No Sugar Added Banana Bread

First post of the new year…finally…

Welcome to 2016!

Did you make a wish…how about a new years resolution?

I didn’t. I have some years, but not lately.

Instead I now choose a word for the year to help steer my choices in the right direction.

Last year I chose “FOCUS”. It was a good word and it served me well. I even turned it into a screensaver on my phone and it served as a perfect reminder of what I needed to accomplish.

This year my word is “JOY”.

I really want to become more aware of it, seek it, attract it, enjoy it…and spread it around too!

And one way to bring joy to my family is to bake them yummy treats, like this delicious banana bread.

In the spirit of starting the year off right, and cooking up healthier versions of my favourite recipes, I decided to play with my go-to recipe and replace all the sugar (it was 1 cup) with just 1/2 cup of maple syrup.

I am so happy with the results!

The loaf turned out perfect…definitely sweet enough.

Happy New Year everyone!

😊Wishing you a year filled with joy😊

Here is the recipe…enjoy


*recipe created by Mary Grace

*makes one loaf


3 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Optional 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

Banana bread-Spreading Good Tastes


Preheat oven to 350F.

Grease a loaf pan, line with parchment if you wish, set aside.

In a large bowl mash bananas well.

Stir in maple syrup, then butter, until well combined.

Add eggs and vanilla and stir until blended.

In a separate medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, then add to banana mixture and stir with a fork until well combined.

Stir in nuts if using.

Pour into prepared loaf pan.

Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.

Cool in pan set on a wire rack 10 minutes.

Remove from pan and cool another 20 minutes befire slicing.

Banana bread

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