Who does not love banana bread? Especially my guilt free version, which is exceptionally moist and will satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your healthy diet.
I created this recipe for a Parisian restaurant The Central Park (5 Rue du Jour, Paris 75001 ) so if you are around you should definitely stop by and grab a piece.
What makes this Banana Bread healthy?
1. My recipe is made only with wholemeal flour, here I used an organic mixed flour of 5 cereals which will give you even larger range of different nutrients (don't forget.. diversity is the key).
2. This banana bread recipe unlike other traditional recipes call for only little amount of rapeseed oil which is a great source of omega 3 and the rest is replaced by unsweetened applesauce.
3. It is sweeten only by bananas and unrefined coconut sugar.
Coconut sugar is derived from the sugary circulating fluid of the coconut plant.
The manufacturing method is very natural. It simply involves extracting the sugary fluid, then allowing the water to evaporate.
Coconut sugar contains a small amount of fiber and a few nutrients, while also having a lower glycemic index than regular sugar. To sum it up, coconut sugar is a healthier alternative than refined sugar, but the reaction of your body will be almost the same, so be careful if you are concerned about keeping your sugar intake low. This recipe works also with no sugar at all thanks to naturally sweet bananas.
3 ripe Bananas
100g of Applesauce (I use unsweetened apple+banana)
100g of Coconut sugar
1 tablespoon of Rapeseed oil
180g of wholemeal Flour
1/2 packet of Baking powder
shavings of a Tonka bean
50g of Walnuts
sugar cane Molasses
Grease and flour the baking loaf pan, this will allow an easy release from the baked product after it comes out of the oven and cools down.
Preheat your oven to 190C.
In a large bowl, beat the egg, coconut sugar and oil together with a whisk. Then whisk in the mashed bananas and applesauce.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder and spices (tonka bean shavings, vanilla, cinnamon..)
Slowly stir in the flour mix, just until combined.
Toss the chopped walnuts into the batter (you can get creative here: chocolate chips, pecans or raisins work great as well)
Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan, and decorate it with a banana cut in half and sugar cane molasses
Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
Let the bread cool down in the loaf pan for few minutes before taking it out.
What is a Tonka bean?
Tonka bean is an unusual spice that you don’t come across very often, it has a very unique flavor that resembles to a cross between almond and vanilla. Its outstanding aroma has won a lot of fans especially between top chefs and modern haute cuisine.
The beans are actually seeds from a type of flowering tree native to Central America and northern South America.
If you live in the USA you might never get a chance to try tonka as it is banned for containing the substance 'coumarin' which is toxic when eaten in large quantities. You would have to eat more than 30 beans to be in a danger of a liver damage.