With 2015 gone and 2016 here to stay for a year comes one of the most common new year resolutions that are usually long forgotten by February: eat healthier. Let’s face it, even if you’re not a new year’s resolutions kind of person, you’ve thought about it at least once in the first few days of 2016. And like all of us, the determination to consume healthier foods slowly fades as the days go past, our lives get busier, the $3 slice of pizza looks a lot more wallet-friendly than shelling out big bucks for fresh fruits/vegetables at the grocery store, or when all the holiday chocolates go on sale after Christmas.
I think the key to maintaining the determination of eating healthier is to be realistic and honest with yourself. For example, salads are the bane of my existence and I know that. So it doesn’t make sense to try and plan out kale salads for lunch every day of the week for me. To put it simply, I easily stay determined to eat foods I enjoy and contrary to belief, there are foods out there that taste good and are healthy at the same time. I found this amazing Maple Banana Bread recipe from The Heart and Stroke Foundation (http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.9277763/k.8449/Recipes__Maple_banana_bread.htm) when I was baking for a bake sale and was surprised by how delicious it was, considering the super healthy and nutritious ingredients. I will definitely be making this recipe throughout the year! Without further ado, let’s get baking:
- 1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat flour
- 1 cup (250 mL) large flake oats
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) wheat bran
- 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
- 3/4 tsp (4 mL) baking soda
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed well
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) plain 0% Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) maple syrup
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) canola oil
- 1 egg
Also: feel free to add extra ingredients into the recipe to customize your own banana bread. Some great add-ons would be nuts, seeds, cranberries, raisins, etc. For mine, I added in about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.
1.Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, oats, bran, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda.
2. Blend the bananas until they have an even consistency and pour into a bowl.
3. Add the yogurt, maple syrup, canola oil, and egg and mix well.
I got a little carried away and tried to make a heart barista-style, kind of an epic fail 😀
4. Once the wet ingredients are whisked well, pour into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix together.
It doesn’t look the most appealing pre-bake, you know you did the recipe right if it looks like lumpy oatmeal!
5. Pour mixture into a parchment paper lined and sprayed 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (1.5 L) loaf pan and bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 40 minutes. You can also insert a toothpick in and if it comes out clean, the banana bread is done.
6. Let the banana bread cool for 10 minutes before turning it out of the pan and serving it.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and let’s all stay inspired and motivated this year to eat clean and think consciously about what we put into our bodies, but also equally important -to treat yourself every now and then!