My Grandma Louise has the best banana bread recipe. It comes out tall, soft, and delicious every single time. Although her recipe is perfect, I was determined to find an alternative to the 1 cup of refined sugar. I found the perfect duo: coconut sugar + honey.
As I started to recreate her recipe, I quickly came to realize that I was almost out of flour, so this banana bread just got an even healthier revamp! I blended quick oats in a hand held grinder to create 1 cup of oat flour that subbed the usual 2 cups of all-purpose flour (yay for more fiber!)
Due to the texture of the oat flour, this recipe doesn’t turn out as tall as Grandma’s, but it’s soft, sweet, and luscious. Trust me, it does not disappoint.
1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup of coconut sugar
1/4 cup of honey
1 cup flour
1 cup oat flour
1/2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
3 ripened bananas
1 1/2 T lemon juice
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray
Cream the coconut sugar and butter
Add the honey and eggs
Combine the dry ingredients, and mix into the wet ingredients
Mash the bananas with the lemon juice in a separate bowl/plate, then mix in with the previous ingredients.
Finally, add the chocolate chips and mix until well combined
*PRO TIP: set 1/2 cup of the flour aside, and mix in with the chocolate chips before adding to the batter. This helps prevent all of the chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom of the loaf.
Spray a piece of aluminum foil with nonstick spray, and cover the loaf for the first 15 min of baking. Remove foil, then continue baking for a total of 50-60 minutes (or until a toothpick comes clean).
Warning: the fresh aroma of this baked banana bread may wake your little one up from his nap.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still make Grandma’s banana bread, but sometimes it’s nice to have a baked good in the house that isn’t full of crap sugar. I enjoy mine best warmed back up with a green smoothie for breakfast, sometimes slathered with peanut butter, or even as a late night snack.