Secretly Healthy Banana Bread

I don't know about all of you, but banana bread just seems to be getting sweeter and sweeter! Even at the farmers market a few weeks back, I was so excited that there was a new baker will all of these delicious looking breads, so I splurged on one particularly delicious looking loaf of banana bread. I get home... cut myself a slice... and it tastes more like a banana CAKE than a bread! Don't get me wrong, sweets are my weakness, but they have their place. 

When it comes to banana bread, I like to get my sweetness from the BANANAS!! They are already such a sweet fruit, why ruin it with processed sugars? Of course, after that experience, I had serious banana bread cravings as they were just not satisfied by the overly sweetened loaf.

Naturally, I went to the store looking for some nice and ripe bananas. But if I was going to try and make a healthier version of banana bread, what could set it apart from the mass of recipes out there already?? I went to my cabinet of Nature Restore goodies and of course! Milk Thistle!! This slightly nutty powder was just what I needed. Adding a nice detoxifying element to the delicious bread! The slightly nutty flavor of the milk thistle and the subtle sweetness from the bananas and honey made this more of a savory version of banana bread, just what I was looking for! Find the recipe and list of wholesome ingredients below: 

Milk Thistle Detox Recipe from Nature Restore 

Ingredients: 

⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup honey or maple syrup
2 eggs
3 mashed ripe bananas
¼ cup milk of choice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well, then whisk in the mashed bananas and milk.
  3. Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt, milk thistle, and cinnamon, and whisk to blend. Lastly, switch to a big spoon and stir in the flour, just until combined. Some lumps are ok!
  4. Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. If you’d like a pretty swirled effect, run the tip of a knife across the batter in a zig-zag pattern.
  5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before slicing.

  Recipe Simple Healthy Banana Bread

Recipe adapted from cookie and kate