Merry Christmas Eve everyone. If you are setting your holiday table and you are looking for a light snack or dessert that you can enjoy for several days may I suggest that you try my recipe (which I borrowed from the Joy of Baking ) for Low Fat Banana Bread.
This recipe is part of The American Cancer Society’s A Healthier Table series which allows bloggers and bakers from around the globe to share their favourite healthy recipes. I originally posted the recipe a few weeks ago with tips on why healthy living is so important and how healthy eating can help prevent several long term and fatal diseases. Be sure to check it out.
Today I am sharing the original recipe for Low Fat Banana Bread and I am also going to share some slight moderations that you can whip up to make this low fat recipe even healthier.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
|Ingredients You Will Need:
1 cup (240 ml) mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (120 ml) low-fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup (60 ml) canola, vegetable, or corn oil
3/4 cup (165 grams) light brown sugar
1 large egg or 2 large (60 grams) egg whites
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (65 grams) whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Baking Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. Spray an 8 x 4 inch (20 x 10 cm) loaf pan with a non-stick vegetable cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas with the baking soda and yogurt. Allow to sit while you prepare the rest of the batter.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, egg or egg whites, and vanilla.
In another large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, ground cinnamon and salt.
Then combine the banana mixture with the oil mixture and then add to the flour mixture. Stir just until all the ingredients are moistened. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 45 – 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
Make It Even Healthier:
Substitute the all purpose flour for whole wheat flour
Add some more cinnamon (it’s very good for the digestive system)
Add another banana (for even more flavor and potassium)
Substitute the low fat plain yogurt for low fat strawberry yogurt (Yum!)
Add some crushed nuts or oatmeal (many nuts are high in vitamins, protein and fiber)
Merry Christmas and Happy Baking! Don’t forget to share your pics.