Looking for a healthy and delicious snack option? This banana bread recipe is very tasty and depending on how health-conscious you are, you can vary the amount of sugar to be either very healthy or moderately healthy! This is also a great snack for kids.

1 & 3/4 cups self-raising flour
1/4 cup plain flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Between 1/3 - 2/3 cup brown sugar (vary the amount according to taste and healthy-eating requirements! If using a small amount of sugar you may want to add 1 tsp of vanilla essence with the wet ingredients for a little extra sweetness)
1/2 cup skim milk
2 eggs, lightly whisked
50g butter or margarine, melted, cooled
3 overripe medium bananas, mashed
1 extra banana, sliced, to decorate top
1 tsp extra melted butter or margarine

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush an 11 x 21cm (base measurement) loaf pan with melted dairy spread to lightly grease. Line the base and 2 opposite sides with non-stick baking paper, allowing it to overhang.
  2. Sift the combined flours and cinnamon into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and make a well in the centre. Place the milk, eggs, melted butter and banana in a medium bowl, and stir until well combined. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Cut the extra banana into slices and place on top of the mixture. Brush the bananas with a little extra melted butter (If you are feeling extra-healthy you can leave the extra butter out, the bananas on top will just dry out a little).
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into slices to serve.
Note: The original recipe came from taste.com.au, but has been modified after several attempts for a healthy, low sugar but still tasty version for kids (which adults also love!).
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