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Enlightened Banana Nut Bread with Chocolate Chips and Flax

March 7, 2010

Healthy Banana Nut Bread with Chocolate Chips and Flax

Healthy Banana Nut Bread

I came across a great blog today, Enlightened Cooking, while I was surfing for a healthy banana bread recipe to make with my son. It’s full of healthy recipes that all sound delicious from Camilla Saulsbury, a freelance food writer, recipe developer and cooking instructor extraordinaire.  All of her recipes include the nutritional information as well, which I love! This is a site I’ll definitely turn to again.

The banana bread turned out delicious! I followed Camilla’s instructions with a few modifications. I replaced half of the brown sugar with a brown sugar substitute and added a couple of tablespoons of wheat germ, a pinch of ground cloves, 1 cup of chocolate chips and about a half-a-cup of walnuts. This recipe is a keeper!

 

Here’s my version:

2 cups white whole wheat flour (e.g., King Arthur brand)
3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (flax meal)
2 tablespoons wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch of ground cloves
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar substitute, e.g Splenda
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 and 2/3 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5-inch Pyrex baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl whisk the flour, flax, wheat germ, baking soda, salt, ground cloves and cinnamon.

In a large bowl beat the butter and sugars with an electric mixer set at medium speed until well blended. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the banana, yogurt, and vanilla until just blended. Stir in the flour mixture, chocolate chips and walnuts by hand until just blended. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

Bake 55-60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Invert onto wire rack, turn upright, and cool completely. Enjoy!

Please let me know how your’s turns out.

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