Around our house I am constantly trying to feed my family a “clean” diet. A few years ago though, I had no clue what it meant to eat clean!
I have always enjoyed eating healthy foods, and when I heard the term “eat clean” I seriously thought this term was referring to the cleanliness of foods from a safety stand point. I remember being confused thinking why would people knowingly consume “dirty” food.
We all are aware of pesticides and the need to thoroughly clean our produce. In my ignorance of not knowing what the cool kids were talking about, I made it my effort to wash my apple twice before eating; just to make sure I could be included into all of the “eating clean” discussions I was hearing around me.
Now, I am a little older and wiser and know that “clean eating” and my idea of eating “healthy” are actually one in the same.
Clean eating means eating foods for their nourishment when they are in their most whole and natural state; consuming foods that are additive free and that are in season and grown close to home.
Knowing the definition of clean eating means that I am constantly trying to tweak meals and baking to make sure my family is eating the best foods for their growing bodies. This means a lot of trial and error, leaving out certain ingredients in cooking, and choosing better quality products; cleaner cooking!
Cooking with bananas that have a short counter life, is a great way for our family to squeeze money out of our grocery receipt each week.
If the peels to our bananas have lost their pretty yellow glow, and are replaced by a beat up blackened looking peel, we remove the skin fast as can be, dispose of it, and throw our too ripe banana into a freezer zip lock bag.
Once the bag has four bananas we move on to the next bag. Sometimes we end up having so many bags of frozen bananas that my husband threatens to throw out our baking gold, when he suggests this we get to work baking up a storm for the hungry monkeys in our house.
Here is our Perfected Clean Banana Bread Recipe!
2 Cups of whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of baking soda
1/3 cup of butter
1/2 cup of organic honey
2 free run eggs
1/4 cup of Greek yogurt
4 ripe medium bananas, smashed
Mix your dry ingredients together first, then in a separate bowl mix together your wet ingredients, make a well in your dry ingredients and pour the wet into it.
Mix with a wooden spoon. Leave clumps of banana for lovely bites of deliciousness!
Bake at 400F for 15- 20 minutes depending on oven temperature.
You wont miss the extra sugar or butter or the all purpose flour that is in traditional banana bread. Instead, you will enjoy this moist mellow banana bread that is complete with its delicious flavor and healthy clean ingredients.
This one has become our favourite banana bread recipe in our house and I swear that is why the hubby complains when our frozen banana supply adds up!! He must want us to bake!!