Recipe for Healthy Banana Bread Without Sugar or Butter

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(Serves 1 Loaf)

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil/extra-virgin olive oil/vegetable oil
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 large bananas)
  • ¼ cup milk (can use vegan milk options or water too)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract/essence
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon, plus more for garnishing
  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • Optional: ½ cup add-ons like chopped walnuts/pecans/chocolate chips/raisins

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 165 degrees Celsius
  2. Grease a loaf pan (9 x 5 inch preferably) with melted butter.
  3. In a large bowl, mix oil and honey together.
  4. Add the eggs to it and beat well, with a whisk.
  5. Now put mashed bananas and milk into the bowl. Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature and not straight out of the fridge.
  6. Add the baking soda, vanilla essence, salt and cinnamon to the bowl – whisk blend.
  7. Lastly, stir in the flour, just until combined. Some lumps are alright and don’t make the mix too liquid-y in consistency. (To measure the quantity of flour to be added, it’s advisable to pour it with a spoon into the measuring cup, rather than scooping it in all at once, and then smoothening it out with a knife.)
  8. If you’re adding any add-ons, sprinkle some into the batter now.
  9. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and sprinkle very little cinnamon on top, if you’re a fan.
  10. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes on the rack after you stop baking.
  11. Slice the banana bread and serve hot or cold with a cup of tea!
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Arushi Sana
Arushi Sana is the Co-Founder of Santerra Living, a bio-pellet factory that makes a renewable form of eco-coal and Co-Founder of NYK Daily, a global news platform. She was awarded the Times Power Women of the Year 2022, Times Digital Entrepreneur of the Year 2023, Silicon India's Top 10 Women Owned Startups of Hyderabad 2023 and IHW Council Climate Health Influencer 2024. Arushi is also a speaker for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship at various forms like the World Bank, UN International Solar Alliance and Universities, and was also invited to the UN COP28 UAE Climate Conference. She is a Sustainability Consultant for organisations looking to reduce their carbon footprint and also works with brands on social media to help them carve a presence in that niche. She holds a Degree in Computer Science Engineering from VIT University and a Diploma in Marketing Analytics from IIM Nagpur. She has previously worked in Ernst & Young and Deloitte as a Forensic Data Analyst. Arushi is a writer, political researcher, a social worker, a farmer and a singer with an interest in languages. Travel and nature are the biggest spiritual getaways for her, and she aims to develop a global community of knowledge and journalism par excellence through this News Platform.

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