Banana bread is a sweet, sugary comfort food that reminds many of us of home-cooked breakfasts. If you pick up a slice or loaf of banana bread at the supermarket or cafe, odds are that it’s full of sugar and trans fats. You want to avoid both of these sneaky ingredients to keep your brain healthy.
This doesn’t mean you have to give up on banana bread, though. Baking banana bread in your own kitchen can drastically reduce the fat and sugar content. And, when cooking at home, you can add healthy fats, seeds and spices that promote brain health.
Next time you have a craving for banana bread, try out this easy recipe adapted from The Everything Guide to the Mind Diet by Christy Ellingsworth and Murdoc Khaleghi, MD.
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed (it MUST be ground as it is used to replace eggs in this recipe. If your seeds are whole, you can grind them with a coffee grinder.)
- 6 tablespoons water
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1.5 cups whole wheat or gluten free flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (opt for the real stuff, not imitation vanilla, which can be made from animal products)
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts or almonds
- Preheat oven to 350℉. This recipe works best in an 8x3 loaf pan. Oil the pan and set aside.
- Place the flaxseed and water into a small bowl. Stir until combined and set aside. (This mixture is also called a “flax egg” and can be used in most baking recipes that call for 3 eggs.)
- Place bananas, sugar, flour, baking powder, olive oil, vanilla, nuts and your flax egg into a mixing bowl. Stir until mixture is moist and combined. Don’t over stir. Pour into oiled pan.
- Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes on the middle rack. Insert toothpick in center of loaf of bread. Bread is fully baked if toothpick is clean.
- Remove pan from oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
- Enjoy! Share with friends, family and coworkers.
- Adapted from Ellingsworth, C., & Khaleghi, M. (2016). The Everything Guide to the MIND Diet: Optimize Brain Health and Prevent Disease with Nutrient-dense Foods. Simon and Schuster.