Do you ever just get a crazy intense craving for Banana Bread?!
I sure do - Banana Bread is definitely one of my weaknesses. I hate to admit it, but I used to get the “reduced-fat” banana chocolate chip coffee cake at Starbucks on a much-too-often basis.
So darn delicious…but one day my curiosity got the best of me and I looked at the nutritional facts on the Starbucks website… yep, I legitimately shed tears when I saw it was a whopping 400 calories per slice… (I’m pretty sure that “reduced fat” just = “a lot more sugar”).
Now, because I really can’t justify giving up an entire meals worth of my daily calories to have a little slice of that delicious banana bread, and knowing there’s 50 grams of (refined) sugar in it, I’ve been looking around for a much better, healthier, balanced recipe for banana bread.
To my delight I stumbled across an amazing recipe from Brittany at Little B’s Healthy Habits for Banana Protein Bread, that is packed with protein, lower in carbohydrates, naturally sweetened, can be gluten free, and ummmm pretty much INCREDIBLE in the “deliciousness factor”!
I pretty much followed Brittany’s easy and simple recipe exactly with a few alterations here and there!
I decided to change the ratio of vanilla protein powder to oat flour to up the protein just a tad more in this tasty banana bread.
I used my fave Krisda stevia instead of Truvia (as per her recipe), and I decided to forgo the walnuts… not that I don’t like walnuts, I just didn’t have any at home and figured the bread would still be yummy without them!
I’m always a little apprehensive when baking with whey protein powder, as the result can be very dry if there isn’t enough liquid or the right ratio in the recipe.
I’ve had “hockey pucks” for protein muffins/cupcakes in some baking trials in the past, and trust me, it’s not very tasty! THIS recipe however, is FAR from being dry – it’s super moist, dense, and just how a banana bread should be! Even though I used more protein powder and less oat flour than the original recipe had called for, the bread was still a perfect consistency!
I can’t say THANK YOU enough to Brittany for this awesome recipe – I’m planning on making another batch right away to keep in the freezer for a quick on-the-run protein snack!
Oh, and another plus – one serving of this banana bread has only 75 calories and 3 grams of sugar! Compared to the Starbucks banana bread that’s pretty darn good (for accurate serving size, just to compare correctly, I would say 2 servings of this healthy banana bread would be equivalent to the Starbucks serving size – so, to be fair, 150 calories and 6g of sugar in mine/Brittany’s compared to 400 calories and 50g of sugar in Starbucks… I’ll let you decide which stats I like better )