Sunday, January 5, 2014

Low Fat Banana Bread

Happy New Year to All!!

We are extremely excited about what is to come at 360FN in the year 2014!! This year will mark our second blog-aversary and many new features.  While the past few months have been a bit hectic we hope to resume our 2-3 posts per week this year.

Fruit breads and muffins are often viewed as healthy breakfast and snack choices, when in fact most are loaded with calories and fat.  I will never forget an experience I had a few years back at a chain donut shop (won't mention any names).  While in line to order some coffee the baked goods behind the countered tempted me.  The choices were primarily donuts, muffins, and bagels.   Fortunately all of the calorie amounts were posted beneath the food products.  I was astonished when I looked beneath the banana muffin to see 500 calories and only 300 calories for the donuts.  I will admit I chose the donut (yes dietitians eat donuts on rare occasions).

With that being said today's post features a healthier banana bread.  I was able to reduce the fat (butter) and sweetener (sugar) and substitute a portion of the fat with applesauce without compromising the flavor.  I had a slice of this bread (coupled with a hard boiled egg) for a week straight because it was that delicious.  A definite must try!

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith
Low Fat Banana Bread

by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 20-30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hours
Keywords: breakfast
Ingredients (14 slices)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar (or sugar substitute, will need to adjust amount)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • non-stick cooking spray
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit; spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray
2. Combine butter, banana, applesauce, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl; beat on medium speed until creamy
3. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, and baking soda; gradually add to butter mixture and beat on low speed
4. Pour batter in loaf plan
5. Bake cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hours (stick toothpick in center to determine if complete)
Serving size: 1 slice • Servings: 14 sandwiches • Calories: 169.1 kcal • Protein: 3.1 g • Carbs: 31.3 g • Fat: 3.9 g • Fiber: 1.2 g • Sugar: 15.0 g • Sodium: 164.6 mg
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