Banana bread with ginger for stress relief

Banana bread with ginger for stress relief

Escaping everyday stress while baking sounds unusual, but it has a double effect. Because unlike the common perception, baking is not necessarily associated with stress. The stress usually arises from a lack of time or the pressure you put on yourself because, after all, the guests have already been invited. However, if you ignore these things, baking can help relieve stress in two ways.
First, when baking, you have no other option but to rely on a specific recipe. Working through the recipe step by step requires such focus on the activity that one is virtually shielded from other thoughts.

On the other hand, the right ingredients provide another source of stress relief. The protein tryptophan from the bananas we use for the bread is converted by the body into the happiness hormone serotonin. Bananas are therefore the ideal food against stress. Also the ginger, as an antioxidant food, fights the oxidative stress that accumulates in the course of everyday life due to the usual stress factors and, in addition, supports the functioning of the nervous system and energy metabolism.

For the banana bread we need:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 110 gr butter
  • 90 gr agave syrup
  • 100 gr brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 190 gr flour
  • 125 gr yogurt
  • 10 gr ginger, grated
  • a pinch of baking powder


  • preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  • in a large bowl, mix the previously melted butter with the sugar and agave syrup,
  • add the eggs one by one and then the other ingredients except the bananas and the yogurt,
  • finally fold in the bananas and yogurt and pour the dough mixture into a pre-greased square baking pan.
  • after 60 minutes of baking, turn the banana bread directly onto a rack to cool,
  • after complete cooling, the banana bread can be well cut into pieces.

Good luck!