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Banana bread: It’s delicious, but is it healthy?

As your mouth sinks into that soft, warm slice of banana bread, you’re not thinking about much else. But as you lick your fingers and search for every crumb of that flavour, you start to wonder if this slice of heaven is healthy. 

A sweet treat that tastes this good? Surely, it couldn’t be. But, it is made from bananas and they’re a fruit…! Well, before you go ahead and put it into your ‘only sometimes’ list, you’ll want to read this.

Okay, so is banana bread healthy? Sorry, but it depends. If you’re lathering it with mmmmmmelted butter, maybe not. The banana bread itself, though, is nutrient-dense and nourishing. As long as you buy it from a bakery or make it yourself. Some outlets sell it as a cake, rather than a bread, so it’s not as easy as saying, yep, it’s healthy. 

The banana bread recipe originates from America, popularising cookbooks since the 1930s. Rumour has it, it dates back to the Great Depression, when housewives didn’t want to throw out overripe bananas. With National Banana Bread day on 23 February, there’s no better time to bend your diet rules a tad with this sweet-savoury delight. 

Original Banana Bread Baked at Glenroy Bakery

What’s in banana bread? 

The traditional Mom and Pop recipe (and ours) includes: 

  • Bananas
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Oil
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Eggs
  • Salt

Yes, some of these ingredients should be consumed in moderation (like butter), but if you’re eating a piece (or two), we’re not talking about huge amounts. On average, healthy banana bread has around 450-550 calories per serve.   

Let’s talk about the health benefits of the celebrity ingredient: bananas. They’re rich in a range of vitamins and minerals, including: 

  • Vitamin B6 
  • Manganese 
  • Vitamin C 
  • Potassium 
  • Dietary Fibre 
  • Protein 
  • Magnesium 
  • Folate 
  • Riboflavin 
  • Niacin 
  • Vitamin A 
  • Iron. 

Bananas have been found to help prevent conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, digestive problems, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. It gives you a boost of energy, an array of healthy fats, and can even reduce depression. Yes, that’s right, banana bread can be a mood-lifter, thanks to the presence of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin (the happy chemical). How could you NOT be happy eating it, is the real question. 

But, of course, it matters how you serve it! 

Now, we can’t go ahead and say it’s a nutrient-packed food, then douse it in maple syrup. That’s a little cheeky. Stick with healthy toppings, if you want to add something on top, to keep banana bread as a regular treat. Lightly brush it with butter and chop walnuts or pecans on top. Dried fruit also works well, as does extra banana slices. 

Brew the kettle and pair it with a cup of tea for the ultimate after-dinner combo. In case you’re wondering if banana bread is breakfast-appropriate, (hey, it’s a bread after all) that’s really a personal preference. Because it’s actually more of a cake than a bread, we’d put it in the realm of, say, French toast. It’s not something you’d eat every morning, but once every so often. But if we’re comparing it to a sugar-packed dessert like ice-cream, banana bread fairs well. 

Let’s call it, a periodic treat. The most important part is ensuring it isn’t packed with added sugars and fats. Keep it as close to original ingredients as possible. One of the main advantages of banana bread is its density. It’s a filling treat that satisfies for longer.  

And, where you buy it! 

If you head to a restaurant or a fast-food chain, you’re probably going to get the banana bread that’s filled with sugar and toppings. Instead, visit a wholesale banana bread supplier that bakes fresh, high-quality product. 

We’re a wholesale bakery in Melbourne, baking up delicious banana bread (made with fresh fruit), available in one and two kilogram sizes. Oh, and if you’re wanting a little extra something-something, try the chocolate or walnut banana bread loafs. 

Original, Walnut & Chocolate Flavored Banana Bread Baked at Glenroy Bakery

Glenroy Bakery satisfies happy customers from cafes, canteens, businesses and schools in Melbourne. With a short 24-hour process from ordering to eating, this might be the new favourite snack with your clients. 

If you’re a retail customer, grab our famous banana breads in Melbourne’s top cafes. Our customer service team is happy to help you find the closest cafe. Want to buy in bulk? We don’t judge. Please contact our wholesale bakery directly. 

The ingredients and nutritional information is available on our website for easy reference. Oh, and we’re not shy to admit that our banana bread is THAT good, it’s often eaten plain. It doesn’t need any bells and whistles (butter, syrup and cream) to jazz up the taste. 

But remember, life’s too short not to enjoy the fruit of your labour… that fruit being banana. 

Contact your Wholesale Banana Bread baker Melbourne on (03) 9312 8600, email info@glenroybakery.com.au or use this contact form

This is the best thing since (standard) sliced bread. 

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