basically, just gently mix them into the batter.

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As I said, this will be dry.

8. Spoon batter into your pan from earlier, smoothing it out on top. Now stick it all in your pre-heated oven and let cook for about 40-45 minutes (more if you went for the whole loaf).

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I may have forgotten to take a picture before sticking it in the oven.

Check to make sure your bread is done by sticking either a toothpick or the tines of a fork in the middle. If they come out (mostly) clean and dry, you are good to go! You can either go ahead and cut a slice off to enjoy nice and hot (though I suggest letting it cool for at least a few minutes), or you can let it cool and enjoy it later.

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I’ve been enjoying mine heated and with some butter on it in the mornings.

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