Sunday, September 11, 2011

Banana Bread with Icing

The best tasting banana bread I ever ate because it is not extremely sweet and it has no walnuts.  You may add walnuts for more protein and omega-3's. 

Preparation Time:  20 minutes
Cook Time:  50 - 60 minutes
Number of servings: approximately 12


Ingredients:

1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 teaspoons of baking powder (non-aluminum)
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
6 small ripe mashed bananas
3 tablespoons of organic butter or Earth Balance (vegan substitute)
1/4 cup of honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla



Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 4 inch loaf pan.  Beat the honey, butter, and vanilla together.  Stir in the mashed bananas.  Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.  Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix together.  Spoon into loaf pan and bake for approximately 50 - 60 minutes.  It make take longer depending on the size of bananas used.  Check after 45 minutes.  When done, let cool on rack while you make the icing.

Icing (optional)
1 tablespoon of cream, half & half, or soy creamer (organic for all) and add powdered sugar to desired consistancy.  Drizzle over cake.

Nutritional information per serving: 
Calories:  160.  Add another 10 calories for icing.
Fat - 3 grams 
Fiber - 3 grams
Sugar - 10.5 grams (7.0 grams from the honey and 3.5 grams from the bananas.  Add  2.5 grams for the icing)
Protein - 3 grams

Variations:
To reduce the sugar, reduce the honey to 1/4 cup and omit the icing for 8.75 grams per serving.
To increase fiber, use 100% whole wheat flour for 4 grams per serving
To increase protein and omega 3's, stir in one cup of walnuts after mixing the dry and wet ingredients.  This will add 65 calories, 6.5 grams of fat, and 1.5 grams of protein per serving.

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