So – I really like baking. I’m that annoying coworker who brings you treats you can’t resist when you are on a diet. That’s because, while I like baking, I don’t like the extra calories involved with EATING all my baking.
Another thing…we eat a lot of bananas…but a lot of bananas also tend to go bad. So in turn, I make a lot of banana bread!
For this recipe, I adapted from this food network recipe and added/changed a few things to make it a little bit healthier/better.
Those things being applesauce, ground oatmeal, nutmeg, brown sugar, vanilla and dark chocolate chips. 🙂
Now forgive my crude and somewhat blurry iphone pictures, but as I was baking, I started thinking…this might come out pretty good – why not take pictures to blog about!
Now the recipe is at the bottom of the page, but the two big substitutions were halving the flour with ground oatmeal and halving the butter with applesauce. A little extra fiber and less fat never hurt anyone! For the oatmeal, I through some quick oat in our blender for a few pulses to make them more flour-like.
But of course…the secret weapon was really adding dark chocolate chips. I recently read an article about how dark chocolate helps with anxiety…and bananas are well known to calm your nerves. (Famous musicians would eat tons of bananas before they performed) So aka – this is the best dish ever.
And Ta – Da! You have yummy and a lil bit healthier banana bread. (The thing in the middle is a muffin. I had the wrong sized pan so some of mine turned into muffins!)
Kellie’s Sort of Healthy Dark Chocolate Banana Bread
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
4 TBS unsalted butter
¼ cup plain applesauce
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 TBS milk
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup ground oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
½ cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.
Cream the sugars, butter, apple sauce and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon and nutmeg. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pulse 1 cup of quick oats in a blender until smooth and add to the dry mix.
Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.
Finally stir in ½ (or more!) cup of dark chocolate chips
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.
Spread slices with honey or Irish butter