Updated: Jan 21
Is there anything better than the smell of fresh baked bread? Yes, the taste of fresh baked bread! Warm and delicious right out of the oven, tantalizing the senses and tasting as good as it looks! This bread offers wholesome ingredients like flax and banana along with the protein of eggs and walnuts (or sub with oats) and a crumbly dessert topping that makes you think, "splurge!" Having friends over for coffee? Enjoying a late morning breakfast with the family? Want a dessert style bread to bring to your next social gathering? Whip up a batch of this Banana Flax Bread with Crumble Topping and get ready for some rave reviews!
Did you know.... flaxseed contains heart healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, which contain plant estrogen and antioxidant properties and both soluble and insoluble fiber. Research has noted it's ability to protect against some types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, improve blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation and even help reduce the effects of hot flashes - that all sounds pretty great to me! Whether ground or in it's true seed form, flax is also quite versatile - try adding it to smoothies, pancakes, oatmeal and a variety of baked goods for a nutrient boost!
1 & 1/2 C whole wheat flour (or gluten free substitute)
3/4 C ground flaxseed
2 bananas, mashed
1/4 C light brown sugar
1/4 coconut sugar
1/4 C coconut oil, melted
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 C walnuts, chopped (optional)
2 Tbsp light brown sugar
2 Tbsp whole wheat flour (or gluten free substitute)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/4 C chopped walnuts (or sub with oats to go nut free)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together eggs, sugars, oil, vanilla and mashed bananas. Fold in walnuts (if using) and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Create a hole in the center of the dry mixture to pour in the wet.
Fold the wet mixture into the dry and stir with a spoon until combined (be careful not to over stir as dough will become too stiff).
Lightly coat a 9x5 loaf pan with non stick cooking spray (I like to use a coconut oil spray). Pour batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly.
In a small bowl prepare crumble topping, combining sugar, flour, walnuts (or oats) and melted butter with a fork. Mixture should be crumbly.
Sprinkle crumble topping across the bread batter, then place loaf pan in the oven to bake for approximately 45minutes (or until toothpick removes clean from center).
Cool bread in the loaf pan for 10-15min. before removing. Once bread is removed from it's pan, place on a wire rack to cool an additional 10min. before serving.
Eat and Enjoy!