Carb Watching Banana Bread Recipe

Carb Watching Banana Bread Recipe

Two Bad Bananas Don’t Spoil the Bunch

by Chef Robin White

In our house everyone eats bananas. Every once in a while a couple get left behind. They take on this very unattractive look. Their black spots and mushy mouthful are plain old yucky. Their next stop usually is the trash.

But. because we are forever watching the carbs and weight around here (and we LOVE sweets) I began to look at that sweet mushy banana that is rich in iron, potassium, magnesium and fiber a little a little more seriously and came up with a fabulous recipe for Banana Bread.  It is the perfect way to use otherwise bad bananas.  I like serving this to my family for tea or even as part of Sunday Brunch.

photo credit to: Offbeat & Inspired.com who hates throwing away food, too!  They used their bad bananas for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

Chef Robin’s Carb Watching Banana Bread Recipe

The secret is here to handle the batter very little. When its moistened it is ready to go. if you beat it to much it will be doughy and tough.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of mashed banana or about 2 whole depending on size
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil or melted butter (for those not watching it)
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts or pecans, can be left out is you want

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan

2. In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and ginger

3. In a stand mixer combine the bananas, eggs, sugar, and oil and mix that together for about 15 seconds to blend

4. Add the flour mixture all at once to wet ingredients and blend for another 15 seconds. This part goes fast, blend until just incorporated, batter should be lumpy.

5. Fold in the nuts with a spatula.

6. Put batter in the pan and bake for 55-60 minutes.

7. Check break with a toothpick or a wooden skewer to be sure the center is done. set on a wire rack for 10 minutes and let cool. Remove the bread from the pan to cool the rest of the way.

Perfect with tea, coffee, brunch… enjoy!!!

 

Feel free to experiment with this bread.  Blueberries and coconut, chocolate chips, raspberries, mango and fresh ginger are always a nice touch to any banana bread.   Just remember that they will add the carbs and sugar content goes up.  If your not watching your diet – it go for it!

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