Thursday, January 10, 2013

Healthy Wheat Free Banana Bread

Banana bread can be healthy. Seriously, it can.



This is my wheat free low fat ( healthy) version. It's really good and you won't even be able to tell it's wheat free.

Ingredients
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 3/4 cups gluten free plain flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence or paste
3/4 cup low fat milk
1 small egg (lightly beaten)
2 medium bananas ( mashed)
75g butter ( melted)

Method
Preheat oven to 180'C. Line one large loaf pan with non-stick baking paper so that it comes up on the sides. This will make it easier to remove from the pan once it is cooked.

Combine oats, flour, baking powder and brown sugar in a large bowl.
Make a well in the centre and add mashed bananas, milk, lightly beaten egg, vanilla and melted butter and mix until well combined.

The batter will be fairly thick, so you may need to add a small splash of milk if it looks too dry. 

Spoon mixture into loaf pan and spread out evenly with spatula or a bread knife. 

Bake in oven for approximately 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Slice into 8 thick slices. 

You can freeze individual slices until needed.

Serve
For the ultimate healthy breakfast, lightly grill/toast a slice of banana bread and serve with a dollop of low fat greek yogurt and a few berries. 

Calories
Each slice is approximately 280 calories per serve.



Notes
Like most wheat free baked products this bread tastes best on the day it is made. Therefore, I find that it is better to warm or toast defrosted slices prior to serving.

For a non-wheat free version simply replace the GF flour with a regular or wholemeal plain flour.

5 comments:

Simply Life said...

oh this bread looks great! I'm always a sucker for homemade bread!

Ellyn said...

mine is in the oven now! First I had to convert 180c and 75g, LOL PLUS I was 1/2 cup short on the GF flour so I mixed in some almond flour.... will let you know how that works! it sure smells delicious

lifeand3boys said...

this looks really good! but please know that oats are not gluten free, unless you buy the gluten-free kind.

The Food Mentalist said...

Hi Lifeand3boys. You are totally correct. I will amend the title of the recipe to reflect this. For those wanting to know more please copy and paste this link into your browser - it helps to explain this issue in greater detail.

http://www.freedomfoods.com.au/healthy-stuff/Oats-and-Gluten-Free-Diet.aspx

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