A flavorful morning treat, this Healthy Rum Raisin Bread is bursting with juicy raisins and a hint of rum. Plus, it has a healthy secret!
Introducing Our Healthy Rum Raisin Bread Recipe
This bread is a perfect example of how you can make baked goods healthier by substituting fruit purees for some or all of the butter.
In this quickbread, 2 cups of mashed banana take the place of all but 2 Tbsp of butter and the eggs. The result is a hearty bread, not lacking in flavor or consistency. In fact, the flavor of the molasses and rum-soaked raisins disguise the banana so much that if I hadn’t told you, you may never know there was banana standing in for higher calorie ingredients.
Another benefit of using mashed bananas, aside from reducing fat, is that you gain the benefits of the nutrient powerhouse that comes with eating bananas: vitamin B (a key enzyme that helps your metabolism) and C, fiber, and potassium.
So, go ahead, indulge in a little rum for breakfast. You won’t even be breaking your New Year’s resolution to eat healthy with this one!
Healthy Rum Raisin Bread
- 1 c raisins
- 1/4 c rum
- 2 c very ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/3 c brown sugar
- 1/4 c molasses
- 1/2 c white whole wheat flour (or whole wheat)
- 1 c unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp cardamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mix raisins and rum in a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. When rum begins to boil, turn off heat, and let mixture set, covered, to plump raisins.
- In a large bowl, mix bananas, butter, brown sugar, and molasses.
- In a medium bowl, mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
- Add dry mixture to wet mixture, stirring just until moistened.
- Pour into a greased 9x5 loaf pan. Sprinkle top with white sugar.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until a tooth pick inserted in the bread comes out clean.