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Olive Oil Banana Bread with Flaxseed and Raisins
Who doesn't like a scrumptious loaf of banana bread? A couple thick slices of this goodie, quite filling but not too heavy, will make a lovely breakfast. As a snack, it pairs nicely with either coffee or tea. It can even be a dessert if glazed with some sugar icing or topped with a scoop of ice-cream. It's totally your choice how you'd like to enjoy it. Now get your oven and measuring cups ready!
What Makes this Banana Bread Nutritious?
Olive Oil - Benefits of using olive oil in baking are substantial. Unlike butter, it doesn't contain cholesterol. And unlike margarine, it isn't an inflammatory ingredient. Olive oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, has been known to keep the heart healthy, boost brain function, lower your cholesterol and prevent a host of illnesses from type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis to strokes and cancer.
Flaxseed - Similar to olive oil, flaxseed is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. On top of that, it is filled with dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1 and lignans, which are antioxidant compounds that counteract the damaging effects of free radicals in the body.
Raisins - These little dried grapes have gotten a bad rap for their high sugar content, but if consumed in moderation, they can actually do the body more good than harm. Raisins provide a considerable amount of dietary fiber that can relieve constipation and improve your overall digestive health. Plus, research has shown that raisins contain three times the amount of antioxidants found in grapes, their fresher counterparts.
Please Rate this Healthy Banana Bread Recipe
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 30 min
- Ready in: 40 min
- Yields: 1 loaf (about 10 slices)
Flaxseed Banana Bread - Ingredients
- 1/2 cup unbleached whole-wheat flour
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar***
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinches of salt, nutmeg and ground ginger
- 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium bananas)
- 3 tbsps light olive oil***, plus a teaspoon for greasing the pan
- 1 large egg and 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup raisins
Notes on some of the Ingredients
***Feel free to use light brown sugar or regular white sugar instead. Both are acceptable substitutes.***
***You may opt for extra virgin olive oil if you don't mind its distinct aroma in your banana bread.***
How to Make Olive Oil Banana Bread from Scratch
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Put the dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, ground flaxseed, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ground ginger and raisins) in a mixing bowl.
- Stir together well with a whisk. Set aside.
- Beat together mashed bananas, egg, egg white, olive oil and vanilla extract.
- Add half of the dry mixture into the egg mixture.
- Beat together until well combined, then add the rest of the dry mixture and continue to beat until completely blended.
- Grease a loaf pan with a teaspoon of olive oil.
- Put the banana bread mixture into the pan and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 - 35 minutes, or until golden brown on top and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove your delicious banana bread from the oven. Allow it to cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then unmold and serve.
Olive Oil Banana Bread - Calorie and Nutrition Info
|Serving size: 1 slice|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 3 g|
|Carbohydrates 29 g||10%|
|Sugar 15 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 4 g||8%|
|Cholesterol 20 mg||7%|
|Sodium 16 mg||1%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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Alternative Options for Your Personal Liking and Health Concerns
- Make it cholesterol-free - For those with cholesterol or heart problems, go with 3 egg whites instead of 1 whole egg and 1 egg white.
- Make it diabetic-friendly - Yes, this banana bread falls in the category of high-carb snacks, but it also has its merits. It contains flaxseed, a diabetic superfood with plenty of dietary fiber that will decelerate sugar absorption, helping diabetics avoid sugar spikes. To make it more diabetic-friendly, replace sugar with a natural sugar substitute, such as Stevia, and cut down the raisins to 1 - 2 tablespoons.
- Make it more mature - Replace vanilla with rum extract, coffee extract or Kahlua. Just because it's a healthy recipe doesn't mean it has to be meek in flavor.
- Add texture - To give it some crunch (and extra nutrition!), add a handful of chopped almonds, walnuts or sunflower seeds to the batter.
- Add sinful ingredients - We all have to break bad once in a while. If you don't want to keep it super healthy all the time, that's fine. Give this banana goodness some pizazz with a few tablespoons of chocolate morsels or chocolate chips. Also, feel free to serve it with some cream cheese, honey, or a dollop of ice-cream.
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