Char’s Banana Bread


by Charmaine Broughton

According to my husband and kids, there’s nothing better than my homemade banana bread. Over the years, I’ve tried swapping super-healthy ingredients for the so-called “not so healthy” ones, but I always come back to my original recipe. I’m a firm believer in the philosophy of “everything in moderation,” including moderation. Hope you and your family enjoy this loaf as much as my gang does!


1 cup (250 mL) white sugar

¾ cup (187 mL) vegetable oil

2 eggs

2 tsp. (2 mL) pure vanilla extract

2 cups (500 mL) flour

½ cup (125 mL) Char’s magic seed mix (see note at bottom)

2 tsp. (10 mL) ground cinnamon

1 tsp. (5 mL) ground ginger

1 tsp. (5 mL) baking soda

½ tsp. (2 mL) baking powder

3 overripe bananas, mashed

1 cup (250 mL) 70% dark chocolate chips

½ cup (125 mL) milk

Garnish: melted dark chocolate and banana chips.

Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Beat together sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in bananas, chocolate chips and milk until evenly combined. Divide batter evenly between two well-greased 9 X 5-inch pans. Bake in centre of pre-heated oven for 1 hour, or until cake tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely. Drizzle with melted chocolate and banana chips. Makes 2 loaves (10 slices each).

 Per Serving (1 slice):
266 Calories
14.4 g Total Fat
2.7 g Saturated Fat
0 Trans Fat
20 mg Cholesterol,
86 mg Sodium
31.8 g Carbohydrate,
2.8 g Fibre
17.8 g Sugars
4.6 g Protein


Once a month, I head to our local bulk food store and purchase equal amounts of chia seeds, hemp seeds and whole flax seeds (I grind them at home). I mix them together and store in a large mason jar. When I’m making cookies, pizza dough, muffins or banana bread, I add a few hefty spoonfuls for a nutritious boost of fibre, plant protein and good-for-you fats.


Charmaine Broughton est une spécialiste en course à pied, un amateur en gastronomie et une spécialiste en postes médiatiques alimentaires. Elle est mère de deux garçons (qui ont toujours faim) Tyler et Colgan. Pour en savoir plus sur ses aventures alimentaires et sportifs, visitez

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