We all love eating sweet things but restrain ourselves because we consider them unhealthy. This is not necessarily true. A few simple changes in the banana bread base will turn it into a healthy snack. Plus, banana bread allows experimenting with other ingredients that will make it even healthier but won’t spoil its deliciousness. Like those rich in vitamin E.
Find out which ingredients are rich in vitamin E and choose your favorite easy banana bread recipes.
Changing the Base of Banana Bread
First things first, to prepare a healthy banana bread you need to change the base first. Just follow these easy steps to transform your banana bread recipe into a healthy snack:
– Replace regular flour with whole wheat, oatmeal, coconut flour, almond flour or soy flour (read below for whole wheat flour);
– Replace regular refined sugar with honey, pure maple syrup, molasses, agave syrup or stevia;
– Use low-fat or nonfat milk or yogurt for softness and moisture (almond, soy or coconut milk);
– Use unsweetened applesauce or coconut oil instead of butter. Other alternatives rich in vitamin E are olive oil and palm oil;
– You can even ditch the eggs if you wish and use flax or chia eggs.
Benefits of Vitamin E in Banana Bread Recipe
Vitamin E plays an important role as an antioxidant in the body. Antioxidants fight harmful free radicals in our body, which is important for overall well-being.
Consuming vitamin E rich foods can help with the following:
- Balance cholesterol levels;
- Repair damaged skin and hair;
- Balance hormones;
- Improve eyesight.
Vitamin E deficiency symptoms include: impaired vision and speech, as well as loss of muscle coordination, but they are rare.
Here are some suggestions on how to incorporate vitamin E rich foods in banana bread.
Wheat Germ Banana Bread
Wheat germ is the reproductive part that grows into a plant. It is an integral part of whole-grain foods. In the USA, whole wheat flour must contain the whole grain: the bran, the germ and the endosperm. This is another good reason to prepare your banana loaf batter with whole wheat. Or you can at least add a tablespoon of wheat germ into any kind of banana loaf you make.
Almond Banana Bread
Prepare your banana bread base with almond flour, or mix almond flour with whole wheat (1/2 cup of each). Choose almond milk for extra moisture and softness and add a cup of chopped almonds into the banana bread batter. Spice with cinnamon and add some more almonds on top.
Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Banana Bread
One cup of mashed sweet potato or butternut squash into your banana loaf will suffice. These two, like pumpkin and carrot, pair well with allspice, as well as vanilla and nuts, so feel free to add all of them. I usually choose pecans or walnuts.
Avocado Banana Bread
Adding a cup (two medium mashed avocados) of my favorite superfood will make the banana loaf so creamy you won’t be able to stop eating it. Mix it with a cup of chocolate chips in the batter and prepare yourself for a dreamy experience.
Amongst the top 10 vitamin E infused foods are sunflower seeds (add a1/4 cup into the batter and some more on top). When it comes to savory dishes, choose spinach or trout.