After more than a month of mindless eating and indulging I feel like I am finally back to my old self. All the overeating though made me feel great momentarily, left me feeling bloated, heavy and tired. I just knew I wasn’t helping my body in any way. I had to stop it.
From past few days I am eating lot of salads, veggie stir fries and fresh fruits and feeling so good! It’s amazing what good food can do to you. I bought a lot of fruits and some of the bananas I bought were slowly turning black. I knew I couldn’t eat it soon and I didn’t really want to throw it away. Normally I immediately bake something with it but this time I didn’t want to bake something, eat it (no, i don’t have self control!) and then ruin my healthy diet.
Then I thought why not bake something that will not ruin my diet! Though most of my bakes are healthy, they usually have some oil and sugar which I wanted to avoid as much as possible right now. So I thought I will try to bake a banana bread without butter, oil, sugar and all purpose flour!
So this bread is basically one of my simplest and healthiest bakes. It has very few simple ingredients that you will mostly have at home. It takes hardy any time to make and it’s good/healthy enough for breakfast. It has no sugar or oil, only lots of banana for sweetness and moisture. I never knew banana can be this sweet really!! This sugar-less bread is almost like a banana cake! Sweet pieces of dates only make this taste better. This is a slightly dense bread with a very strong banana flavor which is perfect for me. I will try adding some nuts next time, may be almonds as i am sure it will add a great crunch to it.
I have been eating this whole whet, vegan, sugar less banana bread with home made peanut butter, jams, honey and just simply toasted with tea and I am so glad I made it! If you are on a diet or simply staying away from fatty sugary bakes make this bread and you will be in love!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups mashed banana (preferably overripe)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup finely chopped dates
- 2 tbsp flax seed powder + 6 tbsp water
- 1-2 tbsp sesame seeds
Pre-heat the oven at 150 degree Celsius
Mix flax seed powder with water, stir well and leave it aside till gooey.
Mash the banana well.
In a big bowl add the flour with baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and mix well. now add the chopped dates and stir together. Add the mashed banana and flax seed powder mixed with water and stir till it’s combined. It’ll be a hard dough but don’t be tempted to add any more water. do not over mix. Just stir till it forms a hard dough.
Fold this into a greased loaf pan and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Bake for 50 to 60 mins till it’s well risen, crusty and golden on the outside. A toothpick inserted right in the center has to come out clean and that’s when the loaf is cooked.
Let the bread cool down completely. It’ll be sticky and hard to cut into when it’s still hot.
Note: Every time I post a new recipe I have quite few questions on where to buy the ingredients. There is no unusual/rare ingredient in this recipe. I bought whole flax seeds (which is available in all super markets) and then ground it into fine powder. I use this as egg replacement in most of my bakes and it stores well if refrigerated in an air tight container.