Monday, March 27, 2017

Star of the Week

Adding a banana to your daily diet has an array of benefits in your body. Bananas are rich in fiber, antioxidants and several nutrients. A medium-sized banana contains about 105 calories.
Banana Muffins with Yogurt and Cinnamon Granola Topping
Power House Muffins
Healthy Banana Creamscile Smoothie

Banana Bread
Recipe adapted from "Vanilla Bean Baking Book" by Sarah Kieffer. Recipe makes one large loaf or two medium size loaves. 
Cooking Tip: When cooking or baking with yogurt instead of sour cream, there are a few other things to keep in mind beyond the simple one-to-one substitution ratio: Go for whole-milk Greek yogurt: The yogurt closest in texture and flavor to regular sour cream is whole-milk Greek yogurt.
  • 1-1/2 cups flour( I used half white and half whole wheat) 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda 
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 TB. Saigon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup very ripe bananas, mashed about 3 medium sized bananas 
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  •  1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick) at room temperature  
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one large loaf pan or 2 medium sized pans.
  • In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda,  cinnamon, salt and nuts. Set aside.
  • In another bowl mix sour cream or yogurt, vanilla and mashed bananas. 
  • Beat butter on medium speed until creamy adding in sugars. Beat mixture until light and fluffy, adding in eggs. Mix until well combined. 
  • Reduce speed to low and add in flour mixture and mix until ingredients are almost incorporated.
  • Add in banana mixture and mix with a wooden spoon just until combined.  Avoid over mixing.   
  • Bake about 35 minutes until top is dark brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  • Cool 6 minutes an pan and invert on to a wire rack.
Care to indulge?
Splurge with Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Icing (Penuche Frosting)
Smoothies with a star ingredient- bananas 

1 comment:

  1. As I read this, I am eating half a banana in my bowl of oatmeal.

    Thanks for the healthy version of banana bread. I recently began making my homemade pizza crust with part whole wheat flour rather than all white flour.