Bananas do wonders for your body. Most of the time , they are misunderstood as containing a lot of calories and disregarded. If you’re avoiding bananas completely because you think they are too high in calories for you , then this post might get you to reconsider. Yes , it does contain calories , but at 121 calories , one big banana is merely a tiny part of your diet. Saying this it keeps you feeling full for longer which is great and don’t forget the nutrients it comes packed with.
I personally don’t like bananas much but my family loves it. There has never been a day where there are no bananas in the house. To make this banana bread , I did not use just any regular banana but one of Kerala’s most famous bananas – nenthra pazham. I can write a whole post of how healthy this banana is for you but I’ll limit myself and share its health benefits briefly.
History : It was discovered by Alexander the Great , in the fertile Indus Valley. All sorts of bananas and plantains were discovered in the valley.
This plantain is often mistaken for a banana because they look very similar and belong to the same family. Plantains are always cooked ; never eaten raw. When the peel of a plantain is green to yellow , the flavor is bland and the texture starchy. Once the plantain peel changes to brown or black , it’s high starch content changes to sugar. And that’s when it tastes absolutely yummy .
Nutritional facts :
- It contains a rich amount of fiber (17%), potassium ( 9%) ,folates , niacin , pyridoxine , thiamine and vitamins C (16%) , B6 , A , E & K.
- Total fat is only 2% .
- It aids with weight loss , kidney disorders ( helps naturally remove kidney stones) , urinery and menstrual problems.
- Studies show that it also helps with problems like depression and elevates good feeling hormones within the body.
- It relieves anemia as well.
Some more details about the nutrients present to make you understand things a little better . This is just a summary of their important functions.
- Water soluble Vitamin B.
- Naturally present as floated or folic acid.
- Enhances body’s metabolism , promotes and restores cellular growth.
- Also known as Vitamin B3.
- Plays an important role in the Energy production in the body.
- Vitamin B6
- Increases the speed of the essential chemical reactions in the body.
- Needed for normal brain development and function
- Vitamin B1
- Needed for all the tissues of the body to function properly
- Helps turn food into energy (ATP molecules – they are energy currency of the body)
- Improves memory
All these B – complex vitamins are necessary for the proper functioning of the body and for healthy hair & skin.
Now to make the banana bread , you will need…
Ingredients : ( makes 1 bread loaf – medium sized loaf tin)
For the bread:
- 2 eggs
- 3 very ripe nenthra bananas ( you can use any other banana as well)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 3/4 cup oats ( rolled oats is best )
- 1/2 walnuts ( optional – I don’t like the smell of walnut so skipped it in the bread )
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 & 1/2 cup flour
(Note: 1 cup = 250 grams )
For the amazing cinnamon topping :
- 1/2 sugar
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp melted butter ( which is about 20 grams)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
What to do , a PICTORIAL :
Mix all your dry ingredients together and set aside .
Mix all the wet ingredients together in your stand mixer bowl and add the dry ingredients to it. Beat nicely but make sure you don’t over beat the batter. ( sorry about the picture quality )
For the cinnamon topping , mix all the dry ingredients together . I added some ground walnuts to this mixture for added benefits.
And there you go , that’s the recipe for the healthiest version of banana bread. It is so filling , that one slice along with a steaming cup of coffee makes the perfect breakfast . I like to be a little unhealthy sometimes and have the banana bread with some cream cheese frosting ! This combo is bomb !
Do try it out and let me know in the comments below. Subscribe for there are more recipes to follow !
Bye until then 🙂