Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Homemade Banana Bread... Two Ways

Saturday mornings normally inspire the baker within me. I love cooking a large breakfast for my family when I have the time to enjoy it. It's not uncommon for me to get so wrapped up in baking that I easily spend hours in the kitchen on Saturday mornings. 

I enjoy making bread, but I usually stick to recipes that I know are tried and true. Then I spin variations on them. Banana bread is normally my go-to bread. It's simple, has plenty of flavor, and is  a favorite for many. 

For some reason people are afraid to get in the kitchen and bake. The idea of bread, measuring out ingredients, and getting everything right is intimidating. I'll show you step by step....First I will show you my regular recipe and then we'll talk about healthier options. 

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I start out with three to four ripe bananas in my stand mixer. 


Add 1/3 cup of melted butter and mix with your bananas. It's gonna look just like this....


Then add one egg, 3/4 cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix it together.


Add in 1 teaspoon of baking soda, a pinch of salt, and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Slowly add 1.5 cups of flour a little at a time. Your batter will look just like this....


I added a half a cup of chocolate chips and gently folded them in with a spatula. This is a great time to add your own flavor to your bread. Instead of chocolate chips, you could add raisins. Dried cranberries are really good too. Chopped pecans or walnuts can also be used.


Pour your batter into a loaf pan. Stick in a preheated oven at 350 degrees and bake for one hour or until a knife in the center comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

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So... How can we make this healthier? 

You can use this recipe:

Mix two large eggs, 1/2 cup of honey, 3/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla together. In a separate bowl combine 1.5 cups of wheat flour, a pinch of salt, 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of baking powder and one teaspoon of cinnamon together. Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients. Add in the bananas and any add-ins and mix until smooth batter forms. Pour batter into two loaf pans. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for an hour as listed above.

Okay! Here's the nutrition info if you're counting calories or macros. 

For the Homemade Banana Bread without any add-ins....


Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 358
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9 g13 %
Saturated Fat 5 g26 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 43 mg14 %
Sodium 240 mg10 %
Potassium 236 mg7 %
Total Carbohydrate 68 g23 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g9 %
Sugars 44 g
Protein 4 g8 %
Vitamin A6 %
Vitamin C8 %
Calcium1 %
Iron8 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

And the healthier version without any add-ins......

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 216
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2 g3 %
Saturated Fat 1 g3 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 53 mg18 %
Sodium 606 mg25 %
Potassium 320 mg9 %
Total Carbohydrate 48 g16 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g18 %
Sugars 26 g
Protein 5 g11 %
Vitamin A2 %
Vitamin C8 %
Calcium2 %
Iron8 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

If you happen to like these recipes today, would you mind sharing them on Pinterest or Facebook for me? I really appreciate you taking a moment to do that! 

2 comments:

  1. I always use fresh/frozen cranberries in my banana muffins and bread. My son LOVES them and they have that nice tart flavor...never tired dried ones

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  2. This looks delicious! I like the idea of using chocolate chips in it for something extra. Thanks for sharing at the Motivational Monday Link Party!

    Bethany from The Southern Couture

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