Happy hump day guys! There’s been a lot of meal talk around here lately so let’s focus on snacks for a second. What have you been snacking on? A few of my current favourites include fruit & yogurt, nuts, crispbread with peanut butter, chocolate & the occasional protein bar. As protein/energy bars make great-on-the-go snacks, yet aren’t freely available in Mumbai, I tend to stock up when I go abroad. If you peek into my pantry, you’ll find a decent selection of KIND bars, Luna bars, Bounce Balls, 9bars & Nak’d bars. I raided my stash last week with a Nutz Over Chocolate Luna Bar.
Verdict: How can you go wrong with the chocolate and peanut butter combination?! It tasted liked something straight out of the Reese’s family, with the buzzword “organic” slapped on. However with its looong ingredient list, it’s not something I want to eat daily.
I took matters in my own hands this weekend to make a healthy snack that was as portable, convenient, delicious yet containing everyday ingredients. Enter in a loaf of Banana Bread.
Along with tasting fantastic straight out of the oven, it freezes well too. Just slice it up into individual portions and wrap each slice in cling film. All you have to do is grab & defrost for 10-12 minutes prior to eating. Taking a page out of Luna Bar’s use of buzzwords, I should probably add that this loaf turned out to also be unintentionally both “vegan” & “fat-free”. I tend to be skeptical about baked goods made without butter & oil but this turned out amazingly moist- I’m attributing that to the use of applesauce & mashed bananas.
Vegan & Fat-Free Banana Bread (makes 10-12 slices)
- 1 ¼ cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup oat bran
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup milk (I used soy)
- ½ cup applesauce (I used homemade – click here for the recipe)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
- Preheat oven to 180°C
- Combine dry ingredients in large bowl
- Whisk milk, applesauce & vanilla in a separate bowl.
- Add milk mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until combined. Mix in bananas and combine well.
- Pour batter into a greased loaf tin & bake until toothpick inserted in the centre of loaf comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes
- Transfer to a cooling rack. Once cooled, slice & serve.
i) If you find the batter stiff, mix in another ¼ cup of milk
ii) Adding a layer of nut butter prior to eating is the icing on the cake…literally ;)!
What have you been snacking on lately?
What’s your favorite fruit to bake with?