Healthy Blueberry Banana-Nut Bread is really special. I had a hankering for a slice of my niece, Heather’s, delicious banana bread, but I wanted to see if I could make a healthier version of it. The honey and wheat flour give it a rich nutmeg color. I just tested it for doneness a few minutes ago and I can tell this is going to be a wonderful tasting bread.
These are the changes I made: instead of sugar I substituted honey. Instead of cheap all purpose flour I used wheat berries that had been ground by a friend. I can’t remember if she sprouted them first or not. It resembles a pastry flour like a cake flour. I also added whole wheat flour and ground flaxseeds. Instead of the chocolate chips I used fresh blueberries. I thought of using coconut oil instead of the butter, but I went ahead and used butter and eggs according to the original recipe. Because the original recipe had self-rising flour, I added 1/2 tsp. each of Kosher salt, baking powder and baking soda.
If you are looking for a healthy, sugarless but deliciously, rich bread recipe, this is it! It is a very moist bread with a delightful crunch thanks to the pecans. I pity those who can’t eat nuts due to food allergies because the pecans adds so much texture and flavor to this bread. While not exactly “guilt-free” this bread comes really close. 🙂
When I first posted this recipe in August 2012, I had just begun my blog a couple of months beforehand. I had little knowledge of photography let alone blogging! My pictures were really of inferior quality, so I decided to remake this recipe last week (October 2014) to send on to some friends who recently had a baby. I took some new pictures so you can more adequately see what this scrumptious bread looks like. I hope you’ll give it a try.
Healthy Blueberry Banana-Nut Bread turned out very moist, flavorful, and healthy to boot!
I loved Healthy Blueberry Banana-Nut Bread even though I didn’t use any sugar. (I’m a sugar fantatic!) It was still plenty sweet from the honey and moist from the butter that’s placed on top after baking.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Place softened butter in a mixing bowl. Add mashed bananas, honey, eggs, baking powder and salt.
Put all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Add wheat flour, flax seeds, walnuts, blueberries and unbleached flour or home-ground soft white pastry wheat flour.
Stir ingredients with a wooden spoon to combine.
Spray baking tins with Baker’s Joy cooking spray. Pour bread mixture into prepared pans.
Bake at 350 until done. I think these took about an hour and 15 minutes in my oven. Yours may not take quite so long.
Allow bread to cool completely in pans before slicing down.
Healthy Blueberry Banana-Nut Bread is a wonderful option for holiday breakfasts.
Time for a slice…or two of Healthy Blueberry Banana-Nut Bread. You can tell from the picture that this is a very moist bread.
Here’s the recipe.
HEALTHY BLUEBERRY BANANA-NUT BREAD
(My recipe inspired from a banana bread recipe from my niece, Heather, Colorado Springs, CO)
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 cup honey
- 2 eggs
- 4 large overripe mashed bananas
- 2 cups soft white wheat berries, ground into flour (all purpose unbleached will do or a pastry flour)
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup ground flaxseeds
- 1 cup Diamond chopped walnuts or pecans, but any kind will do
- 10-oz. fresh blueberries or 12-oz. frozen blueberries
- ½ tsp. Kosher salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- Mix butter, honey, eggs, bananas, baking powder, salt, and baking soda with an electric mixer until well mixed.
- Stir in flour, wheat flour, flaxseeds, walnuts or pecans, and blueberries with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Pour into 4 miniature loaf pans that have been sprayed with Baker’s Joy cooking spray.
- Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until a knife inserted into center of bread comes out clean.
- Each miniature loaf yields about 6 slices.
Healthy Blueberry Banana-Nut Bread is a great breakfast treat or snack. Obviously, if you were using sugar this would look great with a dusting of coarse sugar on top or powdered sugar. But since I am trying to stay away from sugar and sugar substitutes, it is what it is!
This bread is filled with blueberries, bananas and walnuts for wonderful flavor and crunch.
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