When a creative cook meets the wannabe fit mom in me… Before you let your imagination loose, let me just finish the thought 😊 Experiments in my kitchen are inspired by my desire to feed my kids healthy and me wanting to keep in shape. This is not an easy task, especially when it comes to sweet treats.
I love making simple and easy things, hence banana bread is often in the repertoire. I have managed to make our fav breakfast/dessert much healthier by simply replacing sugar with stevia and using whole wheat instead of regular refined flour.
After perfecting the recipe, I started contemplating about add-ins. Fruits are the first choice, of course, but in case you get bored, I recommend seeds.
Don’t know where to start? This post is here to help you.
Flaxseed Banana Bread Recipe
Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, and essential minerals. It improves digestion, rejuvenates skin, reduces bad cholesterol levels, restores hormonal balance, lowers cancer risk. Moreover, flaxseed can help you reduce and maintain weight by reducing sugar cravings!
You can include toasted whole flax seeds to give your banana bread a crunchy and a nutty twist but, in baked goods, flaxseed is commonly consumed ground because more easily digestible in that form; otherwise, it can pass through the organism undigested. You can find ground flaxseed in the supermarkets or you can use a coffee grinder to grind them at home.
Flaxseed pairs very well with all sorts of nuts in banana bread recipes, but it also ‘loves’ raisins and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
Healthy chocolate banana bread? This one is my favorite! Combine a ¼ cup of flaxseed with ½ cup whole wheat flour to form the base and add a 1/2 cup of cocoa powder plus a ½ cup dark chocolate chips into the batter to achieve the chocolate taste. Cocoa and dark chocolate are very good for you. They contain antioxidants which help improve heart health and boost your mood. Do I need to mention the divine taste?
Flaxseed is also used to make flax eggs. This is perfect for vegans, people allergic to chicken eggs, or those that are just looking to reduce the calorie count in their banana bread recipe. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water, stir and put the mixture in the fridge to set for about 15 minutes.
There is another flax product you can use to make your banana bread recipe even healthier – flax oil. Refined vegetable oils we are using on regular basis are absolutely harmful. The process of refinement removes all nutrients and infuses them with artificial substances. Butter, on the other hand, is comprised of high amounts of saturated fats which are also to be avoided.
Flax oil is obtained by pressing dried, ripe seeds of the plant. This means that all nutrients remain intact. In addition, this yellowish oil is very low in calories. One advice though: make sure you buy only organic, cold-pressed flax oil from renown brands.
I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!