Banana Flax Bread

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Who says you can’t put together homemade baked goods in a flash?  It’s March and the annual Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month.  “Simply Cook and Enjoy” is the theme this year. So why not get the family involved and whip up some healthy treats?

Here’s an old family favourite from my book, The Enlightened Eater’s Whole Foods Guide, which contains a  variety of nutritional superstars.  Look for whole grain whole wheat flour, if possible.

Banana Flax  Bread

Makes 18 slices.

1 1/2  cups  (375 mL) whole-wheat flour
2 tsp  (10 mL) baking powder
1/4 tsp (1 mL)   baking soda
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/2 tsp  (2 mL)   cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
1/2 cup  (125 mL) granulated sugar
3 tbsp (45 mL)  wheat germ
1/3 cup (75 mL) ground flaxseed
2 eggs
1/4 cup (50 mL)  vegetable oil
1 cup (250 mL)  ripe, mashed bananas
1/3cup  (75 mL)  semi-sweet chocolate chips

Sift together the first six ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in the sugar,  wheat germ and ground flaxseed; mix well.

Beat the eggs, oil, and mashed bananas together in a medium-sized bowl. Pour into the centre of the dry ingredients and stir only until the mixture is moistened. Stir in   chocolate chips. Pour the batter into a lightly greased and floured 9 x 5 x 3 inch/2 L loaf pan.

Bake at 350°F /180°C for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan. Cool on a wire rack.

Per serving nutritional information:
Calories:  129
Protein: 3  grams
Fat:   5 grams
Saturated Fat:  1 gram
Carbohydrate:  19 grams
Dietary Fibre:  3  grams
Sodium: 59 milligrams

Do you make banana bread? What are your favourite additions? Please share in the comment section below.

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Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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4 Comments on “Banana Flax Bread”

  1. Deborah Hyndman
    March 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Not sure if I am the only one experiencing difficultly accessing this
    posting. Message is: “error – webpage cannot be found”

    • March 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

      Sorry, Deborah. It was supposed to publish tomorrow but I will put it back up. The hazards of WordPress!

  2. Paula
    March 7, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Could I replace the sugar with applesauce ?

  3. March 7, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Paula, I would start with substituting a small amount of applesauce and seeing how the texture turns. If it is to your liking, then increase the amount of applesauce again. Let me know how it turns out.

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