Banana Bread

Hey everyone it is the Fitness Food Diva and I wanted to give you a great recipe for one of my favorite things, Banana Bread. By using sugar Splenda blend or other sugar substitutes (agave nectar or maple syrup), unsweetened applesauce, and avocado, it lowers the sugar and the calories, but is still delicious. I love to bake and making Banana Bread not only it simple and quick it makes your house smell edible. This recipe is perfect for all you Banana Bread lovers, plus you can throw walnuts, chocolate chips, pecans or just about anything else in with it to make it your own. I love to take a banana and slice it up and put it on top of the batter just before it goes into the oven to make it extra gooey.

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Ingredients:

  • 7 ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2-1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp of mashed avocado
  • 1/2 cup Splenda (or other sugar substitute)
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 oz (3/4 cup) chopped walnuts
  • baking spray

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Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 8×5 inch loaf pans with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream butter, avocado, and sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg whites, bananas, applesauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.

Add flour mixture and walnuts (or whatever you would like to add), then blend at low speed until combined. Do not over mix.

Pour batter into loaf pans and bake on the center rack for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the pan cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

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It’s delicious! Makes for a great snack or breakfast. You can even wrap up your second loaf and freeze it or give it to a neighbor! Let us know if you try it!

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Shannon {Fitness Food Diva}

 

Recipe adapted from: Skinnytaste

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