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Heart Healthy Banana Bread

Every year, downtown Pittsburgh hosts “Light Up Night”, when all of the office buildings stay lit up and the stores stay open and everyone walks around and enjoys the first holiday sights and sounds of the season.   They light a large tree and have live music, ice skating, fireworks, and other events spread throughout the city.

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Meeting up with Katie, Beth, and Amy for lunch and shopping yesterday was great.  We hope to meet once a month – other Pittsburgh bloggers and readers are welcome to join too!  Head on over to Katie’s post to see a pic of us (and her pathetic salad). 😉

Monday mornings are made infinitely more tolerable by a delicious breakfast.  I broke into my Kodiak Cake mix from Big Lots.

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The mix is great because it’s whole grain (this is whole wheat and oat), doesn’t have a ton of ingredients, and you only need to add water!

I added pumpkin (about 1/3 cup mix, 1/3 cup pumpkin) and 1/4 cup of almond milk to get the right consistency.

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It made six small cakes and I had 3 this morning and saved 3 for later in the week.

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I was planning on making another loaf of pumpkin bread, but instead decided to use up the two sad looking brown bananas on the counter.

I used Chobani to replace oil in the recipe and used flax eggs – only because I didn’t have real eggs in the house!  Although flax is a source of fat (unsaturated), it is also a great source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids – combined with whole wheat flour, this is a fiber packed breakfast treat!

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Heart Healthy Banana Bread (with chocolate chips)

1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

2 Tbsp ground flax (added to 6 Tbsp warm water to make 2 “eggs”)

1/4 cup Splenda Sugar Baking Blend (equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar)

1/4 cup light brown sugar

2/3 cup mashed, very ripe banana

1/2 cup 0% plain Chobani greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1) Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees & grease loaf pan.

2) Combine all dry ingredients (except sugars) and whisk to mix well.

3) Mix mashed banana, milk, yogurt, flax eggs (when thickened), vanilla, milk, and sugar. 

4) Add wet mixture to dry and stir until incorporated.  Add chocolate chips.

5) Pour into prepared pan and bake 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes and then on a cooling rack.

Makes 1-12 slice loaf.

Approximate nutrition (per slice): 180 calories, 4 grams fat, 32 grams carbs, 4 grams protein

You could reduce the fat and calories by using egg whites (instead of flax, which I had planned on!) or not including the chocolate chips.  The ripe bananas give the bread so much sweetness that you could probably further reduce the sugar.  You would never know it was loaded with fiber.

Does your town do a holiday kick-off event? 

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21 responses to “Heart Healthy Banana Bread

  1. healthydivaeatskatie November 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I really hope we do get together more! It would be nice!

    I say next time we should do a girls night dinner on a Friday or Saturday ; )

    Happy Monday love! xo

  2. Melissa November 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Oh, that sounds so fun! I wish we had something like this, but no dice. My own holiday kick off was decorating my tree and watching Christmas movies yesterday. 🙂

  3. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance November 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Looks like a fun time! And I saw the pic of Katie’s salad– such a sad sight haha

    I’ve never thought or heard of subbing Chobani for oil in a recipe, but that’s such a great idea. Does it always work with baked goods?

  4. sprint2thetable November 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I made pumpkin pancakes this morning too! I’d love to try out that Kodiak mix one day.

    Your bread sounds wonderful. I love how yogurt makes baked good perfectly moist.

  5. healthycollegegirl November 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    how fun!! my town has a lights festival around christmas time and i love going.
    that banana bread looks delicious! i may need to try it!

  6. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Sounds like a good time! Blogger meetups are so fun.

  7. peaceloveandoats November 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I love banana bread! and healthy recipes for it! haha

  8. allieksmith November 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I hope Light Up Night was awesome for you!

  9. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate November 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try that kodiak mix!

  10. Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes November 22, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Light Up Night looks soo fun! Hope you have a great time! Have a happy Monday!

  11. Kirstie @ Musings of a Happy Life November 22, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Ooooh! I’m so giving that recipe a try this weekend! Yum.

  12. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food November 22, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I need to come to the meet-up next time! I was so sad that I was busy and couldn’t make it!

  13. Kris November 22, 2011 at 6:41 am

    OMG. Seriously all this bread and baked goods is making me drool!! I need to stop blog reading at 10:40pm….Dang this looks amazing!!!

    I love anything with healthy in the title 🙂 I’m making this!!

    xxoo

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  15. beth @ a latte inspiration November 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I’m jealous of all your great Big Lots steals, I must go to my local Big lots soon. 🙂

  16. teabagginit November 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    thanks for the inspiration! i now know the fate of my ripening bananas!!!

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