Let me just tell y’all about this banana bread. This stuff is GOOD. Like, really, really good, and you would have no idea that it was gluten-free, or moderately healthy, at all. In fact, no one in my family even believed me when I told them it was. We all just devoured it much too quickly.
I favored it warmed up for a few seconds in the microwave, just to get those chocolate chips all melty and delicious and absolutely wonderful. This is real, homestyle, tastes-like-mommy-made-it banana bread. It reminds me so much of the chocolate chip banana bread my mom would always make for my sister and I when we were left with too many overripe bananas. Mmm, such good stuff, except instead of the oil and sugar that made mommy’s banana bread, this one uses honey and applesauce! And because it’s healthy, you can have more slices without the guilt. May I suggest having a piece with some peanut butter on it? Mindblowingly delicious (<–whoops, made up a word, but it’s accurate). Of course, to keep it healthier, leave out the chocolate chips. I just can’t have banana bread without chocolate chips, so I had to include them.
I made this a few days before I left for London, so it’s been a little over a month since I had it, but in the notes that I took about to remember how I felt about this banana bread, I wrote “SO GOOD. You won’t forget this banana bread, promise.” Thanks self, you were right. Totally did not forget about it.
Being here in London, without a kitchen to bake in, is slowly starting to kill me! I miss being in the kitchen to cook or bake, and I especially miss eating fresh baked goods and home-cooked meals. Especially when I’m writing posts like this and all I want to do is whip up a batch of banana bread, chockfull of chocolate chips and deliciousness.
However, I’m going to Paris this weekend to celebrate my best friend Paige’s 21st birthday (yay, happy birthday Paige!!!!) and will most definitely be gorging myself on croissants, baguettes with beur de sel, and lots of wine. Don’t worry – I’ll document as much of the trip as possible to share with you all! Thank you all for being the best readers ever by the way, you guys have been giving such amazing suggestions about places to go in London, and each place I’ve been that was recommended by you guys has been seriously awesome. Y’all are the best!
Now, go make some banana bread, and have an extra slice for me! :)
Secretly Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten Free)
- 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup oat flour*
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips optional (but encouraged)
- Grease one 9"x5" loaf pan and preheat the oven to 350º F.
- In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, honey, applesauce, mashed banana and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon and add to the wet ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake about one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Let cool, and enjoy!
*Make your own oat flour by grinding oats in a blender/food processor until they're a fine powder!
Recipe barely adapted from Yammie’s Gluten Freedom