Banana bread is always moist and sweet, but a vegan banana bread filled with healthy ground seeds really adds to the satisfaction you get with every bite. It goes great with a cup of tea in the morning, especially chai tea!
This banana bread is full of real fruit, wholegrains and good fats including omega-3, so it is completely different to the usual high refined carbohydrate content banana breads you can typically buy in a cafe. The omega-3, magnesium and iron content of the healthy chia seeds and tahini (sesame seed paste) really give this banana bread a health boost, particularly good for brain health. The coconut oil used in this recipe is another great ingredient to include as it is heat stable (i.e. still healthy when baked) and it can promote fat metabolism, helping you to burn more fat. What more can you ask for from a slice of banana bread!?
Ingredients (serves 8):
- 35g (3 tbsp.) white chia seeds (they come as white or black)
- 200ml oat milk (choose one with no added nasty ingredients. ‘Oatly organic’ is a good one).
- 80g (approx 20) dates
- 50g coconut oil
- 3 ripe bananas (when they start having dark spots on, this is ideal)
- 50g tahini
- 200g wholegrain spelt flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
1. Preheat the oven to 160 deg C, and prepare an oven tray with grease proof paper, or alternatively grease with 1 tsp. coconut oil. I recommend using this temperature, as chia seeds and sesame seeds are not heat stable above 180 deg C, so the healthy omega-3 fats can be ruined if heated too high.
2. Grind the chia seeds (in a spice / coffee grinder) for a few seconds. Blend the dry ground chia seeds into the oat milk in a blender.
3. Melt the coconut oil in a pan on a low / medium heat.
4. While the coconut oil is melting, chop the dates roughly into quarters.
5. Add the chopped dates and melted coconut oil to to the mix in the blender, and blend for a few minutes until the dates are in small pieces.
6. Add 2 bananas and the tahini to the mix, and blend.
7. In a large bowl, sieve the spelt flour and baking powder, mix and stir well. It is especially important to sieve the baking powder, as this can otherwise form lumps. Sieving gives a more even and lighter texture to the banana bread.
8. Pour the blended liquid mix into the large bowl containing the dry ingredients and mix well.
9. Pour the mix into the baking tray and add 1 thinly sliced banana over the top.
10. bake in the oven at 160 deg C for 50 minutes.
11. Once the banana bread is baked, take it out the oven and leave on a rack to cool for at least 20 minutes.
Brew a nice cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy your delicious satisfying healthy creation!