After my glasses haul (both regular and sunglasses) from Iris Visual Group last season, it really got me thinking about my eyes. I know I have astigmatism and that my right eye is a little worse than my left so I started to look up how I could promote good eye health. Have you ever gone down a Google rabbit hole? Haha, after a couple hours, I ended up with a list of healthy foods you can incorporate into your diet for optimal eye health! The most popular foods suggested were carrots, nuts, seeds, fish, sweet potatoes, eggs and water. I decided to use these foods as inspiration and try to create something delicious and good for you!
Sweet treats, cakes and loaves are a guilty pleasure of mine. I’d previously made a carrot banana bread that I LOVED but let’s be real, it’s not the healthiest especially with a brown butter cream cheese glaze.. drooling. I decided to create a healthified version of my sweet carrot loaf. I have a confession though.. I left out the fish. You can thank me later. 😉
I reduced the sugar and packed it with as many eye-healthy ingredients as I could! And the result? A super moist, tasty treat that you’re going to love and that’s full of ingredients that’s good for you!
Aside from your pantry staples like flour, eggs, sugar here is your Grocery List and the benefits I found for each ingredient.
- Carrots – Rich in Vitamin A which plays an essential role in vision. and protecting the cornea.
- Bananas – Have carotenoid which is converted into Vitamin A
- Almond butter – Rich in Vitamin E which can reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- Almond flour
- Hemp seeds – High in Omega-3 which help reduce inflammatory diseases
- Coconut Oil
I hope you try and enjoy this recipe! Eye health is so important and often often forgotten. When I can, I will try to protect the health of my eyes whether it’s trying to reduce the amount of screen time I’m consuming or making it a habit to wear blue lens glasses when I’m working at the computer all day and the little things like adding a few nuts and seeds into your standard loaf!
How to Make Healthy Carrot Banana Bread
This Carrot Banana Bread is packed full of ingredients that are not only delicious but good for you!
- 3/4 cup mashed bananas about 2-3 bananas
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Whisk in the sugar, maple syrup, eggs, milk, almond butter, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Whisk until it’s well blended.
Stir in the carrots, hemp seeds and shredded coconut.
In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk until just combined.
Transfer the batter into the loaf pan and smooth out the top. Top with slivered almonds and coconut shavings.
Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes until golden brown and when inserting a toothpick, it comes out clean.
Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then invert and let cool completely.
This was written in partnership with IRIS Visual Group.