February 23rd is National Banana Bread Day!!
by Patty from Dogbarks
Bananas are a Superfood for your heart, providing an excellent source of vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C - nutrients that help promote heart health.
A study published in Nutrition and Cancer found that those who consumed bananas three or more times per week had a 72% lower risk of colorectal cancer compared to those who consumed them less than one time per week.
Children who eat just one banana a day have a 34% less chance of developing asthmatic symptoms, according to new British research.
Bananas have health benefits for every stage in your life, such as reducing abdominal pain in children and lowering blood pressure in adults.
"Yeah, I like cars and basketball. But you know what I like more? Bananas." - Frankie Muniz
(American actor, musician, and racecar driver.)
And here's a nice healthy version of this favorite treat!
- Combine in a large bowl:
- 2 c whole spelt flour (or whole wheat or barley - or a mix of flours)shopping list
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Combine separately:
- 3 lg very ripe bananas (about 1&1/2c) - mashed
- 2 eggs
- *1/2 c brown sugar or sucanat
- 1/2 c milk or substitute
- zest of a lemon or orange (optional)
- 2 tsp vanilla or 1 Tbsp dark rum
- Mix wet and dry until just incorporated.
How to make it
- Pour into a generously greased and dusted loaf pan - any smallish pan will work.
- Bake at 350 for about 50 min - a toothpick inserted in center should come out clean.
- Wait 10 minutes before removing from pan and placing on a rack to cool.
- Enjoy :-)
- * For sugar-free or a lower-sugar banana bread, replace the sugar with 1/3c of unsweetened fruit juice concentrate (apple, orange, white grape), agave syrup, maple syrup or honey.