As you know, I am always on the lookout for a new banana bread recipe. Here’s another successful one 🙂 . It has a nice crumb texture and it is not too sweet. Now a change of subject…Recounting the number of health/food memes that exploded on ripe bananas, you may have already seen the hype on the anti-cancer substance “Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)”. If not, the memes basically rave about the increase in TNF in ripe bananas, and implies a cure-all to cancer with banana consumption. If you are intrigued with science and health, you may have found it as amazing as I did.
It was not until I looked into the study and other critical articles like this one and read the actual study did I notice a few holes in the messaging. For the most part, nutritional knowledge translation (from research to the producing public messages) , findings are exploited in ads and almost makes people uphold a food for as an individual chemical substance.There are some truths but it bothers me that the messaging exploits one food rather than encouraging lifestyle changes. It’s important to have a critical eye with health memes and simplified health messages… Just some thoughts from a nutrition student.
Anyways, I hope you give this banana bread recipe a try! Portioning the batter into muffin cups makes it easier as a grab-and-go option, but you can bake it into a loaf as you like.
Banana Bread Muffins (Vegan) Yield: 12 muffins
Adopted from More Than Greens
3 tbsp ground flax
6 tbsp water
2 medium bananas + 1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup almond milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour + 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice
handful of walnuts
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1. Mix together flax and water, set aside.
2. Mash the bananas, mix in applesauce, brown sugar, oil, milk and vanilla.
3. Combine the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, walnuts and chocolate chips. Add dry mixture to the banana mixture.
4. Fill baking cups, and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F. Let it cool and enjoy!