"For I was hungry & you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty & you gave me something to drink..."

Matthew 25:35

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Whole wheat banana bread with granola and Greek yogurt

i think i've only met one person in my life who didn't like banana bread.

that person & i are not friends. i have standards after all.

the thing about banana bread is that there are an insane amount of variations. healthy, not healthy, dense, light, with chocolate chips, without, nuts (gag), no nuts (yay), etc etc.

well this one is healthy. chock full of awesome things that you read about in healthy living magazines. it's also only 255 calories per slice (a nice thick slice @ that)- & that's a win in my calorie counting book.

Whole wheat banana bread with granola and Greek yogurt (adapted from eat travel write)
You Need:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats*
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs
3/4 cup light brown sugar*
1 tsp molasses*
1/2 cup Greek Honey Yogurt
2 tblsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup granola*
3 ripe medium banana, mashed*

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 & lightly oil a 9inch loaf pan
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, flax seeds, baking powder & salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the milk, eggs, brown sugar, molasses, yogurt & oil.
Add both eggs to the mix & then stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.
Stir in the bananas & granola.
Pur the mixture into the prepared loaf pan & bake for about 40 minutes (until a toothpick inserted comes out clean)
Cool in the loaf pan for 5-10 minutes before removing & slicing. Enjoy warm or room temp.


*A few things
1. i actually forgot to add my oats. My bread took around 1 hour to cook & this is probably why. it was still perfectly good without the oats so if you don't have them on hand or you don't like them, feel free to leave them out & bake a little bit longer. i like oats though so next time i'll be sure to add them.
2. you can use Dark Brown Sugar instead of light brown sugar + molasses. i only used molasses + light bs because i ran out of dark bs.
3. use any kind of granola you can find. all i had on hand was some Archer Farms Cherry, Chocolate & Hazelnut granola cereal & i used that. still incredible.
4. i always keep a bunch of ripe bananas in the freezer. take them out 30 minutes before you need them & they thaw & slide into your recipe quite nicely.
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2 comments:

miraberto said...

Hi,
This sounds wonderful and healthy! Just one question, you can't really mean 4 minutes of baking time, right?! Is that supposed to be 45 minutes? I can't wait to try this and want to make sure I bake it for the correct amount of time.
Thanks,
Miriam

t.bird said...

Miriam- my bad! 40 minutes! I fixed it- thank you! :)

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