Stuck at home craving a warm snack to go with your morning coffee? Overripe bananas just sitting in the fruit bowl? This healthy banana bread slice is jam packed with wholesome nutrients to keep your body and taste buds satisfied!
What’s so good about bananas?
Bananas are a great versatile fruit – they can be used in breakfasts, desserts, dried into banana chips, blended into a refreshing smoothie or just eaten as a quick on-the-go snack!
Packed with essential vitamins and nutrients, bananas have a heap of health benefits… no wonder they are such an ap-peeling snack 😉
They are rich with vitamin B6 and C, which helps the production of red blood cells, conversion of nutrients into energy, protection of cells and tissues from damage, and supports brain health! Dietary fibre, manganese and potassium also assist with skin protection and maintenance of a healthy heart and blood pressure. Bananas also contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – giving you a fat and cholesterol-free source of energy.
- 1 1/2 cup of oats
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1tbsp chia seeds 2 bananas
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
*Have a splash of milk if your mixture is too dry
Method (4 steps!):
- Mash those bananas!
- Add in all the other ingredients and mix well
- Pour into a lined pan
- Bake for 15 minutes at 180°C or until a fork prick in the slice comes out clean
Feelin’ like something a little extra? Why not try adding in 1 cup of chocolate chips, dried cranberries, cherries, chopped dates, or raisins to the batter! Or for something even sweeter, add a simple cream frosting to the top! Just beat 100g low fat cream cheese, 2Tbsp greek yoghurt, ½ cup icing sugar and ½ tsp vanilla extract! YUM!
Stored in an airtight container, this recipe will last about 2 days at room temperature! However, if you still have leftovers, you can also store in the fridge for up to a week, and even freeze the rest!
Pre or post workout snack?
When talking pre-workout snacks, anything that gives you sustaining energy (aka complex carbs) is your go-to! The carbohydrates in bananas are the perfect source of this, while the potassium helps with your nerve and muscle function! And let’s not forget about those natural sugars to give that pre-workout energy hit!
Pair this banana bread recipe with some Greek yoghurt (high protein source), and you’ll be smashing those PB’s in no time!
Wait a sec… bananas are full of carbs?
For most people, it’s understandable to be weary of the amount and types of carbs you are consuming, but you shouldn’t be afraid! Your body needs carbohydrates for energy, as well as building muscle. The only reason carbohydrates will lead to some fat gain is if you aren’t getting enough exercise to utilize all your carb-fueled energy!
The carbohydrates in bananas are high quality – they are complex, therefore providing more of a durable energy source for your body. This means that consuming a banana as a snack over a packet of “low carb crackers” will actually keep you fuller for longer, meaning you won’t be craving more carb-filling snacks in 20 minutes!
Nutrients such as carbohydrates also increase the absorption rate of supplements such as creatine into your muscles – so, if you’re looking for those gains, creatine and banana is your way to go! No wonder they are natures’ energy snack!
Now, don’t go too nanas over this recipe… JUST make sure to grab a slice BEFORE you give it out to others!