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Trail Mix Chia Banana Bread

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I always like to pack as many nutrients into a breakfast bread as possible, so that it will stay with me until lunch. This one does the trick. With my last batch I forgot to add the butter, and, surprisingly, didn’t miss it at all, it was still moist and decadent.

Further Food Commentary:

This bread is chock full of protein, fat and whole grain carbohydrates that really will stick with you all morning. White whole wheat flour is essentially an albino version of the red wheat used for standard whole wheat flour with the same essential components (bran, germ and endosperm). Using a trail mix ups the nutritional ante with the variety of fruits and nuts, while keeping the flavor exciting. Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar, and turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory spice. Adding chia seeds boosts fiber, healthy fats and satiety.

By Casey Giltner, Nutritionist
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Trail Mix Chia Banana Bread

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  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:60 mins
  • Servings: 12

Ingredients

2 cups white whole wheat flour

1½ teaspoons cinnamon

¾  teaspoon turmeric

¾ teaspoon coriander

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ cup sugar

2 eggs (slightly beaten)

⅓ cup melted butter (about 5 ½ tablespoons)

2 bananas (peeled, quartered lengthwise, then sliced)

1 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup organic trail mix

¼ cup chia seeds, poppy seeds, other seeds, or a mixture of your choice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, salt, baking soda, baking powder and sugar and and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate large bowl, mix eggs, butter, buttermilk or yogurt and vanilla well.
  4. Stir dry mixture into wet ingredients until almost blended.
  5. Fold in trail mix and bananas.
  6. Spoon batter into greased loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until knife inserted in the center of the lof comes out clean.
  8. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove loaf from pan.
  9. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

 

Suggested pairings:

Spread with pecan, almond, or peanut butter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, salt, baking soda, baking powder and sugar and and mix until combined. In a separate large bowl, mix eggs, butter, buttermilk or yogurt and vanilla well. Stir dry mixture into wet ingredients until almost blended. Fold in trail mix and bananas. Spoon batter into greased loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until knife inserted in the center of the lof comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove loaf from pan. Serve warm, or at room temperature.   Suggested pairings: Spread with pecan, almond, or peanut butter.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 261; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 49mg; Sodium: 663mg; Potassium: 207mg; Carbohydrate: 43g; Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 24g; Protein: 6g

Nutrition Bonus: Iron: 8%; Calcium: 6%

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