A bunch of bananas were sitting in my fruit bowl turning ripe and brown. My new years resolution was to have less food waste. I normally would give them to my mum who happily eats them turning black and syrupy, but lockdown makes that impossible. Banana bread it is then.
Bananas are associated with a number of health benefits. One of the most prominent is blood pressure. They are a good source of potassium which helps maintain blood pressure and reduce cardiovascular strain. Combined with their fibre, folate and antioxidant properties bananas are a great food source for all round heart health. A high fibre diet can help lower blood sugar, which may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Bananas are linked to preventing certain types of cancer. A carbohydrate binding protein called lectin occurs in bananas. They act as an antioxidant, helping to remove free radical molecules from the body. Cell damage can occur with a build up of these molecules. This cell damage can lead to cancer cells developing, in particular leukemia. Their vitamin C content may also play a role in this. Finally bananas are considered beneficial to good digestive health because of their high fibre content.
|Nutrient||Amount in One Medium Banana||Approximate Daily Adult Intake|
|Energy Calories||105||1,800 – 3,000|
|Carbohydrate (g)||27 (14.4 are sugars)||130|
|Fibre (g)||3.1||25.2 – 33.6|
|Protein (g)||1.3||46 – 56|
|Magnesium (mg)||31.9||320 – 420|
|Choline (mg)||11.6||425 – 550|
|Vitamin C (mg)||10.3||75 – 90|
|Beta Carotene (mcg)||30.7||No Data|
|Alpha Carotene (mcg)||29.5||No Data|
|Folate (mcg DFE)||23.6||400|
Low Fat Banana and Walnut Loaf
- 250g Plain All Purpose Flour
- 55g Butter
- 30g Fat Free Yoghurt
- 110g Soft Brown Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 5 Medium Ripe Bananas
- 50g Walnuts
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
Preheat oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/356°F/Gas Mark 4 and lightly grease a 900g loaf tin and line with parchment paper.
Beat the butter, sugar and yoghurt in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy and pale in colour. Mash the bananas with a fork and crush the walnuts in a food processor, or using a pestle and mortar. Add eggs and banana to the butter mix and stir until combined. Fold in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and walnuts.
Pour the mix into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the oven for 60-65 minutes. Use a skewer to check if loaf baked. To avoid burning crust, cover loosely with parchment paper for first 40 minutes of cooking.