Sweet Home Alabanana Banana Bread

It has been a while since I posted a recipe. It’s not like I stopped cooking or anything like that. Life has just gotten busy with Amina, who will be turning 9 months, Insh’Allah, soon. It’s also challenging to cook or bake with Amina because she wants to see EVERYTHING that’s going on and she always wants to see Mommy in her line of sight.  I put her in her high chair but she only lasts there for a little while before she gets bored or irritated.  Ahh the life of a Mommy.

The recipe that I’m going to share with you comes from Janet and Greta Podleski’s cookbook The Looney Spoons. I purchased this cookbook after watching Janet’s and Greta’s shows on Food Network Canada because I loved how the sisters were able to adapt high fat and high calorie foods into healthier options.  One recipe I decided to try is called Sweet Home Alabanana. In short, it’s a banana bread recipe.

Sweet Home Alabanana Bread 

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1 3/4 cups white whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup oat bran

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups ripe bananas, mashed (about 4 medium or 3 large bananas)

3/4 cup lowfat plain yogurt

2 eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

2 tbsp butter, melted

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup pecan or walnut pieces

1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, oat bran, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well and set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together bananas, yogurt, eggs, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla until well blended.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips. Do not overmix.

Pour batter into pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of loaf comes out clean.  Cool loaf in pan for 10 minutes and cool completely on rack.

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