Healthy and Sane

Making banana bread

May 6th, 2009 · 13 Comments · baking

Over the last few days, you’ve seen a slice of banana bread popping up in every post. I love baked goods, but I don’t bake that much because that’s what happens – I end up eating the whole batch by myself (Adam doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth). Yes, I could bring some to work, but I get nervous sharing healthy treats with others. I mean the stuff is good, but I can’t compete with full fat HFCS laden walnut brownies our secretary keeps bringing in (she brought some in today again!!). Anyway, before I did too much damage and grew a banana bread baby in my stomach, I froze the rest. Banana bread freezes well, right? We’ll see :)

For this banana bread, I followed VeggieGirl’s recipe for carob banana bread but made a few modifications (ww pastry flour, no banana on top, 5T of choc chips instead of 1.5-2 cups! and added an ounce of pecan pieces – I love nuts in banana bread :) ). Although I’m sure that the recipe as is is a lot more decadent with all those carob chips, I think 5T was plenty to give it a nice chocolate boost without overpowering the banana flavor (and breaking the calorie bank). The result was a delicious banana bread loaf, but slightly (only slightly) dry. I would add a little bit of yogurt to the dough next time. I think yogurt just makes baked goods oh so moist (not vegan though, I know).

Progress pics…











The whole loaf with my modifications is 2690 calories.

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13 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Kelly

    I love that you provide calorie information for the whole loaf. That makes me smile.

  • #2 - Elina

    Hehe, Kelly, don’t eat it all at once 😉

  • #3 - Lauren

    I’m glad you posted this recipe, I’ve been eying your banana bread slices over the past few days 😉

    I run into the same predicament – John rarely eats sweets, so I end up with a whole loaf/batch to myself. Freezing works very well – I actually have two kinds of homemade cookies in the freezer right now.

  • #4 - K

    That banana bread looks AH-mazing! It serves one right?! 😉

  • #5 - Angie

    Looks delicious! I’ll have to try your recipe!

  • #6 - Coco Knudson

    That banana bread looks to dieeee for!!! I’ve been searching for that one banana bread that tops them all…may have to try your recipe!

  • #7 - Alison

    Love the pics! I especially love the craggy top of the banana bread. I bet it’s delciious.

  • #8 - Brooke (HomegirlCanEat)

    Oh goodness that banana bread looks like serious business! I have been looking for a good recipe lately and this one looks phenom!

  • #9 - Elina

    Coco, this bread is pretty good but I think it needs a few more modifications before becoming THE banana bread recipe. Let me know if you find the perfect healthy banana bread. I’ll keep testing them out until then 😉

  • #10 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Looks great, Elina! Isn’t it crazy when we calculate the total calories for something like this and see that, even when it’s healthy, it is SO not ok to eat the whole loaf?! Haha…that is always a good wake-up call for me 😉

  • #11 - Elina

    Yeah, the bread is whole wheat and is extremely low if fat, but it’s still calorie dense. Portion control is key with things like that – eating the whole loaf is definitely not ok 😀

  • #12 - macduff

    I truly believe that chocolate chips were made to be eaten in banana bread. SO SO GOOD.

  • #13 - Don’t slash your tires

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