Healthy Banana-Granola Bread


   Ripe bananas? Don't throw them away, instead use them for this granola bread recipe. I bake this bread every week, sometimes twice a week. I take to work, to the beach and my son loves it. No oil, eggs, butter or white flour, it is so delicious, moist easy to make and of course ...healthy.

                                             
                                         Ingredients
                                       4 ripe bananas, like the ones on the picture
                                       1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour,
                                       1/2 cup of applesauce,
                                       1/3 cup brown sugar,
                                       1/2 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds,
                                       1/2 cup dried cranberries,
                                       1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded dried coconut,
                                       1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips,
                                       1 tsp of baking powder,
                                       1 tsp of Kosher salt.

                                         
                                          First I add the mashed bananas
                             Then add the rest of the ingredients (not the flour)
                           Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a different bowl
                                                     Mix all very well
        Then add the flour, baking powder and salt mix to the banana mixed bowl and again mix well.              
 Lightly spray some canola oil (I use Pam) and sprinkle a little of whole wheat flour, just a little so the mix won't  stick on the bottom. Distribute flour over the 8"by 8" baking dish by shaking side to side until full covered.
                                         Pour in the mix and take to the oven,
       350f or 180c for 40 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out dry

 It comes out perfect! Let it cool down for 20 minutes before everyone attacks.
 I really like to enjoy my granola bread with honey right after my workout, it is also delicious with a spoon full of natural Greek yogurt.
So before throwing away your ripe bananas, think of Granola Bread!