Thursday, February 21, 2013

triple b - bran banana bread

super moist
I love banana bread and I make it probably once every 2-3 weeks.  I've tried many recipes, some that are obviously not the healthiest (but taste so good it's like cake!) - and some so healthy that it is dry and not very fun to eat (so then, why bother right??).  Today I decided to try out my own combination of ingredients;  I was worried the bran would make it mealy or dry but it actually just adds a nice texture and the loaf is still really tender and moist.  If you're a fan of banana bread, you'll want to try this one out.  Get even healthier by using toasted walnuts (or any other  nuts) instead of the chocolate chips. 

what you need:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup non-fat greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large bananas
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup 100% natural wheat bran
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
what to do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly butter a standard sized loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork then beat well with sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  3. Combine flour, bran, salt and baking soda in a small separate bowl.
  4. Add butter, vanilla and egg to banana mixture and beat to mix well.
  5. Add flour mixture to wet mixture and using a spatula, fold/stir to mix evenly.  Try not to overwork the mixture.
  6. Add greek yogurt and fold with spatula, just until incorporated.
  7. Pour half the batter into the loaf pan, then sprinkle chocolate chips evenly on top. Top with the rest of the batter, then bake for 40 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick in the centre of the loaf comes out clean.  Remove and as soon as it is cool enough to handle, transfer loaf onto a cooling rack.  Slice and enjoy!
slice it up warm, delicious!
just a little bit of chocolate
in the centre satisfies a chocolate craving

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