I found this banana bread recipe when looking for healthy finger foods to make for my 9 month old baby (original recipe here). I like the recipe because I like to give my baby good, wholesome food – I liked that every single ingredient in this was healthy and I was able to make it without any added sugar.
I made this with honey instead of sugar. If you’re used to very sweet food, you may like to make this with sugar, possibly even extra sugar. However, I found myself going back to this bread myself for a very satisfying and guilt free snack.
It certainly passed muster with my harshest critic, who absolutely devoured it. I should add the caveat that my little guts will devour most anything… but I do think she especially enjoyed this bread!
Ingredient Set 1:
2 cups flour (I used wholemeal, use whatever flour you like!)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
Ingredient Set 2:
3 large very ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 cups) – mashed
1/2 cup brown sugar (or replace with 1/3 cup unsweetened fruit juice concentrate ormaple syrup or honey)
1/2 cup milk
zest of a lemon or orange (optional – I omited this, must try it next time!)
2 tsp vanilla or 1 Tbsp dark rum (obviously I chose the vanilla for my baby!)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (I omitted this for bubba)
1/3 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate pieces (I omitted but must try it!)
1/2 cup chopped dates (I actually used prunes to help with bubbas bowels, actually tasted pretty good and lent a good sweetness to the loaf)
1. In two separate bowls, combine the two ingredient sets (a dry mixture and a wet mixture).
2. Mix the wet and dry mixtures together until just combined.
3. Fold in the optional extras, if desired.
4. Pour into a greased and/or lined loaf tin.
5. Bake at 180 C for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
6. Leave in the pan for 10 minutes then place on a rack to cool.
There you have it – an easy, healthy snack easily adaptable to your tastes and/or your baby’s!