Banana bread is a bit of an all time favourite for me and this healthy banana bread with coconut flour is a winner. Freshly sliced from the oven, it’s delicious as is, or even better topped with some almond butter and extra sliced banana with a drizzle of honey. The past few weeks of my pregnancy I’ve been feeling more like sweet foods and so I’ve been doing a bit of experimenting with some more nourishing baking recipes. This healthy banana bread with coconut flour fits that bill. It uses higher fibre ingredients and avoids refined carbohydrates. It’s naturally sweetened with banana and just a little honey. For a while now I’ve been wanting to experiment with coconut flour so I used it in this recipe, along with some wholemeal flour.
Coconut flour is high in fibre and helps make this healthy banana bread nice and moist. I worked out that per slice, it has less than a teaspoon of added sugars (from the honey), yet it still has a subtle hint of sweetness that makes it delicious. A good test of if something is really good or not is to run it past the husband. He enthusiastically said it was ‘nice’ which is a complement coming from him, especially as he has quite the sweet tooth and he’s not afraid to say if he doesn’t like my baking!
This healthy banana bread is really easy to make too. I just put all the ingredients into my Vitamix, blended for about 30 seconds and it was mixed and ready to pour into the loaf tin. You’ve got to love recipes like that!
Healthy Banana Bread with Coconut Flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup wholegrain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2-3 tablespoons honey (3 if you like it sweeter)
3 ripe bananas + 1 extra for the top
1/2 cup unsweetened yoghurt
1/3 cup melted coconut oil or macadamia nut oil
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
Place all ingredients minus one banana and the cinnamon into either a high powered blender (I used my vitamix) or a bowl and mix until fully combined.
Cut the remaining banana into three thin strips and lay on top of the loaf. Sprinkle with the cinnamon
Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake for 40 -50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle.