Take your pick Banana Bread

I love baking with bananas.  I have several banana bread recipes that I rotate through, depending on my mood (and available ingredients).  Here are three more new favorites.  These are all fairly healthy (thanks to the addition of fat free yogurt and ground flaxseed).  But they are still a treat (thanks to the addition of peanut butter, chocolate, or a simple, sweet glaze).

Recipes from Cooking Light

Basic Banana Bread

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana 1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt 5 T butter, melted 2 large eggs 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup ground flaxseed 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp ground allspice

Glaze*
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine banana, yogurt, butter and eggs in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed. Add granulated and brown sugars; beat until combined. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level with a knife. In a medium bowl, combine flour, flaxseed, soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Add flour mixture to banana mixture and beat just until blended. Pour batter into a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes of until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely. Combine powdered sugar and milk, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bread.

Chocolate Banana Bread

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana 1/3 cup plain, fat-free yogurt 5 T butter, melted 2 large eggs 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup ground flaxseed 3/4 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp ground allspice 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips, divided 2 T fat free milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine banana, yogurt, butter and eggs; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Add sugars; beat until blended. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, flaxseed, soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture to banana mixture and beat until just blended. Fold 1/3 cup of the mini chocolate chips into the batter. Pour batter into a sprayed 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven, cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Combine remaining 1/3 cup chocolate chips with milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds, then stir until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bread.*

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana 1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter 3 T butter, melted 2 large eggs 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup ground flaxseed 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp ground allspice 2 T chopped dry-roasted peanuts

Glaze* 1/3 cup powdered sugar 1 T milk 1 T creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. To prepare bread, combine banana, yogurt, peanut butter, butter and egg in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until blended. Add granulated and brown sugars; beat until blended. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cups and level with a knife. Combine flour, flaxseed, soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat until just blended. Stir in nuts. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk and peanut butter in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bread.

*These glazes remain pretty sticky.  Once glazed, store any leftovers under a cake dome (or only glaze the pieces you are planning to eat right away).  You do NOT want to lose any of the sweetness to your aluminum foil.

 

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