What is a perfect snack?
At our royal castle we believe a healthy snack is something that can be easily enjoyed at any hour of any day and contains fiber, protein and ideally some vitamins. If it’s low calorie and low fat, well, that’s even better.
It’s royally good for you
So what type of snacks fall into this category?
As Queen of Quark, I’ve put together a whole bunch of nutritious Royal Quark Recipes, with a special section devoted to everyday goodies. And today I’m choosing to make my Protein Banana Bread with Strawberries and Quark, which I plan to enjoy all week long.
Quark breads are a great option if you’re rushing to get out the door in the morning, or simply starving when you get home from a run in the park and need to fuel your body right away.
They’re also a terrific choice for an after-dinner snack or as a treat to go along with a soothing cup of tea or even a glass of wine.
Do you love bread?
Don't miss my other Quark bread recipes,
like Protein Pita Bread and German Nut Rolls!
It makes a great standby
Since there are so many moments to enjoy this healthy Protein Banana Bread, I usually make two loaves at a time and freeze one for a later date.
And here’s a hot tip: if you always have a loaf on hand, you’ll never be without a hostess gift or a snack to serve guests when they (spontaneously) show up at your home.
It's a loaf of goodness
Why is this bread such a healthy choice?
For starters, it’s made with Quark, a superfood that adds protein, calcium, and vitamins without adding harmful fats or artificial ingredients. The Quark adds moisture to the bread, too, so you don’t have to worry about it drying out.
Using whole wheat flour amps up the nutritional value as well.
In general, whole wheat flour has more fiber than refined white flour; fiber helps to reduce high blood pressure and works to prevent abdominal issues.
Bananas support a healthy gut while they also provide a significant amount of potassium and iron, plus other vitamins and minerals.
Strawberries don’t just look pretty, they have a surprising amount of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.
Nuts are optional, but I like having a little crunch in my otherwise soft, moist bread. I tend to favor almonds because just a few will provide you with additional antioxidants plus healthy fats that you may not be getting elsewhere in your meals.
It's sweetly satisfying
Thanks to the ripe bananas and the strawberries, this royal bread can’t help but taste sweet, but adding honey gives it an even richer, more sophisticated flavor.
That said, you certainly should feel free to adjust the amount of honey and sugar to your liking. (Remember, adding moderate amounts of sugar and honey is OK when eating an overall balanced diet.)
On average, I make double batches of this bread two times a month. Just recently, I had a royal brainstorm and decided to use muffin tins instead of a pan. Now I’m not sure which I prefer!
But it really doesn’t matter how you serve it up, as a loaf or as muffins. The truth is, the flavor and nutritional profile of my Protein Banana Bread with Strawberries and Quark can't be beat.
Protein Banana Bread with Strawberries and Quark
This is a wonderfully healthy bread to make for breakfast.
You can even make multiple loaves and freeze them for later.
You can also turn these info muffins, just cook them for a shorter period of time!
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3 bananas (very ripe)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries or cranberries
- 1/2 cup of almonds or walnuts
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp sugar or turbinado sugar
- 1/2 cup organic honey
- 3/4 cup Quark (homemade or store-bought)
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
2. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas using a fork and then add the sugar, eggs, and honey and mix well.
3. Next add the Quark and whisk until smooth – that means no lumps!
4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.
5. Pour the batter into a pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Use a toothpick to check if it is ready.
6. Let the bread cool before turning it out of the pan onto a cutting board. Slice, share, and enjoy!