home-made & healthy {9} chocolate chip banana bread

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Oh, the wonderful recipes one can find on Pinterest 🙂 I think there could possibly not be a better way to sort of advertise and spread around products and ideas than Pinterest, mostly because it’s free! As I like to cook and bake, it’s a great resource to find new and different recipes. I think I was specifically searching through some healthy recipes when I came across this one, a recipe for Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from Skinny Mom. I do like the rich cake-like bread that is banana bread, and this one had a few healthy adaptations, so I was excited to try it out.

It. Is. Amazing.

I admit I put in a bit too many dark chocolate chips in the bread, but it is still great. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce OR you can use 1 6 ounce container of low carb yogurt
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat butter
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat white flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup Splenda Granulated Sugar (I used Sweet Leaf stevia)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 330 degrees.
  2. Spray two loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. I used regular sized loaf pans or you could use mini loaf pans.
  3. In a small bowl, mash bananas using a fork and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream butter, applesauce or (yogurt if using in place of applesauce), vanilla, and brown sugar, and Splenda.
  5. Add in egg whites and mashed bananas to wet ingredients and beat with a mixer on medium speed for 2-3 minutes.
  6. In a separate bowl, add whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Using a wire whisk, gently mix dry ingredients together.
  7. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together until blended but not over mixed.
  8. Fold in chocolate chips to mixture.
  9. Transfer mixture evenly into the two loaf pans. Both pans should only be about ½ full with mixture. If using mini loaf pans, the mixture should make 4 mini loafs.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a fork inserted in the middle of chocolate chip banana bread loaf comes out clean. If using mini loaf pans, bake for only 25-30 minutes.
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