Tiffany is a newer member of the Bumbling Band & already an active & vocal one.
I was thrilled she was willing to share her food musings with us as was my anythingBANANAadoring Toddler Tornado.
Just recently I have ventured into the nearly endless world of baking and I can defiantly say that it is a learning experience. My first baking project turned into a running joke in the family and no amount of healthy/delicious recipes will let me live that incident down! I am a notoriously bad recipe follower and I added (just a bit!) too much baking soda to the recipe. Needless to say, the first bite of the cake fizzled in your mouth, leaving a soapy tasting aftermath that no one seems to forget!
Baking has such a bad reputation in the nutrition world, full of the notorious criminals —sugar and fat. But, that doesn’t mean this reputation can’t be cleaned up a little! Baking can be a treat that you can enjoy without having to worry about squeezing into those jeans the next day! Now I’m not recommending that just because the recipe might be healthy…to eat baked goods like veggies! But you can have baked goods without feeling guilty or really “splurging”! Here are just a few healthy substitutions when baking that can turn a whole recipe around:
1 cup cream use Skim milk or soy milk
Oil use Unsweetened Natural Applesauce
Stick margarine use Small amounts of olive oil, canola oil
2oz Mild cheddar cheese use 1 oz reduced-fat sharp cheddar
Sugar as a sweetener use 1 tsp. Honey
1 Oz. chocolate use 3 tbsp cocoa
Cream Cheese use Low fat ricotta + yogurt or light cream cheese
2 eggs use 1 egg + 2 egg whites or egg substitute
Sour cream use Plain Yogurt
1 cup whipping or heavy use 1 cup evaporated skim milk cream
Now I know in my house Banana nut bread is something that is simple to make, but is gone before I barely get a piece (so much for cook appreciation!) and it is also something that can be baked healthy without losing the moist, yummy goodness that it is! I would love to share with you guys a healthy spin on this hassle-free and easy bread!
Banana Nut Bread
Serves – 12
Prep/Time – 10 min. / 90 min.
Tips- Choose bananas that are really ripe, the browner they are the tastier the bread is (now don’t go and get a black banana. Yuck). Once all the ingredients are mixed together put it in the oven right away, the baking soda will start to lose its “power”. Use the right sized loaf pan, we don’t want doorstop looking breads, this happens when the pan is too large. And lastly, yes, the bread is supposed to crack in the middle, it means you’ve done a good job!
- 1/3 cup unsweetened natural applesauce
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg and 2 egg whites
- 1 1/4 cup mashed bananas
- 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts ( easily left out if your not a nut fan )
- 1/4 cup raisins (also easily left out you picky eaters!)
1.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2.) In a large bowl, beat applesauce and honey together.
3.) Add in egg/egg whites and mix well.
4.) Stir in bananas and vanilla.
5.) Stir in flour and salt.
6.) Add baking soda to hot water, stir to mix, and then add to batter.
7.) Blend in chopped nuts and raisins.
8.) Spread batter into a greased ( I lightly spray PAM in it ) 9x5in.loaf pan.
9.) Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or try the toothpick trick (Insert a toothpick in the middle and it should come out clean)
10.) Cool on wire rack for 30 min. before slicing!
Thanks Tiffany! You were a Bumbling Band member already——so Ill just add I hope youre here to stay!