This honey bran banana bread is a delicious and healthy way to use up overripe bananas. It's moist and flavorful, with a hint of sweetness from the honey and bran. Plus, it's packed with fiber and nutrients, making it a great choice for breakfast or a snack.
Making The Most Delicious Honey Bran Banana Bread
I can FEEL spring in the air. It's trying to make it's way out of the cold ground. The tips of the tulips are just peeking out, the leaf buds are beginning to appear on the trees and the snow is changing from the powder we are famous for to a dense, thick and heavy snow. Spring is coming, but it's just not here yet.
And while I wait, I will enjoy a piece of honey bran banana bread. It's a wonderful light bread that doesn't overwhelm with the bran flavor and is complimented nicely with the honey and banana.
I can't take credit for this recipe because it comes from My Judy the Foodie. I am excited to share her recipe as part of the Secret Recipe Club.
For this recipe you will need:
- 1 ½ cup unbleached all purpose flour or white whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup bran
- ¼ cup walnuts (optional but recommended)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup honey
- ¼ cup oil
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 cups mashed bananas
Instructions for Making Your Bran Banana Bread
To make your bread you will want to:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, bran and walnuts (if using). Stir until combined, then set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, honey, oil, milk and mashed bananas until smooth. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients to the wet and continue to beat just until combined.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick in the center of the loaf. If it come out clean, the loaf is finished. If not, cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until done.
- Remove from oven and allow bread to cool in the bread pan for approximately ten minutes before removing from the bread pan and allow to finish cooling on a wire cooling rack.
Is Bran Gluten Free?
Bran, in its pure form, is typically gluten-free since it is derived from grains that do not contain gluten, such as rice, corn, and oats. However, if the bran comes from wheat, barley, or rye, which are gluten-containing grains, then it is not gluten-free and can cause an adverse reaction in people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
It's important to note that bran can sometimes be processed in facilities that also process gluten-containing grains, which can lead to cross-contamination. As a result, people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should always check the label or contact the manufacturer to ensure that the bran they're consuming is gluten-free.
If you're looking for a gluten-free source of bran, consider using bran made from non-gluten grains or alternative sources such as psyllium husk, flaxseed, or chia seeds, which are also high in fiber and provide similar health benefits.
Can I Make Bran Banana Bread Gluten Free?
Yes, just use a gluten free bran or a bran substitute like psyllium husk, flaxseed or chia seeds. You will also want to substitute the all purpose flour for gluten free flour.
I LOVE Banana Bread! (Me too!) Here are some more Great Recipes!
If you are a lover of banana bread recipes, we have plenty on our site! Why not try our four ingredient banana bread recipe or some delicious chocolate chip banana bread? All of these recipes can be made gluten free and dairy free too!