Sunday, May 04, 2008

Hungry Girl Top Banana Bread

I think before writing this post, I should have posted about the magic that is Hungry Girl. To sum things up, it is a magical site, containing a newsletter you should definitely sign up for if you are at all interested in health and nutrition. More information on what Hungry Girl is rather soon, but let's move on to the deliciousness that I am enjoying right this second.

One of my favorite features in the Hungry Girl emails are her food swaps, where she takes foods with disgusting nutritional stats and turns them completely around to make them healthy (and quite delicious!). I knew as soon as I saw this banana bread recipe it was something I wanted to try. I had to buy bananas in really large amounts because I kept eating them so fast I never had any leftovers :)

Hungry Girl Top Banana Bread
1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
1/2 cup no-sugar-added applesauce
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
Optional Toppings: no-calorie spray butter, Cool Whip Free

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine both types of flour, Splenda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon (in other words, all dry ingredients). In a separate bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, egg substitute, applesauce, and vanilla extract (all the wet ingredients). Add this mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients, and stir until just blended. Spoon batter into a large loaf pan (about 9" X 5") sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly, and then cut into 8 slices. If you like, spritz with some spray butter or spread on some Cool Whip Free. MAKES 8 SERVINGS

Nutrition Information
(I doubled the recipe, and used 8 bananas instead of 6)
Serving Size: 5 OZ
Calories: 155
Fat: 1g
Sat Fat: 0g
Poly Fat: 0g
Mono Fat: 0g
Cholestorol: 0m
Sodium: 402mg
Potassium: 334mg
Carbohydrate: 34g
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 5g
Vitamin B-6: 24%
Riboflavin: 22%

It was perfect topped with a few sprays of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. The photo is of a 3 1/2 oz serving.

Here are the stats that Hungry Girl listed for a normal slice of banana bread:

Serving Size: 1 slice
Calories: 326
Fat: 12g
Sodium: 355mg
Carbs: 51g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 30g
Protein: 5g

What a terrific change! I can't wait to give another one of her food swaps a try.


Kelli said...

I'm sure there are tons of things that are amazing about this website, but be careful about what they label as healthy. Margarine is highly controversial as is Splenda and egg substitutes. Not all fats are bad (the cholesterol in eggs is actually good for you and biotin levels are screwed up if you eat egg whites without the yolk, avocados are so good for you, etc). People who ate a certain amount of good fat (in one recent study) lost weight faster than people who didn't eat any. I'll definitely check out the website though!

Jeannie said...

The comment above is very true.

How mean of you to post this on Fast Sunday!! ;)

Megan Smith said...

you make me proud jenna bear. you make me proud. That looks SOOO good!

Jenna said...

kelli-I have a reponse to that comment in the works

jeannie-So sad that I forgot it was fast Sunday last week!

megan-It's a whole new healthy Jenna.

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