Hello! Good morning! Today I want to share with you a super yummy recipe for healthy banana bread. This recipe has minimal ingredients, has no added fat or sugar and made with the cleanest ingredients. The three main ingredients are ripe bananas, walnuts and amaranth (rajgira). Together they create a moist, dense and delicious healthy banana bread, perfect for breakfast or dessert.
I have been having many trials to create this banana bread. When I was a teen, I came across this delicious banana bread recipe which had chocolate chips in it. It however also had sugar and refined flour and was really not very good for your body and health. I wanted to create a similar chocolate chip banana bread, but packed with a lot of nutrients. Firstly since I wanted this to be sugar free, I added very ripe bananas. This ensures that I do not need to any added sugars, even dates or maple syrup. Just simple and clean ingredient like some ripe bananas. Bananas and walnuts are good friends and I decided I would use walnut flour (walnuts ground to a powder) as a base ingredient. I also wanted this to be gluten free but without a variety of gluten free flours like rice or starch. I wanted to keep it simple. My favourite healthy gluten free star grain at the moment is Amaranth also known as rajgira in India. I decided to grind some whole amaranth into a flour and add it into this mix. If you like Amaranth as much as me, then try this recipe for Coconut Amaranth Granola bars as well.
Now initially I was really aiming high, and tried to make this egg free and vegan as well. However since this also was gluten free bread, the texture without any eggs was very soft and sticky. The flavour was enjoyable but the texture was unlike that of banana bread. I decided that the priority was more to create a simple and nutrient dense healthy banana bread and making it vegan was getting really complicated. I then decided to make this using organic, pastured, free range eggs. These not only acted as the perfect binder to my healthy banana bread recipe, it also was a good source of fat. Hence I did not need to add any additional amount of fat like coconut oil or ghee! The combination of the eggs and walnuts was good enough fat for the flavour and texture of this delicious healthy banana bread. If you are interested to know more about pastured eggs, read this article here. Also check out my previous two recipes for Rainbow Lemon Tarts and the Healthiest Chocolate Brownies. I have explained the benefits of eating pastured eggs regularly as well as shared dessert recipes on how to use them.
Finally I wanted this healthy banana bread to have chocolate chips. I decided to add a combination of cacao nibs and some 99% Dark chocolate chunks into the mix. This is completely optional and the banana bread tastes really good even without the chocolate addition. For me, I love to add chocolate to almost everything! If you want to toast this bread in a toaster, then I suggest you skip adding the chocolate chips as it will melt in the toaster and make a big mess. The cacao nibs will be a good enough source of chocolate. If you would like an egg free or vegan version of this recipe then please do let me know in the comments below and I can give you some suggestions.
This healthy banana bread is great for breakfast with a glass of milk or as a dessert or a mid afternoon healthy snack. It has no added fats like oils or butter, made with walnuts and pastured eggs, is gluten free as amaranth is used and sugar free with bananas being the only sweetener. Please let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments below! I would love to know how this recipe works out for you as well! If you share it on Instagram then please do use the tag @meghnas_ on the image as well as the caption and use #meghnas so that I can appreciate your wonderful creations as well and re-share them on my account!