We all love banana bread!
It is one of the simplest sweet treats on the planet and yet utterly delicious. I am sure you all know that overripe bananas are the best to use in your banana bread recipes but did you know that banana bread is not a bread at all? Or that it is very good for your heart? Read on and find out more interesting facts about your favorite delight.
- Banana bread became widely popular with the invention of rising agents like baking powder and baking soda in the 1930’s. Before that, housewives used pearlash.
- The first banana bread recipe appeared in Pillsbury’s Balanced Recipes cookbook but this treat became more widely accepted after another recipe appeared in Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book in 1950.
- By definition, banana bread is a quick bread because it contains no yeast but does contain baking powder. Cooking experts claim that it is actually more a cake (or, to be more precise ‘tea cake’) than a bread. This is due to the fact that it contains quite a lot of sugar. They believe that it is called bread because it’s cut into slices and served with butter, unlike traditional cakes that are cut in wedges and usually richly frosted.
- Banana bread is very good for your heart and bananas take all the credit for this. They are very rich in potassium, a mineral that regulates blood pressure and normalized heart function. However, it is worth noting that all health benefits of banana bread recipes go out of the window if you load it with refined sugar. Use stevia or raw honey instead.
- In addition, bananas have a very low glycemic index, which gives you an energy boost. This makes banana bread a perfect breakfast treat that will kick start your day!
- Bananas have arrived in the USA in the 1870’s and became an instant hit, finding their way into many desserts. Today, are the most consumed fruit in the States; over 90% of the households in the US buy bananas at least once a month. We bet a good portion of them ends up in banana bread recipes.
- And finally, your banana bread recipes are all mutants! The good old yellow banana we all eat and love is a genetic variation on the numerous other varieties (more than 500 to be more precise). It is also the sweetest variety of all. Furthermore, bananas appear in a whole rainbow of colors – some are even vibrant pink and taste more like strawberries. They also come in many shapes and sizes, from large purple-colored plantains to tiny finger fruits.
So, what are you waiting for? Go out there and find some pink bananas. It’s time to make banana bread recipes even more fun and exciting!
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