Growing up, the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven was one I cherished. My mother was always making her signature banana nut or zucchini bread for family gatherings or just for the three of us to devour at home.
When the bananas we’d purchased a little too long ago would start to ripen, mom would throw them in the freezer until she was ready to bake. So, a few days ago when I noticed the bananas in my fruit bowl getting a little too dark, that’s exactly what I did. And although my mother would leave them in there a few days, I couldn’t stand the temptation. I HAD to bake some banana bread right THEN. But not just any banana bread… I knew I had to find some kind of recipe that still took my healthy eating into account, but still tasted just a delightful as my moms.
I began scouring Pinterest, and stumbled across this AH-MAZING looking banana bread recipe from Cookie+Kate and just couldn’t pass it up! By the way folks, Kate’s cookbook is a must have for any health-minded or vegetarian eater. I’m certainly no vegetarian, but I sure do love her recipes!
I love that Kate’s recipe is made with whole-wheat flour and has NO refined sugar added! Although her recipe calls for local honey, I opted for 1/3 cup of agave nectar, which I seem to be obsessed with lately. I also added in lots of my own goodies including pecans, coconut shavings, and Philosophie Cacao Magic Superfood Protein! With just ONE tablespoon, this protein powder packs ten times the antioxidants of green tea, more magnesium than 3 cups of broccoli, and more calcium than a glass of milk! Crazy, I know.
Now remember, if you added lots of mix-ins like I did, your bread may need to bake for a little longer. Just pop it back in the oven, set the timer for another 5 minutes, and test it with a toothpick once it’s back out!
Now for the best part… the recipe!
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* Remember, there are tons substitutions for many of these ingredients to easily make this recipe vegan, gluten free, or even grain free! Just do some research to find the best substitutions for you! *
I hope you enjoy this banana nut bread as much as I did, and be sure to comment to let me know what you think!