RECIPE: Banana Bread

It's a lockdown classic! 

But perhaps there was more to the lockdown banana bread craze than just having time on our hands to stay home and bake… bananas can actually help us feel better if we’re struggling with stress, anxiety or depression. Check this out:

  • Bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
  • Bananas are also high in potassium. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, reducing our potassium levels. These can be re balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

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Check out our healthy banana bread recipe here!

Ingredients
  • 3 very brown bananas
  • 75ml of vegetable oil
  • 225g of plain flour (any flour is fine like: oat flour, gluten free flour, whole meal etc.)
  • 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 3 tbsp of plain 0% fat greek yoghurt
  • 50g of dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tsp of cinnamon
Method:
  1. Heat oven to 200/180
  2. Peel bananas and mash with a fork, once mashed up completely add the vegetable oil & yoghurt
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, chocolate chips/sugar and cinnamon and mix well
  4. Lightly oil the the loaf tin and add in the mixture
  5. Cook for 30 minutes and check to see if fully cooked by sticking a fork into the bread to see if it comes out clean
  6. If not fully cooked, cook for another 10 minutes
  7. Once cooked, bring to cool and slice (usually makes 8 slices)
  8. Tastes great on it’s own or top with some yoghurt and berries!
Each slice is about 250 calories and super tasty! (fat= 11.4g, sugar= 9g, salt= 1.2g)

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