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Sugar-free Banana Oat Bran Loaf!

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This is what happens when you raid your pantry; you come out with an amazing treat! Earlier in the day i was bored out of my mind. There’s this thing  i have where i get restless when i haven’t baked in a while. It’s usually when i haven’t baked in about 4 days. I get really edgy and then i just cannot focus on anything until i cure the itch. It’s a baking addiction. First step is knowing, right?

I struggle to keep a healthy lifestyle. Cutting out excess carbs and added sugars from my diet as much as i can, but it’s really tough when you love baking. When i am not busy, my days are filled with looking through a variety of baked goods on the web and getting inspiration, researching and trying new recipes. So imagine trying to stay away from white flours and added sugars and all the bad-for-you-good-stuff. It’s tough! See what i did there? 🙂

So in my state of restlessness, i remembered i had bananas getting overripe and some honey crisp apples. I have an undying love for banana bread so that was definitely the first thing that came to mind. Now, i have had issues replacing sugar with honey in recipes and i really wanted to keep this “added sugar” free. You know “au naturel”. Then i remebered that applesauce can be used in place of sugar, but i had never tried it. So i decided to make my own applesauce. With diced honey crisp apples, chopped dates and cinnamon boiled and pureed, my applesauce was ready in 30mins.

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I was looking for something high in fibre, low in carbs and calories, yet moist and really good enough to match up to the real deal. Have you heard of hard wheat red bran? I hadn’t heard of it before i stumbled on it at Bulk barn about 6 months ago. What caught my attention was the carb and fibre content – 100grams (about 2 cups) has 59 grams of carbohydrate and 40 grams of fibre. How awesome is that? Thing is, after buying it i just didn’t know what to do with it. I wasn’t even sure if i could bake with it. So in the pantry it stayed until today when i decided to do a little research and discovered it could be used for muffins and all things baked. Imagine my excitment! So with my gut i went, and ended up with a moist, delicate, light and oh-soo-good Banana Oat Bran Loaf. Believe me, it packs a punch! With hard wheat red bran, oat flour, dessicated coconut, coconut oil, bananas, applesauce, its definitely a balanced diet 🙂

A slice of this goodness has about  180 calories, 24grams of Carbs, 4.5grams of fibre, 5.5grams of fat and 3.3grams of protein.

Ready?

Banana Oat Bran Loaf

Makes one 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 Loaf
Serving – 10 healthy slices

Key Players

Hard Wheat Red Bran – 1 cup
Oat Flour – ½ Cup
Cake Flour – ½ Cup
Banana; Overripe – 2
Egg – 1
Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut – 2 tablespoons
Coconut Oil – ¼ Cup
Applesauce – ½ Cup
Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
Baking Soda – ½ teaspoon
Salt – ¼ teaspoon
Cinnamon – ½ teaspoon

For the applesauce:

Apples – 2 (I used honey crisp)
Dried pitted dates – 4
Pinch of cinnamon

  • Peel, core and dice the apples. Place in saucepan with about ¼ cup of water, chopped dates and cinnamon and boil on medium to low heat for about 25 mins. *apples should be soft*img_1852
  • Puree in a blender.
  • Set aside to cool.

Let’s Bake!

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4
  • Mash the bananas
  • Add the applesauce, coconut oil and egg to the mashed bananas and mix until fully combined.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the wheat bran, oat flour, cake flour, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated
  • Pour into a greased loaf pan
  • Bake for 40 – 45 mins
  • Leave to cool.
  • Slice and enjoy!

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Notes
*Store in the refrigerator

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