Monday, September 16, 2013

Healthy Banana Bread

This recipe has been on my to do list for ages but I never got around to making it.This weekend when I had many over ripe bananas lying around with me and didn't know what to do with them I remembered about this recipe then. I have made a few modifications in the original recipe and the result was amazing. It gave me deliciously soft and moist banana bread.The addition of walnuts and chocolate chunks complements the fruity flavor of the bread. This is a perfect recipe for kids, it has loads of fruits hidden in it, made of whole wheat flour with minimal of fat. I also added ground flaxseed powder to it to increase it nutritional value. So it is a power packed treat for kids and adults alike any time of the day. I loved having it with my evening tea.


1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Refined Flour
1/2 cup Sugar, powdered
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
4 small very ripe bananas or 3 large ones
2 apples, medium sized
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
4 tablespoon butter,melted
2 teaspoons flax seed powder(optional)
1/4 cup chopped walnut(optional)
1/4 cups dark chocolate chips( optional)

How to make Healthy Banana Bread

  • Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius. Grease and lightly flour a loaf tin and keep it aside.
  • Peel and core apples. Roughly chop the apples, put them in a microwave safe bowl with 1/2 cup water and microwave on high for 4 minutes till apples are completely soft. Purée them using a hand blender or mixer.

  • Mix the first six dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • In the another bowl add bananas and  purée using the hand blender. Add apple purée, vanilla extract,flax seed powder and melted butter to it.Mix well.
  • Mix the dry ingredients to the banana mixture in 3 batches,gently folding as you mix till a smooth batter is obtained.
  • Finally add chopped walnuts and chocolate chips to the batter,keeping aside little amount to sprinkle on top.
  • Pour the batter in prepared loaf tin,smoothen it and sprinkle chopped walnuts and chocolate on top.
  • Bake at 180 degree C for 45 minutes or till toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Quick Tips

  • If you don't have chocolate chips at hand, roughly chop some dark chocolate and add it to the batter.
  • Make sure to use bananas that are very ripe,as it enhances the flavor of the cake.
  • The addition of walnuts and chocolate chips is optional but highly recommended for the flavors they impart to the cake.
  • Do not over mix the batter after adding flour as it will result in a slightly harder cake.


  1. What should the temp and time for microwave baking be?

    1. If you are baking in convection mode of microwave,just preheat the MW to the stated temperature and bake for the time stated in the recipe.

      However, if you want to make cake using microwave mode only, I would say Cook cake, uncovered, on 50% power for 10 minutes. If not done, cook on 100% power for 30 seconds to 2 minutes or till the surface is nearly dry. Do not overcook the cake under this mode as it dries out fast so even if it appears a little uncooked,keep it aside to cool and then check.

      Cool cake on a wire rack 5 minutes. To loosen, run a narrow metal spatula around dish edges. Invert onto rack. Cool and decorate as desired.