Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Banana bread, minus the bananas

I was plum out of bananas.

So I made Banana Applesauce Bread using raisins and cranberries instead, with the recipe from Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet cookbook.

And I totally fudged the recipe, as I do with most recipes.  This time, it did NOT work out for me, as the bread came out thick and heavy.

But I ate it all anyway.

Banana Applesauce Bread

1 cup all purpose flour (I used whole wheat)
1/2 cup all-wheat flour
1/2 cup flour of your choice (I only had pastry.  I think this is where I went wrong.)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (I used about 2 tbsp.  1 tsp seemed too little.)
1/4 tsp baking soda
4 egg whites, beaten fluffy
1 cup  mashed bananas
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I only had slivered almonds, so I chopped them up a little)
1/2 cup raisins (I used raisins and cranberries, because I had them.)
1 tbsp orange zest

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly coat loaf pan with spray and dust with flour (I used a bundt pan).  Combine dry ingredients.  In another bowl, beat egg whites until fluffy.  Now add banana, buttermilk, applesauce and vanilla into a LARGE bowl.  (That's three bowls.  I hate using so many bowls.  boo.)

I never like to BUY buttermilk, because it would go bad before I could use it.  So I buy this stuff, and it works wonderfully.  You just add water to it and voila.  Buttermilk.  Sort of.

Now add dry ingredients to the wet, until blended.   Fold in egg whites, then add nuts and raisins and zest.  Pour into loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes....

It wasn't the best I ever had, but it served its purpose for breakfast for at least four days.  The kids and I like to slather it with dark chocolate almond butter (which has much less sugar than nutella and tastes just as delicious).

I also warmed it up every morning in the toaster oven, which helped the texture somewhat......

Next time I'll try a bread flour or maybe even some amaranth.....


mama llama said...

Hey Cuz! Love your blog! Where is this dark chocolate almond butter?! Abigail loves nutella, and I hate to give it to her because it has so much sugar!

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