Healthy Banana Bread (that’s 21 Day Fix Approved!)

Healthy Banana Bread that's 21 day fix approved. No sugar. No butter.

Okay, so I really love banana bread. And my mom has this great recipe that is SO not healthy, but man, it’s good. All the buttery, sugary goodness you could ask for. However, since I’m currently doing another round of 21 Day Fix and I all but signed in blood that I would actually be good this time for the whole three weeks, mom’s banana bread was unfortunately off the table.

On Pinterest there were hundreds of recipes but they all called for ingredients that I didn’t have and some appeared more like a science experiment than an actual recipe. I just wanted something simple made with clean ingredients, was that too much to ask for? So, I ended up combining several recipes into one, adding a few remnants from my childhood recipe, and coming up with something that was not only delicious, but I could actually have a few slices without ruining my healthy trend. Enjoy!

Healthy Banana Bread (that’s 21 Day Fix Approved!)

DRY INGREDIENTS:
2 cups of flour of your choice (whole wheat/gluten-free/unbleached AP/almond)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon or apple pie spice

WET INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp vanilla

OTHER INGREDIENTS:
3 eggs
2 1/3 cups bananas (about 5 small bananas)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mashed the bananas and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well.
4. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and cream together. Stir in mashed bananas, then beat eggs (I like doing it in the same measuring cup), add, and blend together.
5. Fold wet mixture into flour mixture. Fold gently, being careful not to over mix (or the bread will turn out flat and tough).
6. Lightly grease two 9×5 loaf pans with a little coconut oil. Pour batter into the two loaf pans
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
8. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Shake the pans gently, flip over, and allow loaves to cool on wire rack.

Serving Size: 1 slice
21 Day Fix: 1 yellow, 1/2 purple, 1 tsp.

Healthy Weekly Dinner Plan | Vol. 1

Healthy Weekly Meal Plan | Vol. 1

I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to come up with what to cook for dinner. Between Pinterest and Facebook, there are are so many recipes that it can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Even if you find a recipe that sounds good, there’s no guarantee that it’s going to turn out that well for you or become another case of Pinterest fail.

For this weekly dinner plan, I wanted to share tried and true recipes from some of my favorite food blogs. But in addition to these being absolutely delicious meals, they are also healthy and build off of the same shopping list.

For breakfast I usually do Shakeology (duh!) and for lunch, it’s a filling salad + protein. For dinner, I’m a big believer of cook-once-use-twice and not repeating flavors more than 2x a week.

Dinner #1- Loaded TexMex Sweet Potatoes
Dinner #2- Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Spinach, and Goat Cheese
Dinner #3- Stuffed Zucchini
Dinner #4- Salmon Quinoa Burgers
Dinner #5- Zucchini Noodles with Cilantro Lime Chicken
Dessert- Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Pops

Enjoy!

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