Taking a small departure from a meal this week, I decided that I would throw in a healthy snack or could be used as a breakfast on the run with a nice glass of soy milk. Determined to mimic a classic banana bread that her mom used to make. Lauren, ditched the calorie-laden Crisco for raw honey, applesauce and healthy oils. I found that I had to bake this longer than the recipe calls for, but it was well worth the wait! I always use a toothpick to see if a baked good is done. Hope you enjoy my recipe this week & aren't too upset that it is not an actual meal.
- 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- Pinch of sea salt
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup safflower oil
- 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate
- Olive oil cooking spray, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, flaxseed and salt.
- In a large bowl, with a hand mixer, beat bananas until smooth. Add egg whites and beat until combined. Gradually mix in applesauce, honey and safflower oil.
- Mix dry ingredients into banana mixture; stir in chocolate.
- Mist a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until browned on top.
Nutrients per slice: Calories: 182, Total Fat: 6 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Carbs: 32 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugars: 16 g, Protein: 3 g, Sodium: 74 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg
Posted on September 12, 2011 In Clean Eating By Lauren Coles | Photo: Jodi Pudge