Seems too good to be true, I know. So does the fact that I'm actually posting. HA.
Seriously though, I do want to post more. It's just, I'm on vacation right now. And there is no stand mixer here. And no food processor. And the gluten free flour aisle is pathetic. And I really just want to sit on the beach and think about chocolate chips all day anyways.
Seriously, I found my new favorite chocolate chips. I even dug the package out of the trash can so I could remember to tell you what kind they were. I guess they're called Nestle Dark Chocolate Morsels. They're just... so big and beautiful. And they melt really well and are just overall delicious. I know, they probably have some dairy in them, but it won't hurt to have one or two, eh?
Okay, so let me tell you about this banana bread.
I love it because it's really moist and... sticky? Does that sound weird? Well, I like it. And it's healthy! You can keep it even healthier by skipping the chocolate chips and maybe adding some chopped nuts and dried fruit if you want.
Or just add nuts, fruit, and chocolate chips. That works too.
Now, if it isn't your goal to make a healthy snack that you won't feel too guilty about when you down half a loaf for breakfast, you could always try my Nutella swirled banana bread. You could even try it with gluten-free flour! It's full of butter and sugar and all the goods, and since it is Fat Tuesday after all, I wouldn't blame you.
Seriously though, the one day I post something healthy-ish, it's Fat Tuesday. What is wrong with me.
Okay, so wanna hear the big secrets to this bread? Well, first of all there is no butter or oil. Instead there are bananas (um... duh) and unsweetened applesauce.
Seriously, I don't know why they usually sweeten it. I can hardly tell the difference.
The other secret is adding honey instead of sugar. I mean, supposedly that supposed to be better for you. You could also use maple syrup or something. Orrr.... you could just use the sugar. You'll probably survive.
Obviously, the final secret is using gluten free flour. I used white rice, but what I really wanted was oat flour. Like I say, this grocery store down here has no selection and there's not even a food processor to grind my own oats. It's a tough life my friends.
Anywho. You should definitely make this. And if you use oat flour, please leave a note in the comments to let me know how it turned out!!
Secretly Healthy Banana Bread
Makes 2 8-inch loaves or 1 10-inch loaf
2 large eggs
1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup, sugar, or other sweetener)
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup oat flour (or any other type of flour; gluten-free, all-purpose, or whole wheat. I actually used white rice)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (more or less as you prefer)
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (the ones pictured are not quite ripe enough, I used four smallish brown speckled bananas, mashed well)
Optional mix-ins (chocolate chips, dried cherries or cranberries, pecans, walnuts, etc.)
Grease two 8 inch loaf pans or a 10 inch loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Mix together the eggs, honey, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix together the flour, salt, soda, powder, and cinnamon and add to the wet ingredients. Stir in the mashed bananas and mix well. Add in any mix-ins. Divide even in the pans and bake about 45 minutes for two loaves or an hour for one (until a toothpick comes out clean or with a few crumbs attatched). I cut each 8 inch loaf into about 12 pieces.