A Healthy Variation to an Old Favorite… Banana Nut Bread!

Sweet Love's Banana Nut Bread
An amazing and healthy version of traditional banana nut bread. I have worked for a few years to try to get my banana nut bread recipe as healthy as possible and this version is my absolute favorite. I like it even more than other recipes that call for all the unhealthy ingredients. It's amazingly sweet but not overpowering with just the right amount of everything to taste good without making you feel overloaded after eating... Let's be honest... a FEW pieces for breakfast ;)
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  2. 1 Tsp Salt
  3. 2 Tsp Baking Soda
  4. 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  5. 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  6. 1 1/2 Cup Cane Sugar
  7. 1/2 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
  8. 4 Mashed Overripe Bananas
  9. 4 Eggs Beaten
  10. 1 Tsp Vanilla
  11. 1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Toasted Pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans with butter or one large bundt pan.
  2. Sift the flour, salt baking soda and cinnamon into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut oil (slightly warm to room temperature) and sugar until smooth. Mix in the mashed bananas, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture in 2 to 3 parts and mix until just blended being careful not to blend more than you have to but making sure all ingredients are mixed and there are no dry spots. Stir in pecans. Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans. You can also put in a buttered bundt pan as shown in picture.
  3. Bake for 60 minutes in a preheated oven (Since cooking times vary depending on locals and ovens) WATCH YOUR BANANA NUT BREAD AFTER 40 MIN. If the top of the bread starts to darken too much put foil on them for the remainder of cooking time leaving off the last 5 min. I like to put the foil on immediately after they rise then take it off when it has 20 minutes or so left on the baking time to get a crunchy top crust that is perfectly brown. Bake until a knife inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Let the loaves cool in the pans for at least 5 minutes, then put onto a cooling rack. Now, at this point you can wait 10 minutes and slice with a serrated knife and have a piece (the top is crunchy while the inside is moist this way). Or you can cool completely, wrap in aluminum foil to keep in the moisture and have a piece later (the bread will be moist all around this way). You can leave out for 2 days max (depending on humidity levels in your area). If the bread is still there after 2 days, refrigerate!
Notes
  1. Option: Add 1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut for a great coconut -y taste! If you do this add another tsp of Vanilla to compensate for the extra dry ingredient
  2. Option: Thinly line the middle of your Bundt Pan with whole pecans before adding mixed ingredients for a beautiful decorative topping to your bread!
  3. *Do not stir too much! The baking soda reacts immediately when introduced to the mixture and stirring too much causes you to pop all of the bubbles used to make the dough rise. Stir just until incorporated :)
  4. You also need to put the pecans (or walnuts if you prefer) in last so that they do not get the flour mixture on them because they can cause dry spots if they are not introduced when the mixture is wet.
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