Thursday, August 18, 2011

[Secretly] Healthy Banana Bread

Banana Bread

I hope you guys are ready for a yummy breakfast recipe that you won't feel quite as guilty eating every day.

So, why the healthy part secret? In order to get E to like something he's not used to, I tried to hide some healthy ingredients inside a normal recipe, without changing it enough that he notices. And it's really not that hard!

I took inspiration from the banana bread recipe from this cookbook and made my modifications. My secret ingredients were protein powder and wheat flour. simple, right?

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And here's how to make it:

[Secretly] Healthy Banana Bread
makes 2 loaves

1 1/4 c. white flour
1 c. wheat flour
2 scoops (approx 1/4 c.) whey protein powder - plain
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 c. canola oil
2 c sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 c. buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

2 cups overripe, mashed bananas
1 c toasted, chopped walnuts (opt)

Preheat oven to 350. Sift dry ingredients together and set aside. In a large bowl, mix oil and sugar until well blended. Slowly add beaten eggs and vanilla, stirring just until combined.

Add the baking soda to the buttermilk in a separate bowl and stir.

To the main bowl add 1/3 of the dry ingredient mixture, then half the buttermilk mix, another 1/3 of the flour mix, the rest of the buttermilk, and the last of the flour. mix just until blended, scraping the sides of the bowl.

fold in bananas and nuts.

Pour into to well-greased loaf pans, sprinkle with a teaspoon of sugar, and bake for 1 hour (it only takes about 50 minutes in my oven, so I recommend testing with a toothpick after 45 minutes)

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Laura said...

Mmmm. That looks so good. Can you taste the protein powder? Probably not. I wonder how a vanilla flavored one would taste?

I HATE bananas but really enjoy banana bread. Go figure.

Jessica Lynn said...

love the idea of adding protein powder. I just made three banana bread loaves tomorrow and have three more to make, so I'll try adding some for the next batch!

steph c said...

Oh my goodness. Need this now. Love that you added protein powder!!

Rebekka Seale said...

Wow...I don't care if it's healthy, I want it NOW!

Anonymous said...

I'm a sucker for banana bread...this sounds tasty! Wonder how it would taste with dark chocolate chips added??

Dania @ Always Dania said...

looks delicious! thanks for sharing :) and knowing that its healthier than the original just makes it all the more appetizing ;)

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