I like having fruit in my apartment, and bananas are the most affordable. But I have a tendency to put a banana in my lunch bag for work, then come home with a sad bruised banana that never got eaten.
So I cut up the rotting and bruised bananas and freeze them.
Usually I turn them into a healthy dessert (chocolate banana ice cream). But the other week I wanted to make it into banana bread for several reasons:
a.) the smell of a quick bread baking is one of the most heavenly smells in this world. Be it banana, pumpkin, apple, zucchini, you name it, it smells damn delicious.
b.) I had some Greek yogurt to use up, and love throwing that in quick breads.
c.) I wanted to eat this in the morning instead of my lame tasteless granola bars.
But I wanted this banana bread to be even more healthy. And that means no sugar. And most certainly none of that stevia/splenda/truvia nonsense. But does such a recipe exist? More importantly, would it taste good?
Thankfully, YES! Sugarless banana bread does exist AND taste good. Why? My theory is that bananas have a big bundle of sugar in them in the first place, so adding sugar to banana bread isn’t necessary. Also, the Greek yogurt gives it that distinctive sweet tang.
And so a healthy, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs banana bread was born from my oven.
- 3 bananas, mashed
- ¾ cups plain Greek yogurt
- ⅓ cups vegetable or canola oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Stir together all of the ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.
- Pour into a greased 8.5 inch loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
My two cents: I ate this for breakfast and a few snacks throughout the week. When the bread is cool, slice into individual portions for an easy grab and go breakfast. You can also freeze the individual slices or the whole loaf.