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 
http://sockfairies.blogspot.com/2016/06/a-healthy-start-to-day.html
Power House Muffins
http://sockfairies.blogspot.com/2015/05/why-didnt-i-think-of-that-and-power.html
Healthy Banana Creamscile Smoothie
http://sockfairies.blogspot.com/2016/06/mornings-two-best-friends-smoothie-and.html

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.
Ingredients:
  • 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
Directions:
  • 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) 
http://sockfairies.blogspot.com/2015/05/nostalgic-desserts.html
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.

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