Low Fat Banana Bread
I love baking and cooking and I am always trying to find ways of creating healthier versions of my favorite recipes. A few months ago, tried baking Banana Bread which my family loves and I failed miserably. On my first attempts, my bread came out very gooey and gummy on the inside while it had a very hard crust. In some instances, it even started to burn. My first thought when this happened was that my oven must be too hot.
So, i built up the courage and tried again. This time I used less moisture and still my bread would burn on the outside but remain uncooked on the inside. Eventually, I realized that for some strange reason my bread was not cooking evenly because my pans were dark non-stick pans and not lighter colored pans.
I decided to try to fix this problem and to make one last attempt before calling it quits on the Banana Bread recipe challenge. This time around, I had purchased a couple disposable foil pans from the supermarket. This time, my bread came out like a dream.
So now, that I have the technique figured, I decided to try a low fat recipe which I found and that came out great as well. Since then, I have modified the recipe by substituting the regular flour and using less sugar.
I hope that you enjoy this bread as much as my family and I do:
Bajangyrl2001's Low Fat Banana Bread
1 1/2 Cup multi-grain flour (you can also use 1 cup of multi-grain flour and 1/2 cup of regular flour)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
dash ground nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar (I personally prefer to use brown sugar)
1 egg (you can also use 2 egg whites)
1/4 cup apple sauce (I usually make mine from scratch by grating a small apple on the smallest side of a vegetable grater) this is used instead of adding grease
1 cup rip bananas mashed
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped walnuts.
Preheat oven to 325 F (175 C). Grease and flour baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl, mash bananas, then add, beaten egg, sugar, vanilla extract and apple sauce. Once combined, add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until all of the dry ingredients are well incorporated. Add walnuts and be careful not to over-mix.
Pour mixture into the pan, it will be very thick.
Bake for approximately 45 mins or until outside is golden brown and a tooth pick when inserted comes out clean.
Set aside and let bread cool before slicing.
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