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Everybody has one…

August 8, 2011

…or two or twelve banana bread recipes.  I have several, including one that has the bananas roasted before incorporating into the bread.  It was just odd enough that I had to try it, but I didn’t see any great flavor benefit, just an extra step.

My biggest complaint with most banana bread recipes is the amount of oil in them, presumably to keep them moist.  Imagine this, just for one loaf of bread:
The Joy of Baking – 8 tbsp of butter
Betty Crocker – 1/2 cup of butter
Emeril Lagasse – 10+ tbsp of butter

The beauty of this recipe is that there are only three tablespoons of melted butter, yet is moist with a great banana flavor.  The magic is in macerating the bananas for a brief couple of minutes, allowing the moisture of to be drawn out.

This recipe came originally from the Forum Feasts Community Cookbook.  The only changes I made were to reduce the sugar and swap out half of the AP flour for whole wheat pastry flour.

Banana Bread
Yield – 1 loaf

3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
3 large, very ripe bananas
1 large egg, slightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Spray 9 x 5 in loaf pan with non-stick spray and heat over to 350F.

In a large bowl, mash the peeled bananas with a fork.  Stir in the sugar, releasing the moisture from the bananas.  Then add the egg and the melted butter, mixing thoroughly. 

In a separate bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Fold the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing just until combined. 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 – 50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 5 minutes then turn the bread out onto a rack and cool completely.

Nutritional Information – based on 12 servings:

Weight Watchers PointsPlus – 5

Calories – 170
Total Fat –  1.8 g
Cholesterol –  18 mg
Sodium – 346 mg
Total Carbohydrates – 36.5 g
Dietary Fiber – 1.4 g
Sugars – 16.7 g
Protein – 3 g

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Krista permalink
    August 9, 2011 6:38 pm

    Well is sure does look good! I like the idea of less fat and sugar too, thanks for having something a little more on the healthy side!

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