PCOS friendly Banana Bread recipe!

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) requires careful attention to diet and nutrition to manage its symptoms effectively. For individuals with PCOS who crave a comforting treat without compromising their health goals, a PCOS-friendly banana bread recipe can be a delightful solution. This recipe offers the wholesome goodness of bananas while incorporating ingredients that support stable blood sugar levels and hormonal balance. Let’s explore how to create this delicious and nourishing banana bread.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour or almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional add-ins: chopped nuts, seeds, or dark chocolate chips for extra flavor and nutrition

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a loaf pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, applesauce, Greek yogurt, honey or maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour or almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix the batter, as this can result in a dense banana bread.
  5. If desired, fold in any optional add-ins such as chopped nuts, seeds, or dark chocolate chips for added texture and flavor.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top is golden brown.
  8. Remove the banana bread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once cooled, slice the banana bread into thick slices and serve. Enjoy it plain or with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey for extra indulgence.

This PCOS-friendly banana bread recipe offers a nutritious twist on a classic favorite, providing the sweetness of ripe bananas without the added sugars and refined carbohydrates typically found in traditional recipes. With its wholesome ingredients and balanced flavors, this banana bread is sure to satisfy your cravings while supporting your health and wellness goals.

Feel free to experiment with different variations of this recipe by incorporating your favorite nuts, seeds, or spices to customize it to your taste preferences. Whether enjoyed as a satisfying breakfast, wholesome snack, or guilt-free dessert, this PCOS-friendly banana bread is a delicious addition to any mealtime or occasion.