Char’s Banana Bread
According to my husband and kids, there’s nothing better than my homemade banana bread. Over the years, I’ve tried swapping super healthy ingredients for the so called ‘not so healthy’ ingredients – and, I always come back to my original recipe. I’m a firm believer: everything in moderation, including moderation. Hope you and your family enjoy this loaf as much as my gang does! Tune in daily to ‘The Eat Everything Diet Cooking Show’ on FB LIVE ~ use hashtag #InCharsKitchen if you recreate any of the recipes and/or tips and kitchen tips!
½ cup (125 mL) milk + 1/2 tsp (2 mL) white vinegar
1 1/4 cup (310 mL) white sugar
¾ cup (175 mL) vegetable oil
2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract
2 cups (500 mL) flour
1/4 cup (60 mL) Char’s magic seed mix *see note at bottom
2 tsp (10 mL) ground cinnamon
1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger
1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
½ tsp (2 mL) baking powder
3 medium overripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped 70% dark chocolate *or dark chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 350 F (180 C). Stir together milk and vinegar. Set aside. Beat together sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in bananas, chocolate and reserved milk until evenly combined. Pour batter between two, 9 x 5-inch parchment paper lined (*or well greased) loaf pans. Bake in center of pre-heated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool completely. Makes 2 loaves (10 slices each).
Char’s magic seed mix: once a month I head to our local bulk food store and purchase equal amounts: chia seeds, hemp seeds and flax seeds (whole, I grind at home) and place the seeds in a large mason jar. When I’m making cookies, pizza dough, muffins or banana bread, I add a few hefty spoonfuls to up the nutrition: fibre, plant protein and good-for-you fats.
Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers Daytime Ottawa, CTV Morning Live Ottawa, CHCH Morning Live, Breakfast Television , What She Said Radio sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.
Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys; Tyler & Colgan.
Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.
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