Semi-Healthy Banana Bread

I have been trying to prepare healthy meals for some time now, but most of that was out the window during the time that I was on bedrest and while we were adjusting to life with a new baby.  Now that things have settled down, I have once again started to focus on healthy eating.  It would be too much of a shock for all of us if I just changed our diet overnight, so I have been gradually making changes.

One of the changes that I have been wanting to implement is the use of whole wheat flour.  I really would love to cut down on the amount of flour and pasta that we use, but for now I am happy to have it just be a bit healthier.  I have tried making things from whole wheat that I normally make from white flour, but that normally bombs because our taste buds are not accustomed to that (even though we have only eaten whole wheat loaf bread for the last few years).

Last night I realized that the bananas that I had bought to make banana chips with were a bit too ripe and mushy for that.  I didn’t want to waste the bananas, so I decided that I would let the kids help me make some Banana Bread.  I found a recipe this morning that was half whole wheat flour and half white flour so we gave it a shot.

We made the batter and poured it into a petite loaf pan (I love this pan – it makes the cutest little personal-sized loafs!).  I didn’t hear the timer go off so I am not exactly sure how long they cooked but they were perfect when I checked on them.  After letting them cool a bit, we gave them an official taste test and declared them delicious! 

Here is the recipe if you want to give it a try.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread  (recipe #41658 on recipezaar.com)

8-16 Servings

50 min cook time;  20 min prep

 

3/4

cup whole wheat flour

3/4

cup all-purpose flour

1

teaspoon baking powder

1

teaspoon baking soda

1/2

cup sugar

2

tablespoons margarine, melted

4

medium bananas, mashed

2

egg whites, slightly beaten

 

cooking spray

  1. Prepare (3) small loaf pans or (1) large loaf pan with the cooking spray.
  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Combine sugar and next three ingredients in another bowl; add to flour mixture until dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30-50 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, remove and cool completely on wire rack.
  7. ENJOY.

 

I did take a picture of our yummy treats and if I get a chance tonight after I get the kiddos in bed, I will update this post with a pic. 

 

 

Blessings,  Dana

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “Semi-Healthy Banana Bread

  1. Dana-

    Just wanted to follow up on the probiotics. I do give them to the kids, too and we take them everyday, increasing the amount when there is an illness or if we feel like we are coming down with something. I use Nature’s Way Primadophilus Children for the kids because it comes in a scoop-able powder that you can mix into anything and it’s dairy free for the most part. I mix it in their water, applesauce, even oatmeal. You can pretty much mix it into anything that isn’t too acidic.

    That brand doesn’t include inulin or oligosaccharides (a soluble fiber that helps your body support the growth of beneficial bacteria), but if you take it along with foods that do have a lot of those in them, then you are good to go. Those foods are aparagus, bananas, barley, beans, berries, cherries, dark chocolate, eggplant, garlic, fresh herbs, jerusalem artichoke, leeks, oats, onions, peanuts, peas, soybeans, tea, whole rye, and whole wheat.

    I hope that helps some. Feel free to email me if you have any more questions. I love helping out! šŸ™‚

    Kimbrah

    Like

  2. I’ve never tried baking with wheat flour…I just eat less of the stuff I bake with regular flour. Maybe I’ll try this half and half…it isn’t that I don’t like wheat (I eat wheat bread too) but it’s making that transition to something different, you know?

    Thanks!

    Like

  3. I am reminded of the rich, young ruler. Jesus told him to sell off everything he had and to follow Him. This was the thing that made the rich man selfish, it was what he was holding on to the hardest.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s