Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Healthy, Happy Snacking!

So, does this look like it could be even remotely healthy? No you say? How about if you knew it was made with whole wheat flour, applesauce, only 3/4 cup of sugar and NO butter? OK, you're thinking, maybe it's healthy but how does it taste? Well, I put it to the ultimate test, I set it down in front of my kids. They gobbled it down and wanted more, even without the glaze on top! If that doesn't convince you that healthy and delicious can go hand in hand then you'll just have to try it out yourself! The best thing about this bread? When made without the options and cut into 16 servings it's only 2 WW points per serving! Seriously! So what are you waiting for? Ditch the high calorie muffins and breads and give this a try, your waistline will thank you!

Healthy Banana Bread

4-5 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
3/4 cup applesauce
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white all purpose flour (you can use all whole wheat flour if you'd like, tastes just as good)
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon

Options (which obviously raise the calorie content but just by a little)
chocolate chips
chopped walnuts
cinnamon glaze (recipe below)

Heat your oven to 350 and prepare a bundt pan (spay with non-stick spray)

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Mix bananas with applesauce and set aside. Beat sugar and eggs on medium-high with a mixer until creamy then add in banana-applesauce mixture and combine. Turn off mixer and fold in the dry ingredients just until blended. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 min. Bread will be done when top springs back. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 min then remove from pan and cool completely.

Cinnamon Glaze (amounts are approximated since I really didn't measure them when I made it)

1 cup of confectioners sugar
2 Tbsp milk (or more for desired consistancy)
1/2 tsp of cinnamon