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I love banana nut bread. When my mother let the banana's brown to save them, I knew it was coming. My mother used to make it in the fall a lot. It was great to have at Thanksgiving. Generally banana nut bread is loaded with sugar on top of over ripe bananas that also produce a lot of sweetness. So over the years I've tried to “healthify” it without taking away the taste. I recently made this recipe for my family and they loved it. I actually used half the stevia in this recipe and my kids still loved it. Changing some of the ingredients lowers the calories but still has that strong banana flavor.
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Healthified Banana Nut Bread
I find that banana nut bread is best served warm with a bit of butter on it. Mmmm, I'm going to have a piece now.
What you will need
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup of cultured butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cups + 1 1/2 tbsp Truvia® or 24 Truvia® packets This is the conversion or 1 cup of sugar.
- 2 cups mashed bananas - approximately 5 medium overripe bananas
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Mash the bananas in a bowl until liquified. Lumps are ok.
- Mix in butter, eggs and Truvia®. You can use an electric mixer or stand mixer. Keep in mind that the stevia is much sweeter than regular sugar so you don't need as much of it. You can find a proper conversion chart here. (If you like it less "sugary" you can cut this in half as well with only 12 packets or 3 1/2 tbsp)
- In a separate bowl sift the whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt.
- Slowly mix the flour mixture into the banana mixture.
- Grease a loaf pan and place the mixture into it. The recipe can yield one large loaf or two medium loaves.
- Place a few chopped walnuts onto the top of the mixture.
- Bake for 1 hour. (Depending on your oven you may need to do a stick test to make sure the stick is clean when you pull it out of the bread)