03 January 2010

New Banana Bread Recipe

Trying new recipes is something I want to make a part of my new year, and hopefully I'll share my discoveries with you along the way.

I've been making my own Chocolate Chip Banana Bread for years. It's my mom's recipe and instead of adding walnuts, I add a half a cup of chocolate chips. I love it, but when I saw this recipe from Confessions of a Tart for a slightly healthier version that uses less butter, slightly less eggy-badness (one full egg and two egg whites), buttermilk and whole wheat flour, I bookmarked it for the next time I had bananas that had turned a corner.

It was time. The recipe is pretty straight-forward. The one thing I wondered about was the 34 grams of applesauce. Turns out its 2 Tablespoons, which is explained in the butter line just above the applesauce line in the recipe. I used Sir Mix Alot, my KitchenAid Mixer, instead of a hand mixer, but I'm sure the hand mixer works just fine. I didn't have whole wheat flour, so I used all white flour instead of mixing it like she does. I also used 3 1/2 bananas to yield 2 cups of mashed banana. I guess it just depends on the size of your bananas. I also used soy milk that I added about a teaspoon of white vinegar to instead of buttermilk. All told, it turned out just wonderful. Next time I want to try it with the whole wheat flour though to see if you can taste the difference.

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