Lately, I’ve been focusing on making healthier choices when it comes to the food I’m eating. This year I have been taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle, slowly getting into the habit of creating a manageable yet purposeful, well-rounded life.
Over the years, my experiences with diets have been short lived. Which is why I no longer do diets. Just the word, “diet” has such an awful association of deprivation in my mind. Updating and improving your lifestyle overall is so much more rewarding and creates long-lasting, impactful results.
With my lifestyle updates, I’ve been making smarter decisions when it comes to what I fuel my body with. However, I don’t want to say no to splurging every once and awhile. If I want to go out for a burger then that’s exactly what I’m going to do. But when I can, I make healthier choices by swapping those bad areas for better options.
That’s exactly what I did with this banana bread from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. I wanted to indulge in a chocolatey breakfast treat without all the guilt. And so, I found this healthier banana bread option that incorporates whole wheat flour, yogurt, and of course just a small amount of chocolate chips. 🙂
You know it’s a successful healthy recipe swap when it tastes just as good as the guilt-filled original. I would have to say, this banana bread recipe is exactly that. Just as good (dare I say it, if not BETTER) than your typical banana bread. This recipe is officially my go-to for all future banana bread baking. I made this loaf just last weekend and instantly knew I had to share the recipe with you. We haven’t even finished the loaf and I’m daydreaming about making it again.
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (I use Fage Total 0%)
1 cup very ripe bananas about 2-3 bananas, measure by 1 cup
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar lightly packed
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Beat together the greek yogurt and mashed bananas (simply smash with a fork).
3. Add the eggs one at a time to your greek yogurt and banana mixture. Beat after each addition.
4. Beat in the vanilla and brown sugar until combined.
5. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined (over stirring or beating will make a denser bread).
6. Gently stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
7. Spray a bread pan then transfer the mixture to the pan and then bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick when inserted comes out clean.I added a tin foil tent around 40 minutes to avoid excess browning).
8. Remove and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan and transferring to a cooling rack.
I’m definitely going to have to try more of Chelsea’s Messy Apron’s recipes! What’s your favorite healthy but doesn’t seem healthy recipe?