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. blissful banana bread .

Hearty, healthy, dense, moist, and naturally sweet. What more could you ask for? You would never be able to tell that this recipe is relatively guilt-free, but that’s exactly how you should enjoy it.

Ingredients (makes one 9 x 5 loaf)

  • 1¼ cup spelt flour (can sub with whole wheat)
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 3 medium, ripe bananas (about 1½ cups mashed)
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF, and lightly grease a 9 x 5 bread pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking soda/powder, spices, salt, and ground flax). Stir until well combined, and set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, roughly mash up the bananas with a fork, leaving some chunks in tact.
  4. Add the Greek yogurt and maple syrup to the mashed bananas, stirring until combined.
  5. Using a microwave or toaster oven (and an oven-safe dish), melt the coconut butter and add it to the banana mixture, stirring until fully combined.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir gently. Do not overmix.
  7. Pour the batter into the loaf pan, and bake for 50 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Happy Eating!

29 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2011 9:08 am

    Ahh, this look absolutely delicious!! Guilt free banana bread?! What’s not to love! I can’t wait to try out your recipe girlie, thanks ya:)

  2. July 5, 2011 9:13 pm

    Oh man. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!

  3. July 8, 2011 11:03 am

    Hello!
    I was wondering if you can substitute greek yogurt for applesauce.
    Do you think that is possible, if I don’t have any yogurt on hand?

  4. Jill permalink
    July 13, 2011 3:53 pm

    Think I could use coconut oil instead of butter? Or any other idea to replace coconut butter?

  5. Cat permalink
    July 17, 2011 8:28 am

    This recipe sounds amazing! I don’t have flax, maple syrup, or coconut butter on hand though…do you think subbing the maple syrup with honey and the coconut butter for almond butter and omitting the flax would work out?

    • July 18, 2011 7:56 pm

      The honey and almond butter replacements would be fine, and I’m assuming that omitting the flax would work too, but I’m not sure if the texture would be the same.

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