Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sugar free banana bread

I have posted several times about what a fussy eater Noo is. You can read here and here how much his eating habits drive me crazy. I'm always swinging between the emotions of fear for his health and exasperation at the stubbornness of that little kid who is so energetic, healthy and happy, yet so under fed. If Noo sat down and ate an entire Happy Meal I think I'd probably cry with joy. You don't hear that from many parents, do you?

Noo decided last week he liked banana bread again so I was more than happy to oblige by making him some. I would make him anything as long as he ate it and it had no sugar - so I can have some too. Yes, I'm back on that bandwagon.

Last Monday I was up late trawling through Pinterest (go on, follow me!) going through the multitude of 'healthy' banana bread recipes. Egg free, gluten free, sugar free, nut free, with nuts, no oil, with oil, vegan... It was all getting overwhelming but I clicked like on a recipe I thought looked pretty good and repinned it.

The pin then showed itself on my Facebook feed and a mum I know through my online study ventures commented on the picture, chucking in her favourite banana bread recipe. It was so simple! But it included the banned substance. A further comment from me asking if I could swap out the sugar with rice malt syrup prompted a comment from my sister's mother in law who said if I was to do that I'd have to up the flour or the batter would be too runny.

And, voila! I had a recipe to try and I had to try it immediately.

At midnight I found myself throwing the ingredients together and by the time the loaf had been baked it was heading towards 1am but the recipe was a success.

Sugar free banana break mark I and Noo with a mouth full of it

Every last mouthful was eaten and the friends and family that had a taste enjoyed this delicious sugar free treat.

After a few requests on Facebook for the recipe I decided to make this delicious sugar free banana bread again, taking photos as I went to publish here on the blog. What better way to get clicks? Surely that title alone has a whole lotta SEO magic happening. Only time can tell.

Without further babbling, here is the recipe:

Sugar free banana bread


125 grams butter
1 cup rice malt syrup
1 egg beaten lightly
3 small-medium ripe bananas
A sprinkle or two of mixed spice or cinnamon (depending how spicy you like it)
1.5 cups of wholemeal self raising flour


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease and line a loaf tin.

2. Melt butter and rice malt syrup in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

3. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Add flour and spice.

3. Combine cooled butter and rice malt syrup with egg then add to banana, flour and spice. Stir until combined.

4. Pour batter into lined loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes or until cooked.

Mix it, bake it, rise it, cool it, eat it - super easy sugar free banana bread

That's it!

Let me know if you make it and how it goes.

Yum, yum pig's bum.


Disclaimer: Just because this recipe is sugar (fructose) free does not mean it is low in calories but it is super easy to make and super delicious to eat. It is a treat and should be treated as such. I take no responsibility for anyone who wants to gobble up the whole loaf in one go and then steps on the scales only to find they've stacked on a keg or two!


Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos said...

Beauty! Thanks very much...this one's for me! I'll try this as soon as I get some more rice syrup :)

Rachel @ TheKidsAreAllRight said...

I love banana bread. Funny that I used to think it was a health food, along with banana smoothies and blueberry muffins. I used to use a lot of malt rice syrup in cooking too, but then I realised it had as many kilojoules as sugar. Though I did like that it wasn't as sweet. What are the benefits of using it? Do I have to read a whole book about the evils of sugar to understand? :) Regardless, love the look of your banana loaf. x

The Babbling Bandit said...

Hey Rachel. I know that rice malt syrup has the same calories but it is fructose free which is supposed to be the evil sugar. Who knows though. I've been continuing to follow the sugar debate but I'm as confused as ever.

The Babbling Bandit said...

Cool. Let me know how you go!

Deb @ home life simplified said...

thanks for tweeting this - will make it next week - bought rice malt syrup but admit i have not used it yet LOL so this will be a good first test for lunchboxes!

Kim Kinna said...

I am going to try this one! Thanks for sharing it, I LURVE banana bread and well, you know me and the sugar thing. ;)

Anna Franklin said...

At my daughters' school they sent home 'healthy' recipes for a year 7 breakfast and we got banana bread with 1 cup of sugar! So I found your recipe by googling 'I quit sugar banana bread'. I'll be back on your blog and the girls will be taking your banana bread to school on Friday. Thanks!

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