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Healthy Banana Bread – Kinda

May 24, 2010

Laura’s Blog Entry

Mari and I had a hankering for banana bread lately, but I couldn’t face ingesting the 1/2 cup of butter that is the norm in recipes. So I did a little research and cobbled together a version with half the fat.

I am really happy with the results. Three days later it is still moist and yummy. Banana bread is usually pretty dense and heavy – which I now contribute to all the butter. This still has a nice texture. I think this is due to the fact that I substituted whole wheat flour for 1/3 of the cup the all purpose flour. Adds a bit of nutrition and density without making it into a brick. I’m no scientist, but I think the addition of the lemon juice – something I took from my usual recipe – boosts the flavor, but I also think it reacts with the baking soda and makes it rise a bit more. Give it a try and see what you think!

Healthy Banana Bread

Ingredients
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1/4 cup water
1teaspoon lemon juice

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray one 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with a non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the white sugar and butter until smooth and creamy. Scrape the sided of the bowl to make sure it is fully combined.  Beat in the eggs, water and bananas with the sugar mixture until it is well blended. Mix in the lemon juice.

Add the dry ingredients and blend just until the mixture is moistened.

Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 – 60 minutes. Bread is done when the top is firm to the touch and a golden brown color. Test with a toothpick to make sure the center is done. Time will vary according to loaf size and oven type.

When bread is removed from oven, allow it to cool on it’s side for 10 minutes. (This made it really easy to remove from the pan.) Then remove from pan and let cool on a rack.

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