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Whole-Grain Banana Bread: It tastes like cake, to me!

Updated on February 3, 2015

I love old recipe banana bread; this is better!

My wife and I tried a couple of new recipes this Christmas season... this is one. It is a bit more complicated than our normal banana bread - but I suppose that is what makes it special, for us. I hope you like it.

I took the photo while it was cooling. Pretty neat, huh? ;-)

Do you like Banana Bread? - I sure do! How about you?

Do you like Banana Bread?

Bread cooling
Bread cooling

My wife and I tried out a couple of new recipes this year, this is the second one. She enjoyed finding it and adapting it to our needs. I enjoyed helping our and eating it!

As usual, for richest flavor, use fully ripe bananas that are flecked with brown and somewhat soft. I cut them up in little squares, and then squished them with a fork. One of my contributions... was it my only contribution? Besides eating my share, of course! ;-)

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 2 hours 20 min
Ready in: 2 hours 35 min
Yields: 2 loaves with 8-inch pan; we did one loaf with 9-inch pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • softened
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
  • 2/3 cup Yoplait (or other) Fat Free plain yogurt (from 2-lb container)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Grain Total cereal
  • slightly crushed

Instructions

  1. 1. Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottoms only of two 8x4-inch loaf pans or one 9x5-inch loaf pan with shortening.
  2. 2. In large bowl, mix sugar and margarine. Stir in egg whites until well blended. Add bananas, yogurt and vanilla; beat until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients except cereal just until moistened. Stir in cereal. Pour into pans.
  3. 3. Bake 8-inch loaves about 1 hour, 9-inch loaf about 1 1/4 hours, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Loosen sides on loaves from pans; remove from pans. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
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    • LiteraryMind profile image

      Ellen Gregory 

      4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This has some unusual ingredients in it -- should make for an interesting loaf of banana bread.

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      Nate On A Plate 

      4 years ago from California, Way Up North and Too Far Inland for Me

      Sounds delicious, I'll have to try it!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Dusty2 LM: Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

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      Dusty2 LM 

      5 years ago

      Banana bread is a favorite that I enjoy. for Sunday brunch Always have some bananas or a loaf in the freezer because never know when the banana bread munchies will hit. After reading your recipe and seeing the photos your banana bread is tempting. Thank You for stopping by my Quick-n-Easy Tapioca Pudding Recipe lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the tapioca pudding recipe. Bon Appetit!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Gayle Dowell: Enjoy! Yum, yum! ;-)

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      Gayle Dowell 

      5 years ago from Kansas

      Banana bread is wonderful! I have some bananas in my freezer now waiting to be used in a recipe. This would be great.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @TanoCalvenoa: A tweak here and there can be very interesting, for sure! ;-)

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      TanoCalvenoa 

      5 years ago

      Interesting recipe with some differences compared to what I use.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @tok2gman: Thanks for stopping by! Hope you like it! ;-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @tok2gman: Thanks for stopping by! Hope you like it! ;-)

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      tok2gman 

      5 years ago

      Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @maryseena: I'll bet you'll like it, as well!. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! ;-)

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      kellywilson1 

      5 years ago

      That banana bread looks really delicious. I will have to try your recipe some time.

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      maryseena 

      5 years ago

      It does look like a cake too! I'm going to try it right away. Using whole eggs shouldn't be a problem, I hope.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @kellywilson1: Thanks... ours was really good, for sure! ;-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @TolovajWordsmith: I hope it works out well for you! ;-)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I have had my share of banana bread in the past but this recipe is new to me. I'll have to try it some day and compare the results...

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Ardyn25: Great! Enjoy! ;-)

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      Ardyn25 

      5 years ago

      I do enjoy a good banana bread, thanks for the recipe!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @andrewdar: Thanks - I knew you would like it! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @miaponzo: Good for you! ;-)

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      andrewdar 

      5 years ago

      Thank you Professor for the Banana bread ! Really like the taste of this lens:)

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      miaponzo 

      5 years ago

      Banana bread is one of my FAVES!!!!!

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      Aibrean82 

      5 years ago

      This looks really good! I might just try it.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @LindaSueAllison: Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

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      LindaSueAllison 

      5 years ago

      I'm going to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      this is a great lens. staring at it makes me hungry :Q

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @john9229: Neat. Time to fix another loaf! Yum! ;-)

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      john9229 

      5 years ago

      Oh, my favorite banana bread! The food that i can't miss!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @norma-holt: Thank you, so much! ;-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @John Dyhouse: Which technique is best? Try them both! ;-)

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      John Dyhouse 

      5 years ago from UK

      I noticed you "squish" the bananas with a fork; I use a potato masher to produce a liquidised miixture of the fruit before adding to the mixing bowl. But thaanks for the recipe, I am sure my wife will love it

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      norma-holt 

      5 years ago

      Very nice recipe lens. Never tried banana bread myself but I do love banana cake so I might just try making this. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013. Hugs

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @ridgewood1: Ingredients says 2/3 cup, yes - ok, I see - I correct that. THANKS! ;-)

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      ridgewood1 

      5 years ago

      Is that 2/3 cup of yogurt? I am guessing so, but you don't say.

      I love baking (and eating!) my own banana nut bread. I may give your recipe a whirl. Thanks for the info.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Thanks for tip, Tipi. They do sneak in, for sure. Happy to hear from you again... Have a great new year! ;-)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I'm impressed with the low, low fat in this recipe and guessing the yogurt helps keep it moist....yup, neat! One thing you may want to try in banana bread is a little coconut rum....yum! My sister replaced the mild with coconut rum in her recipe for a nice flavor difference. Deliciously done!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @flinnie lm: I may go get some right now... ;-)

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      Gloria Freeman 

      5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Yummy recipe, love banana bread.

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      Banana bread was always a student favourite when I was young. Great recipe.

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