Banana Blueberry Bread

This banana bread recipe has been tweaked for a much healthier nutritional profile yet it remains moist and flavorful.  A perfect after school snack for children. As seen in the picture, this recipe was used for my daughter’s Peace sign cake pan but any standard loaf pan would work.

 
Why Healthy

  • This banana bread recipe has been tweaked for a much healthier nutritional profile yet it remains moist and flavorful. A perfect after school snack for children.
  • As seen in the picture, this recipe was used for my daughter’s Peace sign cake pan but any standard loaf pan would work.
  • Using oat flour adds a natural source of heart healthy soluble fiber.
  • Blueberries are leaders in antioxidant activity as well as adding fiber, vitamin C and manganese.
  • Bananas are a great source of potassium.
  • Using applesauce instead of butter helps to decrease the fat content. This coupled with the bananas, yields a moist product.

 

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Banana Blueberry Bread

A healthier version of a traditional favorite.

Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 50 mins

Ingredients:

1-1/2 Cups Mashed Bananas (About 3-4)
1/4 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Naturally Sweeteened Cinnamon Applesauce
1 Large Egg
2 Egg Whites
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Cup Oat Flour
1 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. (If using a silicone shaped mold like I did be sure to coat well with cooking spray and flour or use the cooking spray with flour.)
In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork or beat well.
Add the honey and eggs to the bananas beating until smooth.
Add the applesauce, vanilla, and sugar combining well.
Add the spices, baking soda and flours and stir until well combined being careful not to overmix.
Toss in the blueberries and gently fold into the batter.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake on center oven rack for about 50 minutes (until inserted tooth pick comes out clean).
Add another 10 minutes to the baking time if the bread is not fully cooked.
If the top is getting browned, simply place a piece of tinfoil over the top.
If using the silicone molds, timing will vary significantly so keep an eye and check every 5-10 minutes after the half hour mark. (Our peace sign mold only took 35 minutes since it is very thin in some areas).
Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes before turning it out of the pan onto a rack to cool completely.

 

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