Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lowfat Banana Bread


This is NOT your Grandmother's Banana Bread! First of all, it isn't made with cups and cups of oil and butter. In fact, it doesn't have oil or butter in it AT ALL! Secondly, each slice is packed with FIVE WHOLE GRAMS OF FIBER! Yes, you heard me correctly!

A few weeks ago, I found some Fiber-Sure marked down at my local Kroger's. Apparently, the name is going to change to Metamucil Clear & Natural, so they are selling the old bottles at 1/2 price. Fiber-Sure (an all natural vegetable fiber called inulin) is clear, tasteless, can be used in recipes without altering the ingredients, and is a fantastic way to add fiber to your diet!

I found this recipe at the Fiber-sure website and couldn't wait to try it! I had frozen some ripe bananas a while ago, so I had everything I needed for this recipe on hand. By the way, when there is a great sale on nuts, I stock up like crazy and put them in my freezer. So to answer your question, yes, I freeze my nuts.

By the way, this is not a paid endorsement (as evidenced by my previous sentence regarding nuts).

The bread turned out nice and moist and quite tasty. Next time I make it, I think I'll eliminate the nuts and use the saved point to put a little reduced fat cheddar cheese on top of each slice. Yes, I'm completely weird that way. I have this thing with banana bread and cheddar cheese. Can't explain it. There's no excuse for it. Been eating it that way since I can remember making my own food. I have some other weird food combos that I'll have to tell you about some other time.

Without further ado...

Lowfat Banana Bread

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Fibersure
1/2 cup sugar (I used Splenda for baking)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 medium)
1/3 cup fruit-based substitute for fat or unsweetened applesauce
2 large egg whites (I used 1/4 cup of egg substitute)
1 large egg (I used 1/4 cup of egg substitute here also)
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9" by 5" metal loaf pan. In large bowl, combine flour, Fibersure, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In medium bowl, with fork, mix bananas, fat substitute, egg whites, and egg until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture just until flour mixture is moistened.

2. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with chopped pecans. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

Makes 1 loaf, 16 slices.

Each slice: About 119 calories (15 percent calories from fat), 3g protein, 23g carbohydrate, 2g total fat (0g saturated), 13mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 4g fiber.

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Amy @ Finer Things said...

I was totally cracking up until you traded nuts for cheese. EW!


Brandy said...

I'll be on the lookout for the fiber sure. Where is it in the store? With the flour or with the other fiber "meds"?

This sounded really good...until you mentioned the cheese. That is just odd.

Amie said...

I love banana bread but make it for that very reason! I'll totally have to try this. I don't care for nuts either, frozen or not.

Dr. Wifey said...

you had me until the cheese part! LOL looks delish

JessieLeigh said...

Well, I DO like extra sharp cheddar cheese along with slices of tart apple... maybe that's just as odd? I'm not sure. :)

Looks like a great recipe and your writing cracked me up... thanks for sharing!

Sherry said...

Yum! This sounds delish!! :D

Lula! said...

OK, so I need THIS for Brown Friday.

But does it taste good? Seriously, Carrie. No oil or butter? I gotta know the truth here.

mommaof4wife2r said...

i would love to have some...but i'm a total fatty bread lover. is it really a good sub??? come on...tell your mildy chubby friend!

Anonymous said...

You know I can't eat something that doesn't have a ton of oil or butter in it. ;) I think my guys would like this with the cheese too!

theArthurClan said...

I'm sure this will be a great recipe to try out...but first I have to get off the floor. I'm still laughing over the "frozen nuts."

Oh. My. Stinkin'. Heck. HAAAAA!!!

CountryMama@The Cozy Country Home said...

I love banana bread and now that I'm on Iron therapy can always use some extra fiber...can't we all? I'll have to try this one! Thanks for the recipe!

LadyStyx said...

Gosh this sounds yummy

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