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Banana Bread – Revamped and Recharged

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Something amazing yet extremely detrimental happened this past weekend: my roommate made banana bread. Now, I’ve had a fair share of this delicacy over the years – so I know banana bread. 0But this banana bread was on the next level. It was moist, dense, sweet, and oh-so-sinful. I’m drooling just thinking about it. However, due to its excessive amount of sugar and butter (Paula Dean would be so proud) banana bread isn’t the healthiest thing on the planet. Which led me to this mission: find a banana bread recipe that is easy to make, tastes delicious, and (sorta) guilt-free. It wasn’t easy. Because lets face it: most “healthy” dessert recipes either require 49 ingredients or taste like stale rabbit food. But, after much searching and taste tasting, I finally found a suitable recipe that will satisfy my craving. Now I can actually have the best of both worlds!

 

Ingredients:

Serving Size: 1 slice | Serves: 10

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup

1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

2 eggs

2 large overripe bananas, mashed

1/4 cup unsweetened almost milk or water

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

Optional: walnuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruit

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Grease a loaf pan or baking dish.
  2. Combine oil, honey, and applesauce in a large bowl and beat together with a whisk. Add the eggs and bear well. Then add the mashed bananas and almond milk.
  3. Whisk in baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Grab a spatula or large spoon and stir in the flour until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Gently fold in any optional ingredients.
  6. Pour your batter into the greased baking dish.
  7. Bake for 57 – 60 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  9. Slice it up and enjoy

Healthy Banana Bread Nutrient Profile:

Calories: 201

Fat: 9 grams

Carb: 27 grams

Sugar: 7 grams

Protein: 4 grams

Traditional Banana Bread Nutrient Profile:

Calories: 270

Fat: 11 grams

Carb: 42 grams

Sugar: 25 grams

Protein: 3 grams

 

Written by GUADS staff member Angelina with contributions from cookiesandkatie.com 

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