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Yummy Non-Fat Banana Bread Recipe

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This recipe for Yummy Non-Fat Banana Bread, by , is from The 2006 Intermatic 115th Anniversary Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Dept. 0073 -- Jacque & Bob Suding
Added: Wednesday, June 14, 2006


c. natural applesauce apple (no added sugar)
2 eggs (egg whites OR egg substitute are OK)
c. sugar (optional)
3 bananas, mashed
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. rum flavoring
tsp. nutmeg (optional)
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
c. walnuts OR pecans OR both, chopped
c. or more dried cherries OR other dried chopped fruits, like, date nuggets (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Use one large or 3 small bread pans. Cream applesauce & sugar if used; add eggs & flavorings (or just put these in a bowl & whisk them altogether). Mix the flours & baking soda together plus the nutmeg if used; add gradually to the applesauce mixture & blend well. Fold in bananas, nuts, & cherries (or dried cranberries/other dried fruits). Pour into baking pans & sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake 45 to 50 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean. (Baking time depends on whether your oven is calibrated correctly). Bake mini-loaves about 35 minutes & test for doneness.

This recipe is good even without the sugar, or you may cut down on the sugar to taste, such as 1/3 or cup. I use natural milled cane sugar (available at Trader Joe's and other stores), or you could try 2 to 4 packets of Stevia, which is a sweet herb that has no calories or side effects (I use 3 packets). Use a good whole-wheat flour, such as Hodgson Mill or King Arthur. You could make this bread with all whole-wheat flour, but it would be heavier and drier. The one cup whole wheat to one cup white is a good flour balance.

No fat or cholesterol in this recipe (except for the fat in the nuts, which is good for you and the cholesterol in fresh eggs if you use those, but eggs are also good for you)!

A sprinkle of cinnamon sugar over the top of the loaf before baking makes a nice finish.




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