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Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Bread

Posted Jul 06 2012 1:22pm

Hi everyone!  It’s Friday!  For those of you at work, you are SO close to the weekend, and for those of you that are off, I hope you are enjoying your day!

Thursday Night

For some reason last night, as tired as I was, I had a hard time falling asleep.  I woke up a little over an hour after I had fallen asleep sweating (even with the air on full blast) and with my stomach grumbling.  I needed something cool, and water just wasn’t doing it for me, so instead I went downstairs and had a bowl of cold watermelon.

Thank goodness it totally worked, and I was able to get back to sleep.  It was a restless sleep, but at least it was sleep!

Friday Morning

You may remember that yesterday afternoon I shared with you folks that I was going to do a little experimenting in the kitchen, and that depending on how the recipe came out, I may have another new, nutritious, baked good for you.  You may also remember that last night  I shared that that healthy baked good made the entire house smell incredible.  At that point, I still hadn’t tasted it yet, and I wasn’t sure if it was good enough to share.

Honestly, good doesn’t even come close to describing this Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Bread…..OUTSTANDING does! 

After baking the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake the other day, I remembered how much I love to bake and realized how much I miss it.  Since I had baked something rather indulgent for the Fourth of July , I balanced it out with a healthy baked good yesterday, and it came absolutely fabulous!

I had a bunch of bananas that desperately needed to be used, and I knew I wanted to make a healthy version of banana bread (one of my all time favorite comfort foods), but I also had a pint of blueberries that needed to be used as well.  I love blueberry muffins, so why not combine the two? 

This recipe makes two loaves of bread.  Feel free to cut the recipe in half to make one loaf or 8 muffins. You can also keep the recipe as is, and make one loaf and 8 muffins or you can make 16 muffins.  The loaves freeze really well (I had to put one loaf in the freezer for self control reasons. ;) ), but honestly, you’ll probably want more once it’s gone.

You can serve the bread for breakfast with a little light butter or peanut butter, or you can enjoy it as a snack by itself or crumbled over some Greek yogurt.  You can also add walnuts to the batter if you want a little crunch, and you can even serve the bread warm with a little light whipped topping for dessert!

Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Bread

1. In a medium mixing bowl, mash six, ripe bananas (about 3 cups).

2. Add 1 cup liquid egg whites, 1 cup no-sugar added applesauce, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.  Mix thoroughly.  Add one pint (about 2 cups) of fresh blueberries, and stir until incorporated.

3.  In a large mixing bowl, combined 2 1/2 cups 100% whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups granulated, Splenda No Calorie Sweetener , 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix well.

4. Add wet mixture to bowl containing the dry ingredients and stir until just blended.

5. Spoon batter into 2 large, nonstick loaf pans (9×5) sprayed with nonstick baking spray.

6. Place the loaves in a preheated, 350 degree oven, and bake for about 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle of each loaf comes out clean.

7.  Try to stop from drooling Allow the loaves to cool slightly, and then slice into 8 slices. 

Ready for these Nutritional Stats?? Each, thick slice is only 135 calories with 1 gram of fat, 4 grams of dietary fiber, and 5 grams of protein!

The bread is extremely filling, moist, and flavorful, and you would NEVER know it’s healthy for you.  It may be the best loaf of homemade bread I’ve had.

Breakfast

I spread two slices of the bread with a little Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator peanut butter for some extra protein and healthy fats,

 

and enjoyed it along with a bowl of cantaloupe and green grapes.

Now after a mug of French Roast coffee with a little skim milk and Stevia  it’s time for a workout! 

Happy Friday! :)

Quote of the Day: “Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.” ~Voltaire

Question: What is your favorite type/flavor of muffin or bread?


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