Saturday, February 18, 2012

Banana Bread with Healthy-ish Ingredients

We had brown bananas sitting on the counter, and you know what that means - banana bread! 

My design assistant bowed out for this one - she was exhausted from a tough day at school (the letter of the week is Q - always a hard one).  
So, Spatula Man stepped up to the plate.  He was very excited to help me do some baking - until he realized his sister has left her entire bucket of beads on the counter for his singular enjoyment.  He proceeded to carefully measure beads into his pot while I mixed up the ingredients for some (somewhat) wholesome banana bread.  
How did I pick my recipe?  I googled "banana bread" and this one popped up - it looked intriguing...

Wholesome Banana Bread - Original Recipe

Ingredients
·  2 cups whole wheat flour
·  1 teaspoon baking soda
·  1/4 teaspoon salt
·  1/2 cup sugar free applesauce
·  3/4 cup honey
·  2 eggs, beaten
·  3 mashed overripe bananas
Directions
1.           Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
2.          In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
3.          Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
But, then I did a little kitchen inventory and had to make the following changes...I used a 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup applesauce, and I only had 1/4 cup of honey left, so I used a 1/2 cup of brown sugar.  Also, I've never really loved whole wheat flour, and I didn't have any, so regular unbleached flour went on in.  This is actually a good day for me - usually I'm missing a minimum of 3 ingredients completely!!!
 
 I also prefer smaller loaves, so I split the batter evenly between loaf pans - it just gives a shorter loaf - but easier to eat, and it's nice to have one to share!  I baked them for only 45 minutes, too - since they were smaller.
My husband's coworkers gave it a seal of approval - as did Spatula Man :)  "Mer, Mommy" is all he said between bites (Mer = more in Spatula Land).  
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3 comments:

  1. Spatula man..too funny. My mother recently made some banana bread. it's all finished now. She used a different recipe to that one however. =D

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  2. That is one cute spatula man! :) The bread looks tasty, and hey, isn't all banana bread healthy? I mean, it's fruit, right? Right?! Thanks for sharing at our shine on fridays party! I do hope you'll be back this weekend with more great link ups!

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