I will be heading to Michigan this weekend with my family and snacks will be needed. This afternoon I finally set out to make the banana walnut bread using the recipe from the book, 100 Foods To Stay Young. Food #91 to stay young by is walnuts. Some interesting facts from the book says:
-walnut shells are used in facial cleansers, as paint thickeners, to clean metals and as explosive fillers. And the inner husk is used for making strong brown dye.
-walnuts are a good source of ellagic acid, an antioxidant that possesses some anti-cancer properties.
-walnuts are high in zinc, selenium and phytosterols.
-walnuts are high in omega 3 fatty acids and omega 9 fatty acids. They help prevent clogging of arteries, arteriosclerosis, heart disease and stroke.
Other facts about walnuts that come from the “California Walnuts: A Guide for Industry” booklet I received through school:
-it takes 5 to 7 years for a walnut sapling to grow into a mature tree, and it can bear fruit for 100 years.
-have countless health benefits, some including weight management, bone health, rich antioxidant content, brain health and blood lipid levels.
Banana Walnut Bread
Makes 1-2 loaves
3 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup brown sugar
2-3 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup flax seed oil
1/2 cup apple sauce
3 tbsp plain yogurt
2 tbsp soy milk or milk
1. Mash the bananas and mix in the rest of the ingredients.
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp wheat germ (optional)
1 tsp baking powder + 1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
dash of cinnamon (optional)
handful of raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts + extra for topping
2. Combine all together and stir evenly.
3. Add to the wet ingredients and mix well.
4. Pour batter into 2 lined pans. Top the batter with crushed walnuts.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees F or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
I had a taster, it is so soft and moist making it more like a loaf instead of a bread. This tops my other favourite banana bread recipe! It may seem like the ingredient list is hefty, but it’s really not shocking when they are mixed. Each one contributes to the goodness of the final product 🙂