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What Is Clean Eating? (Clean Banana Bread Recipe)

 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.
Let cool for five minutes and then dig in!! 
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!! 
 I hope this version of Clean Banana Bread becomes a favourite in your home of monkeys too!! 

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  • Chrissy
    March 22, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Bethany, Just stopped over from French Country Cottage. I love the recipe and pinned it to my eating healthy board. I tried your follow button, but got a yellow (!)? I will try again.

  • bethanygier
    March 23, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Hi Chrissy! Thank you for letting me know about the follow option! I DID notice this last night, and tried to fix it, but unfortunatly it seems to be on BLoggers end. 🙁 🙁 I am sorry, and realize how frustrating this would be. I hope they can fix this problem soon!! Again, my apologies and thanks for giving me a heads up!!

  • Fran Mclean
    March 31, 2013 at 3:49 am

    This recipe looks amazing!! I love cooking with whole wheat. I haven't done it in a while but have been wanting to start up again. I think this banana bread is just the one to start me off again. Thanks for the recipe.

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  • LD Herfst
    June 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Bethany,
    I'm right on the Clean Eating Badwagon with you! We are all really enjoying eating as heathfully as we can (to tell the truth, I am pretty sneaky about it and often the little boys have no clue!)
    This recipe looks delish 🙂 We are huge banabread fans in our house, and I will definitely be giving this one a try. I usually add 2 more bananas than the recipe calls for, and add in 1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats. It helps "bulk up" the recipe and stretches it a little bit further – great when baking muffins!

  • pauladmiller
    September 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    This seems to taste great, but 15-20 minutes was definitely not enough. I have actually let it cool down and it is completely still dough 🙁 heating back up the oven to bake it some more.

  • bethanygier
    September 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Pauala, Sorry about your recipe not turning out as desired! That is the worst! Our oven is quite new and is also gas, that could be why my recipe only took 15-20 to cure. All oven temperatures and cook times vary so when I mention times and temps they may not always work out the same for everyone. Next time, before shutting off your oven and taking the time to comment to me, just insert a toothpick into the centre of your baking. If it comes out clean then it is cooked, if it comes out wet and or goopy it will need a longer cooking time! 🙂 Problem solved! Good luck!! Baking is all about trial and error and I try my best to take the guess work out of recipes and to share them for free here on my blog. I hope once it is fully cooked you will enjoy it as much as we do!!