Somehow, we always end up with 3 to 4 very ripe bananas just sitting on the counter. Bananas that are too ripe to eat but are perfect for baking.

This healthy banana bread is everything you want in banana bread. It’s moist and dense and full of flavour and great to pop in the kid’s lunch box or take into the office to gain some extra brownie points with your work colleagues.

And while not being entirely guilt-free this recipe will have your insides as happy as the smile on your dial.

What you’ll need:

2 eggs
1/2 cup melted coconut oil or olive oil
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup milk or Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas about 2-3 medium bananas
1 3/4 cups regular whole-wheat flour or plain all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon optional
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or raisins, optional

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 160C. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat eggs, oil, honey, milk and vanilla for 2 minutes. Stir in the bananas, flour mixture and nuts (or any other add-ins of choice.

Pour batter into greased pan, sprinkle with some more cinnamon, raw sugar, or banana slices (optional) Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, slice and enjoy!