Updated: Aug 13, 2020
As far as banana bread goes, you shouldn't need any convincing!
What may require some convincing is that banana bread can taste even better than the traditional recipe, without the use of butter, oil or refined sugar! That may sound like a bold claim, but you're just going to have to trust me on this one.
My chocolate chip banana oat bread is high in protein, low in calories, and full of indulgence and flavour. One quarter of the loaf exceeds 12g of protein for under 300 calories, packed with over 5 grams of
fibre to leave you satisfied (but still wanting more). Full of complex carbohydrates with a hint of fast-acting sugar, a slice of this loaf can serve as a great pre or post workout. But a word of warning, one slice might lead to two, maybe three...
Here's What You'll Need:
115g 0% Fat Greek yogurt (the solid kind as oppose to runny ie. FAGE)
2 ripe bananas, mashed (250g)
3 tsp Maple syrup (Grade A)
1tsp Vanilla Extract
60g Rolled oats
1tsp Baking soda (Bicarbonate of soda)
1 tbsp Cinnamon
130g Plain white flour
12g Cacao nibs or chocolate chips
Here's What You'll Need to do:
1) Preheat oven to 180°C and grease your baking tin of choice, alternatively you can use baking/greaseproof paper - I used a 8x4 loaf tin.
2) In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs until the yolks are broken.
3) Whisk in the yogurt, bananas, maple syrup and vanilla extract until smooth.
4) Stir in the oats, baking soda and cinnamon until combined.
5) Finally, stir in the flour until just combined and fold in the cacao nibs.
6) Pour the mixture into baking tin and bake until a toothpick or knife inserted into the centre comes out clean, the time depends on the dimensions of your pan, upwards of 25 minutes.
7) Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.
8) This banana bread is best served warm so there's no need to hang around!
Even if the bread has cooled fully some time later, a quick blast in the microwave followed up with and a tsp of light butter will have you'll be in all kinds of heaven!
1/4 of the loaf: 299cal, 12.1g protein, 52.4g carbs, 5.1g fat, 5g fibre, 12g sugar (natural)
FULL LOAF: 1,195cal, 48g protein, 210g carbs, 21g fat, 21g fibre, 28g sugar (natural)