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3.19.12

Less Evil Banana Bread

If you haven’t noticed yet…We LOVE Snacking. Sometimes we even forget to sit down and have a real meal; we had a feeling that some people struggle with the same problem. To fix it, we decided to bring in some of our food-loving friends to share their techniques for eating Less Evil foods throughout the day. After all, living LesserEvil is more than just snacking, its about finding balance in snacks, meals, exercise and most importantly peace of mind.

We are thrilled to present our first “Guest Blogger,” Amelia Winslow, who is not only our friend but also a nutritionist, new mom, and the founder of Eating Made Easy. Be sure to subscribe to LessEvil Recipes, if you like what you see here!

Less Evil Banana Bread

Just because this famous baked good has the words “banana” and “bread” in it’s name doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a healthy choice. In fact, merely one slice of traditional banana bread can have close to 300 calories (and I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to stop at one slice when there’s a warm, tempting loaf sitting in front of me!). Luckily, there are some ways to make this classic treat a little Less Evil without compromising on taste. Here is my recipe for moist and tasty banana bread that won’t weigh you down.

2 large very ripe bananas, well-mashed with a fork or whisk

Less Evil Banana Bread

1/2 cup sugar

Same Taste, Less Evil

2 Tbsp honey

2 eggs

1/4 cup canola oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk

1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup wheat bran

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray and coat with large pinch of flour (shake flour all around the pan so it’s coated). Mix first 5 ingredients in a large bowl until well-combined. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (minus choc chips). Stir half of the dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredients, then stir in the buttermilk. Put the chocolate chips in the remaining flour mixture then add to the batter, followed by the yogurt. Mix until just combined, then pour into the loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 min, turn oven down to 325 degrees and bake an additional 20 min, or until a knife/toothpick comes out clean when you poke the loaf. Cool in pan on a cooling rack for 10 min, then remove from pan and cool another 15 min (if you can wait!) before slicing.

Enjoy!
-Amelia

Amelia Winslow is a nutritionist, food lover, new mom, and the founder of Eating Made Easy, a website that makes healthy eating easier for busy people. Get healthy tips, recipes, the latest food news, and answers to all your burning questions on Eating-Made-Easy.com.

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  • Callie

    This is great! I typically like a frosting on my banana bread, but I know that is crazy with sugar and calories. Any suggestions for a “lesser evil” frosting?

  • ButterPaul

    I am gonna try this recipe. Your bread has gotta be more punchy than the Starbucks banana bread that I fall victim to much too often. Thanks.

  • admin

    Callie-

    For a simple Drizzle Icing, try whipping together 2 tablespoons low-fat milk and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar.

    If you really feel like branching out try substituting Nutella Nutmeg Spread when you would ordinarily use frosting.

    -LE

    • http://www.eating-made-easy.com Amelia

      Nutella Nutmeg Spread?? YUM! Why haven’t I heard of this seemingly heavenly substance?!

      • http://www.lesserevil.com LesserEvil

        Oh ya know, just trying to be a flavor innovator. All it takes is a type-o and we might have just invented the best new flavor profile around.

    • http://www.lesserevil.com LesserEvil

      Whoops, meant to say Nutella Hazelnut Spread. Hey maybe Nutella Nutmeg is the spread of the future…

      • http://www.eating-made-easy.com Amelia

        Ha! Well look at you, innovating away!

  • http://www.mintgreenwithenvy.com Bridget

    Yum! I love Banana Bread. It’s nice to have the Less Evil version of it. Thanks!

  • http://www.DesireeEaglin.com Desiree Eaglin

    Sounds nummy. I love that you used yogurt in the recipe as well!

  • http://mamabubblog.com Mama Bub

    This looks amazing, and I currently have two over ripe bananas waiting for me to do something with them!

  • http://iamnotthebabysitter.com/ Jamie

    I LOVE Banana Bread! Anything that makes it less junky/evil is a recipe for me.

  • http://blog.trekaroo.com Sharlene

    I love the “less evil” concept. I am going to pin this recipe for sure.

  • http://www.hollywoodhotmoms.com natalie

    love this!!! did you know you can use palm sugar and bring down the glycemic level? it also makes it less sweet and the banana shine through!

  • http://rockinmama.net Caryn B

    I love the addition of choc. chips! Looks delish

  • Kristin

    Wow, that looks incredible! I love banana bread and your recipe looks perfect to make for anytime of the day. I always snack so I’m excited to try your recipe soon!

  • http://www.feltstories.com Shelby Barone

    I love this recipe!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • http://www.thequeenofswag.com Vanessa

    everyone knows I’m addicted to Banana bread. I’m very proud to say I LOVE IT! Thanks for the recipe!