Making banana bread is one of my favorite ways to use ripe bananas. Bananas are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. One medium sized banana is about 110 calories and contains 450 mg of potassium, 9 mg of vitamin C (15% of the daily value), and 0.5 mg of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine is involved in several steps of carbohydrate metabolism. Basically it helps convert carbohydrates into glucose which helps maintain normal blood sugar levels. Also, the more green your bananas are the higher they are in inulin or resistant starch. This means green bananas are lower in sugar and they help feed healthy gut bacteria. Green bananas are great in smoothies!
Back to ripe bananas and banana bread now. I called this “Breakfast Banana Bread” because I added some protein powder and I like eating dessert for breakfast, duh. This is a great recipe for meal prepping and storing in the freezer for quick ready-to-eat breakfasts!
Breakfast Banana Bread
- 3 ripe banana, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 1/4 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add all of the ingredients except the mini chocolate chips and stir to combine until there are no dry ingredients left. Lightly coat the mini chocolate chips with oat flour and stir into the batter. (This keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the batter.) Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and cut into eight slices. Store in the refrigerator.
Number of servings: 8 | Servings size: 1/2 inch slice
Calories: 274, total fat: 5 g, total carbohydrates: 45 g, dietary fiber: 5 g, sugars: 16 g, protein: 15 g
What’s your favorite mix in (chocolate chips, walnuts, etc.) for banana bread? Tell me below!