01 July 2010

banana pecan breakfast bread

I was browsing Summer Harms' blog last week, and came across her recipe for banana bread made with sour cream. It sounded really good, but I wanted something healthier. I wanted a banana bread that I could eat for breakfast without feeling guilty. I did some ingredient switching--replaced the butter with applesauce, the sour cream with plain yogurt, reversed the whole wheat/all-purpose flour ratio, and crammed in as many bananas and pecans as I could. It turned out. so. good.
It's full of fruit, whole wheat, and heart-healthy nuts. It does have a little sugar, but even that you could replace with honey, agave, apple juice concentrate. But really, since the rest of the ingredients are so good, I'm OK with a little sugar. I'm so OK with it that I went ahead and slathered a slice with butter. Mmmm.
{In all honesty, the bread was better without the butter.}

Here is my adapted, healthified recipe.

Banana Pecan Breakfast Bread
(adapted from Summer Harm's recipe)

1 1/2 cups ripe, mashed bananas (about 3)
1/2 cup applesauce
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons milled flax
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or your favorite combination)
  • In a medium bowl, mash the bananas.
  • Add applesauce, sugar, eggs and yogurt; combine thoroughly.
  • In a small bowl, combine flours, flax, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients; stir until just combined.
  • Gently stir in vanilla and pecans.
  • Pour batter into a greased 8x8 pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 50 minutes. Bread is done when the top springs back when lightly pressed.
  • (You may wish to cover with foil for the last several minutes so the bread doesn't get too dark.)


summer said...

oh you are so sweet! and this is just fantastic. i love making my favorite recipes more wholesome. thank you so much for letting me know-- will definitely be trying this!

house 09 said...

OMG! I am such a banana bread person! and don't eat one in forever. definitely giving it a try. will let you know how it turns out!

Alina said...

Aaaah I wish I woke up tomorrow and someone served me this banana bread for breakfast!!

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