Thursday, February 9, 2012

Healthy Banana Bread


i made this banana cake or quick bread using my homemade granola. okay, this is not the very soft or fluffy type of banana cake that we're always thinking of. It's moist and a little dense and packed with wholesome goodness.  One thing good about this recipe is that there's no oil and butter in it! Yes, no butter or oil . Do not have the impression that when there's no butter or oil in cakes, it's not going to be nice. No. I read about some of the good reviews that those who tried the cake, substituted the oil with yogurt and me too wanted to try that. Good old banana cake and nice flavour! I believe the whipping of the egg whites do contribute to the tenderness of the cake. I used 4 bananas instead as i find  my wet ingredients were a little insufficient to fold into the dry ingredients. Now dont tell me you feel guilty eating this :-D



Recipe ( from Joy the baker, with slight changes )
baked in a 9"x4"x3" loaf tin
Ingredients:
156 gm all purpose flour ( i used cake flour)
1/2 cup brown sugar ( used 70gm brown sugar)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp canola or walnut oil ( substituted with 4 tsp yogurt)
1 large egg, beaten
2 egg whites
3 large ripe bananas ( i used 4 )
1 cup oats ( substituted with 1 cup homemade granola )

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350F/177C. Grease and flour the loaf pan. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients including the granola/oats and cinnamon.
2. In another bowl, mash the bananas, add oil and whole egg and mix thoroughly.
3.Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Batter will be fairly thick.
4.In a medium sized bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the egg whites till medium stiff peak. Fold the egg whites into the batter in 3 additions.
5. Pour batter into pan and bake for 45-50 minutes until the cake is cooked thoroughly. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Flip out and cool on a wire rack for another 10 minutes.

* i find it even better when eaten cold.

46 comments:

  1. ya, no guilty at all when eating this banana bread.

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  2. I know it taste good as it looks hahaha One of the best and healthiest banana bread I've seen so far ! Love your sub of homemade granola ;) Yummy photos , too !

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  3. Eh, I bought walnut oil in Tesco the other day.
    Haven't try out yet.

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  4. At first glance, it looks like carrot cake. Bananas bread must be really healthy and yummy. Thanks for encouragement, but I haven't got an oven yet.

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  5. Got to cut down my weight after CNY!!
    This cake "ngam" me!! Bookmarked~

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  6. This does not look like it has got no oil! Look so moist! Definitely will be guilt-free when reaching for a second piece! Well done, Lena!

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  7. Coincidentally I baked a banana cake today too! But mine has all the butter & sour cream, lol! Guess I should of healthier version like yours next time. Love that chunky texture of your cake. ��

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  8. Nope I won't feel guilty enjoying this. In fact I keep the whole loaf for myself...hehehe...

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  9. Banana is my favourite fruit~ I usually get banana crave from bakery (baking skill still sucks, so have to seek non-healthier version) and the most I can come up with a banana is .... *jeng jeng jeng* banana cut and topped on ice-cream = banana ice-cream.

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  10. Waaa..very healthy but nobody will eat this except me because there are bananas in it and my boys do not like anything with bananas! Sigh!

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  11. Indeed it looks very healthy.. :)

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  12. Lena....I am going to like this for sure...healthy , no butter or oil. Just yogurt...Perfect for me :) I will try this out soon and will let you know how much I love it :)

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  13. ohh, this is healthy enough...banana bread is always one of my favorite, i can eat a lot...:)

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  14. healthy and look Yummy indeed.. thx for sharing with us :)

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  15. What a great idea to sprinkle the granola on the banana cake ^_^

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  16. Te ha quedado de maravilla, que pinta!!
    Un besito!
    http://janakitchen.blogspot.com

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  17. Great! Something healthy after all the feast during CNY. This looks perfect for the kids breakfast.
    Hope you're having a lovely evening, Lena.
    Cheers
    Kristy

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  18. Healthy choice, great way to start the day. Looks good! Btw, I wanna share my blog award with you, i know i might not be the first one sharing this with you but it's a little gesture from me to thank you for all the kindness and support for my blog :)

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  19. I like this kind of quick bread. Lovely photos.

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  20. I love a good old banana cake when I want to eat something sweet in the morning. Great way to use granolas, haven't though that. Have a nice day, Lena!

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  21. This banana bread looks just amazing! Nice presentation too!

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  22. Hi Lena, your banana bread look good. A healthy version after indulge in CNY feast, LOL
    Have a nice day.

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  23. Hi lena:)
    Oh my god, your bread is perfect, rich in fiber and it will taste delicious. Your photos are wonderful, congratulations.
    Kisses, have a nice day.

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  24. Wow, full of grains, my fave! Gonna keep the recipe 4 sure, thx!

    Thx for your warm thoughts, missed u too!

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  25. This is definitely healthy especially without any oil in at all. No guilt eating it at all :)

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  26. Lena, this banana bread looks great, love the color and the granola in it...must taste so good.
    Would love to have a slice of it with a cup of coffee :)
    Hope you are having a great week!

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  27. We sure need a lot of healthy desserts like this one after all the overeating during Chinese New Year :D Can't believe there's no oil/butter in it. It must be very filling even with a slice. I would love it with a cup of milk....mmmm. Hope you had a wonderful time during Chinese New Year. I can just imagine all the noisy firecrackers and smoke. It's very quiet here but I enjoyed all my house parties with friends. Have to create some CNY mood :D

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  28. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesFebruary 10, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Healthy choice and it's a good start after CNY.

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  29. Am loving this … I made a banana cake the other day, a rather classic recipe but too replacing canola oil for butter. Have been experimenting healthier version using less sugar, less oil and like adding nuts and seeds too.

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  30. such a healthy bake. do your girls like them? i bet they bring lots of good food to school huh?

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  31. btw, did you have fun last weekend? i was blog-hopping to one of the foodie blog and happened to catch a glimpse of you in one of the photos of the gathering :P you stayed overnight or not?

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  32. boleh cuba ni.bagus untuk orang yang sedang mengawal berat badan:)

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  34. A beautiful and healthy loaf. Bet it tastes even better than it looks!

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  35. My kind of loaf for sure!! Bookmarked!

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  36. Should be a power "bar" after a workout session!

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  37. Love the second pic with the oven mitt - such a nice contrast to the tin of banana bread. I can almost smell it...

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  38. Can you believe it?I admit that I have never tried banana bread!Your mouthwatering photos though make me wanna try it!Kisses,dear!

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  39. lena, aunty nak try buat homemade granola tapi tak jumpa maple syrup...mana nak beli? boleh tukar dengan benda lain tak yang sesuai untuknya?
    golden syrup tu boleh tak?

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  40. Thanks everyone for dropping by! one thing , i also find this banana bread quite filling too, maybe due to the grains!

    @wendy: i also saw that. mainly used for cooking, like grapeseed oil, is it?

    @sheoh yan: you can buy a small oven to start but once you're into baking, dont be surprised you will going to end up buying more and more stuffs!!

    @ barb: yeah, had a great time. I didnt stay a night, came back on the same day.

    @marymoh: hope you had a nice cny too! you must be so busy with your restaurant and parties!

    @kenny: me too and i like the wood alike background.

    @ queenie: kak, maple syrup boelh beli dekat jusco or bakery ingrediets. I'm not sure abt substituting it with golden syrup, maybe you would like to try that..otherwise you can add in 1 tbsp more of honey and 2-3 tbsp of brown sugar.

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  41. Oh yes, I definitely like the wood background too - especially the wood grain textures.

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  42. Hi Lena, I bet your kitchen has a most wonderful scent everyday, anytime with your outstanding cake creations.
    And this banana cake sure looks like a 5 pieces disappearing if invited, ha ha.
    Lena....in a way, I am glad I did not cross paths with you, besides you still very young then long ago, or I would have lost my Bachelor's degree too early, ha ha ha.
    Have a nice day. Stay beautiful.
    Lee.

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  43. love banana breads and somehow never did get to making it myself. yours looks yummy...and i can imagine it with a thick spread of crunchy peanut butter:D

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  44. I have to admit I never tried to bake a banana bread before. I am going to do it tomorrow with my daughters. Thanks.

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  45. hi Lena, this is indeed a healthy recipe for banana bread :)

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