Runner’s Banana Bread 101

I’ll start this this post with a warning: I am not very domestic and rarely cook. I can follow recipes pretty well but typically don’t have time to spend in the kitchen cooking up a whole dinner or anything else. However, this is one recipe that I love and try to cook as often as I can. It usually takes a plethora of bananas to be dropped on my doorstep to get the motivation! After a high school cross country meet last week, where three bunches of bananas were left over and were waiting to be claimed, I had all the motivation I needed. I ran to the store and stocked up on all the other missing items and immediately got started. I’ve made two loaves of banana bread so far. With more more to come (for the cross country team!).

The best part about this banana bread recipe (which was given to my by a friend – Adam) is that it is full of healthy stuff. I call it the healthy version of your typical banana bread – only really really good. So I figured I’d share the recipe with others and maybe you’ll give it a try. It’s great for us runners – as it if full of fruit, nuts, whole grains, and all that other stuff that helps give us energy! Oh – and it’s so easy. Just mix up the ingredients and let them bake! (You could even go for a 60 minute run while you are waiting for the bread to finish!) Let me know your thoughts!

Runner’s Banana Bread 101

What you will need: 

  • 5 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of whole grain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup sweetener (I usually use a mix of honey and brown sugar;you can also sub in nectar for a lighter taste)
  • cinnamon to taste
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • handful of pecans, almonds, raisins and/or chocolate chips (your choice!)
  • 2 eggs
  • sugar in the raw

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix everything together in a bowl (except for the sugar in the raw)
  • Spray 9×5 baking dish (loaf style) with olive oil and then pour in batter
  • Sprinkle top with sugar in the raw (which will give it a crusty, delicious top)
  • Bake for 60-65 minutes
  • Let cool, slice and eat!



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