Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Bread
this photo does not do the bread justice, I waited until there was only one slice left to photograph it… ;)
This bread is undeniably delicious and perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even as a warm dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It isn’t too sweet to have in the morning, but you can reduce the flour and increase the sugar if you want it to be extremely sweet and dessert-like.
- 2 eggs
- 2 ripe bananas
- 4 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 3/4 cup sugar or NuNaturals Baking Blend
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cups wheat bran (you can just use more flour or ground flax, the purpose is increased fiber)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup chocolate chips (depends on your taste, I wanted less)
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup walnuts (depends on your taste, I wanted tons)
Whole wheat flour * when you choose white flour over whole wheat flour, you are losing over half of the B vitamins, fiber, folic acid, calcium, zinc, phosphorous, copper, and iron. Whole grains reduce your risk for diabetes and have also been linked to weight loss and maintaining a lower BMI.
Wheat bran * contains TONS of iron, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous and antioxidants! 1 cup has 25 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein!
Bananas * High in potassium which helps the body eliminate excess salt and water (good for bloating)! Also help prevent muscular cramps and improve blood circulation. Bananas are high in zinc, which is key for healthy hair. They have also been linked to the prevention of stomach ulcers because they protect the stomach mucous layer. They are high in vitamins C and A, and phosphorus (which helps improve memory).
Cinnamon * High in antioxidants. Also aids in controlling blood sugar levels. Why does blood sugar matter? Spikes in blood sugar are bad for your health because they cause your body to increase insulin production. Insulin, among many other things, tells your body to store fat. Therefore, eating a sugary/high-in-simple-carbohydrate meal = blood sugar spike = insulin spike = store fat. Even worse, years of insulin spikes can lead to insulin resistance, which can then lead to diabetes.
Walnuts * contain the healthy monounsaturated fats!