Courgette Banana Bread

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Courgette Banana Bread

One of my favourite foods growing up was my mom’s banana bread. We would come home from school to find the house filled with the smell of a freshly baked loaf. It was a way of showing her love, besides the million hugs I received, and contributed to my love of food. For most of us, food is a comfort, a reminder of that unconditional love we received.

As a Nutritional Therapist & Functional Medicine Practitioner, I am always thinking about how to make delicious recipes I grew up with, and remember fondly, a little healthier.

While I encourage my clients to find other non-food comforts and reminders of unconditional love, I also think it’s okay to indulge once in a while. So let’s just make healthier versions of these foods!

Courgette Banana Bread

Recipe by EatLiveLovefoodCourse: Dessert, Snacks
Servings

20

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Resting time

15

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • 710g (3 cups) wholegrain flour (plus 3 tbsp extra, for good luck)

  • ½ tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp nutmeg

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 600g (4 cups) courgette, grated and squeezed to drain water

  • 3 medium or large bananas *see note below

  • 170g (¾ cup) butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 125g (1 cup) pecans or walnuts, crushed

Directions

  • Turn on the oven to 190C (375F).
  • Butter your oven dish (27x10cm) and lightly flour it
  • Grate the courgette and squeeze the excess water out
  • Whisk the eggs and add all the other ingredients.
  • Stir well to ensure there are no lumps
  • Pour into the oven dish, leaving a few centimetres at the top for the bread to rise
  • Bake for 45 minutes. You’ll know it’s finished when you put a toothpick in deep and it comes out clean.
  • I baked this recipe myself in two parts as I wanted to share some of the cake with colleagues.
    I baked it at 180 for 40 minutes as my oven is very hot and efficient because it’s new. Any written recipe I need to lower the temperature. So bear this in mind when you use the instructions above (how hot or old your oven is).

Notes

  • TIP: The best bananas to use are very brown as they are softer and sweeter. When your bananas go a little too brown to eat, throw them in the freezer in a container and save them for a baking day. They will be perfect for this recipe!

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