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Re: Banana bread
Oct 18, 2005
Hey, Kann :wave:

I think I can help you on this one. Fruit & veggie breads are my "thing" ;)

First, I wouldn't omit all the sugar. Try cutting it in half and see how you do. I'm also including a nice honey banana bread recipe for you...only 99 calories per slice & 0.04 grams of fat!

Replace the desired amount of butter, margarine or solid shortening with half as much fat substitute, in your case, applesauce. For instance, if you're omitting 1/2 cup butter from a recipe, replace it with 1/4 cup applesauce, pumpkin or other fat substitute. If the recipe calls for oil, substitute 3/4 as much fat substitute (applesauce in your case). Mix your batter, and if it seems too dry, add a little more applesauce or fat substitute. Nonfat buttermilk can work for this, too, instead of applesauce.

Use low-gluten flours with fat-free cooking like whole wheat pastry flour. I find unbleached white works well, too. Also, adding oats, bran, cornmeal & cocoa work very well.

Don't overmix.

Eliminate the eggs. Fat adds tenderness to baked goods, while eggs toughen them. Substitute two tablespoons of your fat substitute for each whole egg in your recipe.

When you eliminate fat from a bread/muffin, you may need to add more baking soda. Not too much, tho, or it will be bitter. Start with adding 1/4 teaspoon at a time and increase if necessary (if it doesn't rise when it cooks).

I haven't tried this particular recipe, but it comes from a fat-free/low-cal cookbook where all the bread recipes are really good.

HONEY BANANA BREAD (yields 16 slices)

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about two large)
1/3 cup honey
1/4 skim milk

1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg and stir to mix well. Add banana, honey and milk and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

2. Coat an 8 by 4 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread mixture evenly in the pan and bake @ 325 for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

3. Remove bread from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Invert the loaf on a wire rack, turn right side up and let cool before slicing and serving.

Nutritional Facts:
99 Calories, 0 Cholesterol, 0.04 grams fat, 2.1 grams of fiber, 2.5 grams protein.

I have this one tabbed to try soon. I just thought the honey, brown sugar and bananas sounded great!



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