Banana Bread – Healthier Version
By substituting the right ingredients, any recipe can be pushed higher on the healthy spectrum. That’s why we chose to share this recipe from Allreipes.com on how to make a healthy banana bread. We added a few alternative substitutions you can try as well. Let us know how yours turns out!
2 cups all-purpose flour (substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter (substitute 1/8 cup applesauce)
1/8 cup non-fat plain yogurt
3/4 cup brown sugar (reduce by half and add vanilla, nutmeg, or cinnamon to intensify sweetness)
2 eggs, beaten (substitute 4 eggs whites)
2 1/3 cup mashed overripe bananas
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
- Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Beat butter, yogurt, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into butter mixture before adding the next. Stir in mashed bananas until well blended. Pour banana mixture to flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Transfer batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean, 60 to 65 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.