I just love banana bread .This is so delicious with the simple flavors of banana and toasted nuts.This is a staple in my house now a days.Whenever I have over ripe banana just whip them up into a banana bread ,even now I wait for banana to turn brown soon ,so that I can make my lovely yummy banana bread over and over again.
Classic banana breads are delicious with nuts and lots of butter and in those we use all purpose flour too.They are good undoubtedly,but nowadays everyone so health conscious that eating it regularly is not what recommended.
This recipe of banana bread is healthier in terms of ingredients than the classic style of banana bread.And yes you will not feel any difference in taste or texture for sure .This is so moist and flavorful ,you might not want to try any other recipe after trying this one.
Banana bread can be a dessert ,tea time cake,breakfast with coffee or can be eaten for lunch with a salad on side.One thing which I learnt is that banana bread should be cracked in the center while breaking it means baking soda is doing its job properly.Always use a very ripe banana to get intense banana flavor in bread.
There are so many banana bread recipe throughout the internet,they are just the same or little here and there but I found this recipe which works great for me ,low calories and with the addition of wheat flour we can add more fiber to the bread too.
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup vegetable, or corn oil
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg or 2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or cardamon powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup any nut of your choice (chopped)(walnuts,almonds,pecans or chocolate chips)
Place the rack in the center of the oven. Spray an 8 x 4 inch (20 x 10 cm) loaf pan with a nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas with the baking soda and yogurt.( Allow to sit while you prepare the rest of the batter.)
In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, egg or egg whites (I used egg whites to make it low cal.
), and vanilla.
In another large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, ground cinnamon or cardamom (I used the later one) and salt.
Then combine the banana mixture with the oil mixture and then add to the dry flours mixture. Stir just until combined.
Add chopped nuts or chocolate chips and stir in.
Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top.Sprinkle some nuts on top to get that toasty nut flavor.
Bake for about 45 -55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.cut into slices and enjoy.