Whole Wheat Banana Bread

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I am absolutely in love with bananas, so it only makes sense that I’m equally obsessed with banana bread. This has always been one of my favorite baked goods, but once I got interested in nutrition, I couldn’t always justify eating something for breakfast that was secretly packed with sugar and butter. That’s why I decided to adapt this recipe into something I could be confident in fueling my body for a day of school or work. The best part? You can’t even tell it’s healthy. 😉 my family actually admitted its even better and more moist with the substitutions!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

The modifications that Shanna used here make this bread a great choice for individuals with diabetes or heart disease. The whole wheat flour, banana, & applesauce increase the fiber content. At 4 grams of fiber & 4 grams of protein per serving, this could be a nutritious & filling snack or breakfast option! Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, and walnuts, if added, are a great source of omega-3 (healthy) fats.

The current research indicates that there is not substantial evidence to prove a link between dietary cholesterol intake & serum cholesterol levels (per the Dietary Guidelines for American 2015), so it is appropriate to use a regular egg in this recipe, if desired.

By Alex Lane MS, RDN/LD
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Whole Wheat Banana Bread

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Servings: 12

Ingredients

1/2 cup Splenda sugar blend
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup egg substitute
3 ripe mashed bananas
1/3 cup water
1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
optional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (chopped) optional, 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Mix Splenda sugar and applesauce in medium-sized bowl. Stir in egg beaters until blended.
3. In a small bowl, mash up ripe bananas. Add water and stir until combined. Add to sugar-applesauce-egg mixture.
4. Stir in remaining ingredients until moistened. Add nuts and dark chocolate chips if desired.
5. Spray loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean (about 55-60 minutes).

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. Mix Splenda sugar and applesauce in medium-sized bowl. Stir in egg beaters until blended. 3. In a small bowl, mash up ripe bananas. Add water and stir until combined. Add to sugar-applesauce-egg mixture. 4. Stir in remaining ingredients until moistened. Add nuts and dark chocolate chips if desired. 5. Spray loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean (about 55-60 minutes).

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 128; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 276mg; Potassium: 258mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 4g

Nutrition Bonus:   Iron: 7%

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