Banana Bread

Healthy Banana Bread

How often do you go to the grocery store, buy a bunch of bananas with the intention of eating the whole bunch, but end up at the end of the week with a few that are a tad bit ripe?

Bob, my husband, and I did this exact thing last week. I can remember it as clear as a bell.  He picked up a small bunch of 3 and I say, “No, the kids will eat them too.”  And did they? Nope.

So, I’m left with 2 ripe bananas and that means…Momma’s making some banana bread!

I thought I would share this recipe with you so that you can print it out and use next time this happens to you.  Please keep in mind that while there is sugar and butter in here that this is an occasional treat in our home.  We tend to use up bananas in our Shakeology, on peanut butter toast, on pancakes, etc.  It is nice to have a little variety though.

Banana Bread

Serve 10, 1 slice each

1/2 cup sugar

5 tablespoons butter, softened

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¾ cup non-fat greek yogurt

2 ripe mashed bananas

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cooking spray

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Add flour mixture and yogurt alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in bananas and vanilla. Pour batter into an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
  4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Nutritional info per serving: 196 cals, 30 carbs, 7 protein, 7 fat, 430 sodium and 15 sugar.

What are some of the ways that you use up left over bananas or other produce?  Our community is always looking for great ideas to eat healthy and save money in the process.  Reply back and let me know and I’ll be sure to share.

Hope that you ENJOY this delicious recipe!

With Love,

Laura

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