Eating for Beauty – BEST Banana Bread Ever

Monday, June 24, 2013
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I know what you are thinking. Healthy banana bread that tastes good? Well, skeptics, yes. This healthy whole wheat banana bread is moist and delicious! Here is my proof:

  1. My son loves it and he is the pickiest eater of all time. For real.
  2. My mother-in-law ate it not knowing that I made it and thought it was store bought. Despite her love of sugary processed foods, she loved this banana bread and asked for the recipe.

Get the recipe and nutrional information after the jump.

Best Banana Bread Ever (adapted from this recipe)

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg and 1 egg white
  • 2-3 overripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • generous 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (if you skip the chocolate, add a 1/4 more brown sugar)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl. Add applesauce, sugar, eggs, and water and stir until mixed.

3. Stir in whole wheat flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix in chocolate chips last.

4. Transfer the mixture into your loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Nutrional Benefits:

Bananas are a terrific source of potassium, a mineral that is essential to proper nerve and muscle function, as well as maintaining a normal blood pressure. Bananas also have and antacid effect and protect your stomach from ulcers. My very-wise grandfather ate one every day!

100% whole wheat flour maintains the bran and the germ of the wheat that is typically processed out of white flour. It is high in fiber, manganese, and magnesium. A diet that contains whole grains reduces your risk of metabolic syndrome and type-II diabetes.

Using applesauce in place of oil is a great way to reduce fat and calories while adding fiber and vitamin C, since ascorbic acid is usually used as a preservative.

Eggs are a high protein, low calorie food.

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, a powerful anti-oxidant. In fact, cacoa has more of these cancer-fighting components than red wine or green tea. It’s also rich in magnesium which alleviates pre-menstral syndrome symptoms, cuts diabetes risk, and control blood pressure.

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