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    Aug102011

    banana bread with almonds and chia seeds

    I've been on a bit of a banana bread rampage recently.  I am not really sure what triggered it, but this week I suddenly became obsessed with making a {healthy} banana bread.  I love bananas and I eat at least one every day, but it has been years since I have had a good, hearty slice of banana bread.  Probably because I associate most pastry breads with unnecessary amount of butter, sugar, and flour. But with a craving ensuing, I figured if I swapped some of those bad ingredients out for stuff that is better for you, I could make a healthier banana bread happen. 

    It started when I came home from dinner a few nights ago. At 11:30pm, I pulled out the kitchen aid mixer and started baking away.  I was not fully prepared, and I was lacking a few key ingredients {baking soda and bananas that were the right level of ripeness to name a few} so needless to say when 12:30am rolled around and I pulled my loaf out of the oven, it looked a little like a deflated football with almonds on top. Blurry eyed and disappointed, I forced myself to go to bed and give it a more efficient try in the morning.

    The next afternoon, with all the right ingredients on hand, I gave it another go. As the loaf slowly rose up out of the pan, I knew it already had a better chance than banana bread #1. Victory.  It was not only better, it was a pretty darn good tasting banana bread. And, with the addition of chia seeds {which are high in fiber and omega 3s} and almonds {one of the best nuts out there - high in vitamin E} it also had a few added nutritional benefits. Craving satisfied, and then some. 

    Ingredients

    1 1/4 cups of whole wheat flour
    1/3 cup of chia seeds
    3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
    3/4 teaspoon of salt

    2 large eggs
    3 tablespoons of unsalted butter (melted)
    1/3 cup of all natural packed light brown sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
    3 bananas (very ripe ... can even be brown)
    a handful of finely chopped almonds for topping (optional)

    * You will also need a 9x5x3" loaf pan

    Directions

    - Preheat oven to 350°F. 

    - In a bowl, mix the first five dry ingredients: flour, chia seeds, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 

    - In a separate bowl using an electric mixer, beat the eggs on low until combined.  Add in the melted butter, sugar, vanilla and bananas and mix until combined. 

    - Add in the dry mixture and blend on low until combined.  

    - Place the batter into a pan that is brushed with butter or oil. 

    - Sprinkle the chopped almonds on top.

    - Bake the bread until the loaf rises and it a golden brown color (about 30-35 minutes). 

    - Let the bread cool a little before removing it from the pan.  I like to eat the banana bread slightly warm, but you can also serve it at room temperature.  It should keep for about 3-4 days at room temperature. 

    Enjoy. 

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Just found this recipe and also adding this to my list of things to try! Just bought a bag of chia seeds because they are so good for you and was looking for recipes to sneak them into! Will probably make this with spelt flour instead of whole wheat but can't wait to try it! Bananas still yellow and blemish free so have to wait a few days! ha ha! I'll let you know how them come out! Thanks! Love your blog!

    October 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersevimel

    Just tried this recipe. So simple and delicious! Thanks for posting. Can't wait to try more of your recipes. :)

    January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRene Smith

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