Super healthy banana and fruit bread

Banana and stone fruit bread image taken from above

Banana bread is maths. Well, trying to make healthy banana bread with no butter or oil, that also isn’t rubbery, is maths. The high butter quantity in banana bread has always annoyed me as it feels like it should be a healthy snack. Banana + Bread = healthy, right? Yea, well, Starbucks banana bread is worth about one and a half snickers bars. I know which I’d prefer…

Banana and stone fruit bread being cut up with a knife

Now to address the elephant in the room – I have been AWOL from the blogging world for the past two months as I was in a play, and needed to find the elusive ‘more time’ in my life. I love participating in community theatre, but during the run of the play it does cut out four hours from each day.

Banana and stone fruit bread image taken from top

That’s sugar on top right there.

But after the play was over I couldn’t find time to blog… and now I’ve learnt a thing or two about life balance. But don’t take my word for it – let me explain my conclusion with maths and a pie chart:

Life when I decided I needed an intermission from blogging (data has been simplified):

Chart 1 showing work, sleep and play in equal amounts
Life after I finished the play and didn’t start blogging again:

Chart 2 showing work, sleep and faffing about, work taking up most of the pie

What would happen if scientists discovered a way for us to not sleep:

Chart 3 showing work and faffing about, work taking up most of the pie

Yea. I know. The figures speak for themselves huh.

The lesson for today – make sure you have plenty of things in your life, especially if there is a void to fill, or the path of least resistance will take over. The path of least resistance makes for boring people.

It’s your pie chart. And like any good pie it needs balanced ingredients.

Wow, this post would have rocked if I had made pie! Shame.

But I have made banana bread with NO oil or butter. Which means you can eat half the loaf in one sitting (you’re welcome!).

Slices of Banana and stone fruit bread

Put it in the toaster and have it for breakfast. Nom nom.

Ingredients
3 medium or two large bananas
1/4 cup natural yogurt
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 ripe mango, or 2 ripe nectarines in chunks, or equivalent of any other fruit you like

A few strawberries, sliced thick, for topping
Granulated sugar and strawberries for topping

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas well. Add the sugar, yoghurt, eggs, and vanilla extract, and whisk briskly to incorporate.
  3. Sift in the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Use a wooden spoon to mix until the wet and dry ingredients are just combined.  Fold in stone fruit chunks of your choice.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and sprinkle with extra sugar and a few strawberries to make it pretty if you’d like.  Bake for 50 to 60 minutes (my oven is slow, and I have baked it for longer). The top should be lightly browned and a knife inserted through the centre should come out clean, or with just a few crumbs.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes before transferring out of a pan and onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Quantity: Makes 10 slices.

Healthy? 188 calories a slice.

Gluten free? No, sorry. More maths than I could do today.

Storage:  Freezes well. Otherwise wrap a tea towel around it and it will keep for up to 5 days.

Inspired by: Joy the baker vegan mango banana bread.

15 Comments on Super healthy banana and fruit bread

  1. bigbutter
    8 April 2012 at 12:41 am (2 years ago)

    This is being made. Today.

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  2. frugalfeeding
    8 April 2012 at 8:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Nice data! I’ve missed you, Clever :D. This is a really great comeback post! You’d better stay around for a while.

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  3. Kristy
    9 April 2012 at 12:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh too bad our quest for the best banana bread is over! No matter, we’ll still make it. The kids have been asking for one and it’s high time I provided. ;) Glad to see you back and hope the play was a success!

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  4. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    10 April 2012 at 7:09 am (2 years ago)

    You’re BACK! :) YAY! I can’t wait to try making this healthy fruity banana bread. The math seems simple enough…if only we could use it to properly balance our lives. That would be peachy.

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      10 April 2012 at 7:14 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Geni! Glad to be visiting my favourite blogs again, it was a lot harder to think about what to make for dinner/bake without all these daily inspirations.

      Reply
  5. Mary
    10 April 2012 at 8:36 am (2 years ago)

    YAY!! You’re back! This bread looks delicious. Love the sugar and strawberries on top.

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  6. Courtney
    10 April 2012 at 11:48 am (2 years ago)

    She’s ba-aaack! So glad to see you back on the internet again, Aimee! Hope your play went well. Love your pie charts – they crack me up. And the bread looks tasty – can’t believe it’s healthy, too.

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      10 April 2012 at 1:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Courtney! The play went very well thanks, and glad to be back on the interwebs too :)

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  7. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
    10 April 2012 at 7:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Welcome back!
    I hope you had a great time in your play.
    I love banana bread but like yourself have always had a problem with all the fat. Can’t wait to try this one.
    Loved the piecharts and you are totally right, if we don’t pay attention we’d just drift with the flow and what a life would that be?

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  8. Amy
    11 April 2012 at 11:24 am (2 years ago)

    so glad you’re back! Hope the play went well. You should totally post a clip on your blog ;)

    I agree that making a low-ish fat while still delicious banana bread is a puzzle. I’ll have to try out your recipe!

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  9. Ragamuffin Diaries
    12 April 2012 at 10:22 am (2 years ago)

    looks so delicious! I love banana bread… and the fruit on top is just gorgeous!

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  10. Anonymous
    8 June 2012 at 2:25 am (2 years ago)

    Added poppy seed, sunflower seed, walnuts, handful each fresh blueberries and blackberries, as well as strawberries on top, and took out a cup flour and added cup pea flour, instead sugar used honey. Now a good hearty snack when hiking in mountains!,

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