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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Banana Bread...a slightly healthier version

When it comes to banana bread nothing beats this version but I wanted a healthier option so after a few attempts I came up with this.
There's no oil or white sugar and it's sweetened with honey, dried fruit and as a bonus it also has some extra hidden vegetables.

Banana Bread - a slightly healthier version

  • 2 eggs 
  •  100g honey 
  •  175g self raising flour 
  •  125g wholemeal flour 
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice 
  •  1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 
  •  ½ teaspoon baking powder 
  •  3 small very ripe bananas, mashed 
  •  100ml natural yoghurt 
  • 1 medium-large carrot, grated finely (about 125g) 
  • 1 medium-large zucchini, grated finely (about 150g) 
  •  75g sultanas 
  •  75g dates, finely chopped 
  •  50g walnuts, chopped

  Optional toppings 

  • Crushed walnuts 
  •  Brown sugar 
  •  Oats


  • Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, grease and line a 26cm loaf tin with baking paper 
  •  Using an electric mixer beat eggs and honey together for several minutes until light and fluffy 
  •  In the meantime, sift flours, spices, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder together in a small bowl, set aside 
  •  Add mashed bananas and yoghurt and continue whisking until incorporated 
  •  Using a wooden spoon, mix in dry ingredients until just combined 
  •  Fold in grated carrot, grated zucchini, sultanas, chopped dates and chopped walnuts until all incorporated 
  •  Spoon into prepared tin and add optional toppings if using and bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes , test with a skewer, it should come out clean 
  •  Allow to cool slightly before removing from tin

Why use bicarbonate of soda in a recipe?  

  • Baking powder and bicarbonate of soda are both leavening agents
  • When added to a batter, the leavening agent causes air bubbles to expand when heated and therefore causing a rise
  • Bicarbonate of soda is used in recipes that contain an acidic ingredient e.g. lemon juice, sour cream, buttermilk, cocoa or honey
  • Baking soda starts to react and release carbon dioxide gas as soon as it is added to the batter and liquid is added
  • Bicarbonate of soda has a slightly different quality to that of baking powder when used in baking
  • It can have a slightly tangy or soapy taste and it makes a lovely golden colour, think of it used in the making of honeycomb
  • It gives cakes a very specific texture unable to be achieved with baking powder
  • It needs to be sifted well and measured precisely to avoid the bitter taste

Do you like to hide veggies as well?
What's your favourite hidden veggie recipe?
Are you baking today?

Whatever you are up to today, I hope you enjoy each moment ♥

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Maxabella said...

You make it look so easy, Cathie.

I hide vegetables in everything. Zucchini hides well in any recipe so I always put it in... x

SweetThingsTO said...

Looks divine! I just saw a recipe where they grated pumpkin - that would be a great vegetable to "hide" also!

Kamana said...

sounds divine!

Catherine said...

Ooh I love recipes that are nice and healthy like this one especially with those hidden veggies. No baking today but yesterday I did make some Strawberry Banana Oat Muffins which seemed to have been enjoyed by everyone. xx

Libbie said...

Looks so hearty Cathie! There is always too much zuccini around in the summer :) Good idea to use it up!

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

mmmm yum! I love a recipe that is yummy AND healthy!

Martina said...


jennie said...

This looks super healthy but also super yummy!!

We haven't needed to hide veges - Miss 11 is away on a school trip at the moment and will be craving her veges/salady bits I'd say!XXXJ

Lola Nova said...

Oh yum! Now that the weather is turning colder that looks to be the perfect bread!

If I make a dipping sauce, I can keep all of the vegies out in the open.

flowersandhome said...

Thanks so much for this recipe Cathie! Can't wait to try it.

humble habit said...

Hi Cathie,
I have been following for a while now only realised I could come directly here and not the rss feed. I love this recipe and am keen to give it a go, the Bi carb info was very helpful too.

Jane S said...

Thanks Cathie, I am printing this off now to try!

Rosita Vargas said...

Exquisito y muy lindo me encanta,abrazos y abrazos.

Alisa : Ink Caravan said...

Wow Cathie, that is the healthiest looking Banana Bread ever! Can't believe you managed to hide that much veg in there, what a legend!
I have a fussy eater over at mine so I have had a go had hiding the odd veggie with mixed results but this recipe was certainly v. yummy - the recipe link is here http://inkcaravan.com/2011/07/05/smuggling/

xx Alisa

trishie said...

I love this! The addition of honey and oats sound yummy.

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Relyn Lawson said...

Hi, friend. I've missed you.

Fitness Food And Style said...

Sensational !!! LOVE IT!!! If ever you want to go a step further Cath, you should try The Healthy Chef ~ Teresa Cutter. She's the staple of all my meals now that we have crossed over to the clean eating side :-))

Love your blog!!! XxDani

Millie said...

MOTH buys Bicarb in 44-gallon drums. He uses it for everything, some of which I couldn't possibly repeat on your beautiful blog Cathie. So off to dip into his Bicarb stash for this fab recipe. His record-breaking cholesterol count will thank me for it.
Millie xx

Blonde One (Deb) said...

made it twice now and I am sure that I will be making it many many more times, it is the new favourite, along with Pink cupcakes. x

Kymmie said...

Hi Cathie, Oh, I love your blog and pretty stars that follow me. It's so nice to pop in and see you've updated your blog. I think instagram took over our blogjo???

I want to try this bread. I make your muesli slice all the time and love it! So, I can only expect good things with this one too! xx

Jeane M. said...

So chic! Glad I've learned another way to trick the picky eaters haha. They love banana bread and this is really perfect. Got my eye on your next posts.

Elisa {With Grace and Eve} said...

Amazing!! Yum!! I'm going to try this, thank you xx

Relyn Lawson said...

Yum! I've been missing my blog-hopping habit and I wanted to stop by and say, "Hello, friend. Merry Christmas."

Mehul said...

I really can't wait to try it. Tomorrow I will try sure. thanks. xo
~ Mehul
Architectural Stone

Relyn Lawson said...

You always share with such an open heart. I love this place! Thank you.

tea with lucy said...

i tried something similar-ish last week to use up some zucchini but it was an epic fail. a bit to much experimenting and winging it on my part. will give your recipe a go for sure - it's got to be a winner!!

rachel xo

Melissa Mitchell said...

What a great recipe. Loving this blog.

Relyn Lawson said...

Come back, friend. Come back.

Really? Just know you are missed.

Jessi said...

i am back on blogger!

That looks delicious Cathie! You are such an amazing cook :)

joanne said...

my husband buys bananas every time we go to the shops and a bunch always end up going bad.. so I am constantly making banana things. I can't wait to try this one though, love the healthy twist!!!