Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fat & Sugar Free Banana Bread

Unlike the ordinary fat and sugary banana bread, this Fat & Sugar Free Banana Bread is actually healthy enough to eat for breakfast. Two slices with a hot cup of tea or coffee, whatever you prefer, and you are ready to go. I am using greek yoghurt as oppose to normal plain yoghurt to opt the protein content here and the milled flaxseeds and walnuts bring the essential omega 3's. 

Fat & Sugar Free Banana Bread
3 small very ripe bananas
6 soft dates
1 medium egg
1dl fat free greek yoghurt
2dl wholemeal flour
1tbsp milled flaxseeds
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp salt
1/2dl walnut kernels, crushed by hand into smaller pieces

Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF and line the bottom of a medium sized non-stick bread tin and set aside.  

Mix all wet ingredients, including dates, in a food processor and all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Transfer the banana mix/wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add in the walnut kernels. Pour the mixture into the prepared bread tin. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30min or until firm.    

This Fat & Sugar Free Banana Bread is best served cold and is delicious for days ahead. Bring a couple of slices to work and/or give to your children as an afternoon snack. For those of you who like a breakfast on the go, this is your answer to a healthy one. Bring with you from home and grab your hot beverage at your usual place , and forget about the "breakfast-" muffin, bar, and croissant available. 

HEALTH BENEFITS of Banana: Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium. Potassium plays a role in the formation and function of the muscles and helps us convert carbohydrates, protein and fat into energy. For these reasons alone, the mineral is particularly important to those who are looking to shed a few pounds. Potassium regulates body fluid and is often very low in the overweight person where salt is a main ingredient in the diet and where excess fluid is being carried around.  

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