May 15, 2012

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

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Something about banana bread screams Sunday morning and it's not all that often that I get to smell and taste it, so Mother's Day was the perfect venue to make and share that fresh bakery moment.

Sunday at my mother's house was a smorgageborge of all things brunch. My aunts and uncles brought the fruits salads, my cousins made the quiche, my brother and his wife brought the mimosas and I brought my two baking sweet tooth treats, strawberry yogurt cake and banana bread. 
I don't have a lot of heavy carbs like this bread very often so when I make breads and treats, I make sure I do it right... healthy and delicious. Somehow growing up I was made to believe that sugar was the only ingredient that went with spice and everything nice, but what about honey or even maple syrup? They are just as delicious and still follows the rhyme.

Sugar and spice and everything nice.
Honey and spice and everything nice.
Syrup and spice and everything nice. 

I think I am on to something here!
Well to me, anything that is made in nature is better in our bodies. Sugar is still sugar even in syrup form but it makes me much happier to know that trees made my sweets, not a factory... and I think that you can absolutely taste the difference in my bread.

Baking is one of those closely measured, lightly whipped, smell up the whole house kinda treats that everyone has a soft spot for. And why not, banana bread is delicious, but it's always better homemade. Paul and I are patiently awaiting the new Whole Foods that is coming to town because we will have so many healthy and delicious ways to make the best dishes at home, fresh.
My family, and my mother, loves this bread. It was perfectly moist and went amazingly with my harvest maple butter. It was easy to bring 45 minutes to mom's house ready to serve and the fresh smell still burst in every cut. If you make two loaves you can give one as a gift, but sorry mom, you only got the leftovers of whatever everyone didn't eat.

I hope everyone had a fabulous and wonderful Mother's Day and enjoyed the weekend with their loved ones. Now really show them how much you care by making them this deliciously healthy whole wheat banana bread. You'll be the new favorite {wink:wink}.
Whole Wheat Banana Bread
2 small loaves


2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar free applesauce
3/4 cup honey or maple syrup
2 eggs, beaten
3 mashed overripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan (or two small loaf pans).

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture and stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
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Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew said...

YUM! I love banana bread, and I love how you've healthified it a bit with whole wheat flour. Great idea!

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction said...

I am always up for trying new banana bread recipes, especially tasty/healthy ones!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

This bread looks so incredibly moist!

Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies said...

I've never tried to make banana bread with all whole wheat flour before. Was is very dense?

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

What a fabulous recipe, this looks absolutely delicious! :)