Hi everyone! Back to work tomorrow after a fun 3 day weekend!
It’s a funny thing to say, but one of my favorite things about days off work is that I don’t have to pack any breakfast, lunch or snacks. It’s so hard to decide what to pack the night before, and it’s so easy to fall into a rut. Sandwiches, granola bars, yogurt, apples…same food, different day (unless I have some leftovers from a big meal- like this Chipotle Turkey Chili). I leave for work pretty early in the morning, so I’m usually eating breakfast on the run or once I get to the office. This whole grain banana walnut bread is a great way to mix up what I eat with my morning coffee ☕️
Quick bread is a wonderful thing because just like the name states, quick breads are super fast to make! Banana bread is a classic, so I didn’t mess with it too much. As usual, I wanted to make it a little bit healthier by using some whole wheat flour- so between the that, the fresh bananas, and the omega 3 rich walnuts, you can feel pretty good about this being your sweet treat!
I think every family has over-ripe bananas in their house at least once a month. I used to throw them away, but in recent years I discovered that they are a perfect food to freeze. Once they are slightly overripe (or very overripe for banana bread- it will add more sweetness), you can peel them, throw them in a quart or gallon size zip lock bag, and use them as needed for smoothies, muffins, or quick bread!
- 2 eggs
- 3 very ripe bananas, peeled (medium to large in size)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Beat eggs in large bowl.
- Break bananas into chunks and add to bowl. Using an electric mixer, combine eggs and bananas until smooth.
- Add oil, applesauce, sugar, and vanilla to mixture. Continue to mix until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, combine both flours, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix on low until combined.
- Fold in chopped walnuts.
- Pour batter into greased loaf pan (8.5-9 inches).
- Bake 60-70 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
- Calories: 257, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 11 g, Carbohydrates: 38 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 19 g, Sodium: 183 mg, Saturated Fat: 1 g