For as much as I love to bake, there has been one item that never seems to turn out the way I want, and it’s name…. Banana Bread.
I’ve tried tons of recipes, with minor tweaks to fit my lifestyle, and they have all been less than par.
Can’t a girl just get herself some banana bread where she tastes more banana than refined sugar?!
I took a leap and tried a recipe a bit outside of my comfort zone, making my adjustments, and I’m never going back.
Banana Love Boat
Adapted from FatGirlTrappedInASkinnyBody
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2/3 cup granulated Splenda
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar or white sugar
- 2 Tbsp Splenda brown sugar (or ¼ light brown sugar)
- 4 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 2/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon (unless using another flavor profile)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease, or non-stick cooking spray (I love Baker’s Joy), a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan* and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the applesauce, Splenda and sugar. Add the egg whites, one at a time, beating after each addition, and then the vanilla and almond extract.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture, alternating with mashed banana and coconut milk.
Mix until just combined. Stir in the flaked coconut. Pour the batter to the prepared baking pan.
Bake for 45min to 1 hour and 15 minutes, when a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, depending on your oven, elevation, and type of pans used.
Let completely cool before slicing.
*OR 4 mini loaf pans (45min) OR bundt pan (45min) OR muffins (45min)
Nutrition (1/16): (does not include add-ins)
Calories: 129, Fat: 2.6g, Sat. Fat: 2.3g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 138.3mg, Carbs: 23.6g, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugars: 7.1g, Protein: 3g
The shredded coconut added this extra texture not typically found in banana bread (and I’m a texture girl). But I think its the coconut milk that really adds that extra umph of richness and flavor.
Since the first batch six months or so ago, I have continued to utilize this recipe to make tons of flavor profiles: peanut butter chocolate cinnamon chip, pumpkin spice butterscotch, Chinese 5 Spice, and even lavender. Yes, lavender! (You all know I need as much help in the “chill” department as I can get).
The photo above is a 50/50 bread of peanut butter chocolate cinnamon chip and pumpkin spice butterscotch, I omitted the original cinnamon in the recipe, above, and divided the batter in two.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cinnamon Chip
- 1 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter baking chips
- 1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon baking chips
- 1 Tbsp mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Add the following to the above nutritional facts: Calories: 47, Fat: 2.1g, Sat. Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 14.1mg, Carbs: 6g, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugars: 5.3g, Protein: 0.8g
Pumpkin Spice Butterscotch
- 1 1/5 Tbsp pumpkin spice baking morsels
- 1 1/2 Tbsp butterscotch baking morsels
- 1 1/2 Tbsp toffee bits (also in the baking section)
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice
Add the following to the above nutritional facts: Calories: 51, Fat: 2.5g, Sat. Fat: 1.7g, Cholesterol: 0.9mg, Sodium: 12.3mg, Carbs: 6.9g, Fiber: 0g, Sugars: 4.9g, Protein: 0g
Using a chopping knife, chop through the baking chips/morsels (they start to look more like shavings).* Add them, along with the spice, to their appropriate bowls. Fold them into the batter, pour it into the prepared pan and bake.
*I like this method because I get flavor in every bite rather than just those with a whole morsel in it.
**Keep in mind these measurements are for half of the batter. If you choose to make the entire banana bread one flavor profile, please double the measurements.**
More recently, I made Strawberry Banana Muffins, and, yes, they taste as good as they sound.
I am ahead of my assignments at the moment, so I want to take what time I can to check in with everyone. This blog has been such a staple in my recovery process. There is no way I am forgetting about it or you.
Look for follow-up posts with the recipes to make more of those flavor combos I mentioned above.
God Bless and thank you for always welcoming me back!