Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Healthy Banana Bread

I found this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine.  It is really moist and sweet, but there actually isn't much sugar in it! It also has healthy bran, flax, and walnuts in it.  We like it for breakfast with some peanut butter on top or just plain for a snack.  You can freeze your over ripe bananas so you have them ready when you want to make some bread.  

Banana Bread
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxmeal
  • 1 tsp each baking soda 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan lightly with cooking spray.

  • In a large bowl combine the first 8 dry ingredients. In a medium bowl mix 5 wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Mix in nuts and chocolate chips, being careful not to overmix the batter.

  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until knife inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and cool completely on rack. Store at room temperature in an airtight bag.

  • Makes 1 large loaf, 16 slices. Each slice had about 175 calories.

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