Recipe: Guiltless Banana Walnut Bread

I love banana bread, always have and always will.  But, it can literally be like eating dessert for breakfast.  So, over the last few weeks, I have browsed various recipes, experimented with substitutes, and made lots of mistakes in the kitchen, all in the hopes of finding a guiltless version.  The recipe below is just that!  It is a variation of a co-worker’s recipe, substituting healthier ingredients in place of things like eggs and butter.  It is little less sweet than some banana breads, but still perfectly moist and satisfying.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large, very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar & stevia blend (I used Domino light all natural sugar & stevia blend; this replaces 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 1 tbsp milled flaxseed + 3 tbsp water (replaces one egg)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (replaces 1/2 stick melted butter)
  • 2 cups organic unbleached whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup soymilk + 1/2 tsp white vinegar (replaces 1/4 cup buttermilk)
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • extra virgin olive oil non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix soymilk and vinegar together; set aside.
  • Mash bananas in large bowl to your liking.
  • Stir in brown sugar, sugar & stevia blend, flaxseed & water, and applesauce.
  • Carefully blend flour and baking soda in separate bowl, before adding to the mixture.
  • Add soymilk blend and vanilla extract.
  • Finally, add the chopped walnuts, stirring sparingly.
  • Grease pan with extra virgin olive oil cooking spray before emptying mixture into it.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

What do you think?  Do you have some substitute ideas of your own??  Please share!

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