Monday, February 27, 2012

Banana Bread

A family favorite around here is the super simple and ever delicious, banana bread!

Low Calorie Banana Bread
Source: N/A

2 tablespoons butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1-1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (I omit)

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes.
Add eggs; mix well.
Beat in the bananas, sour cream, applesauce and vanilla.
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture just until moistened.
Fold in chips, if desired.
Pour into 3 mini-loaf pans coated with cooking spray. If desired, top with chocolate chip layer.
Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Or 1 large loaf-pan for 55-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Serves: 3 mini-loaves, 8 thick slices each
or one large loaf

Can freeze loaves in airtight bag/container for up to 3 months
Nutrition: 185 calories per slice with chocolate chips
115 calories per slice without chocolate chips

I topped one loaf with mini-Chocolate Chips, the kids LOVED it!

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