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:
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
1/2 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
- Spray down your pan with the cooking spray. Now set that aside for when we actually need it.
- 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).
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.
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).
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.