Looking for a quick and easy baking recipe to try that can help to support gut health? Banana Bread (Or Banana Loaf) contains some important nutrients to help our bodies to perform at their best - and it’s delicious too!
In just a few simple steps, create your own Banana Bread. It’s perfect with a cuppa, but why not serve it with a nut butter spread or topped with berries and yoghurt?
- 100 g self-raising flour
- 40 g oats
- 2 eggs
- 130 ml olive oil
- 3 ripe bananas
- 3 tbsp milled flaxseed
- 80 g sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- optional add walnuts for extra crunch
- Preheat the oven to 180oC (or 160oC if using a fan oven) and grease a loaf tin with a little bit of olive oil.
- Mash the bananas in a bowl, whisk in the eggs and add the sugar to the mix.
- Add in the remaining dry ingredients and blend.
- Add the remaining olive oil and stir to a creamy and airy consistency.
- Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and make in the oven for 25-30 minutes. After this time, put a knife into the middle of the loaf. If the knife doesn’t come out clean, leave to bake for a further 5 minutes.
Serve with a nut butter spread or topped with berries and yogurt.
Why are these good for my gut?
Banana Bread can be a guilt-free sweet treat, thanks to a number of important nutritional qualities.
Collectively, we don’t reach our daily recommended intake of fibre. A study by the British Nutrition Foundation found that just 9% of adults in the U.K meet the recommended 30g intake per day. The seeds, oats and bananas give a variety of fibre and can be a great way to bridge the gap!
The oats in Banana Bread are incredibly nutritious. Oats contain important vitamins and minerals such as manganese, which is believed to support metabolism and cell growth, phosphorus, a nutrient linked to bone health, and copper which is believed to contribute to cardiovascular health.
Olive Oil is a rich source of vitamin E, which is thought to play a role in supporting the immune system. It also contains monounsaturated fat, which is shown to increase levels of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein) and reduce levels of harmful cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein).
The flaxseed is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acid, an important nutrient that our bodies can’t make on their own. Plus, as well as fibre, the bananas are a rich source of potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
Nutritious, delicious, surprisingly simple to make and an engaging way to bake with children – what's not to love? Try making Banana Bread today!
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