Happy New Year! I thought I would start out the new year with a sugar- and- oil-free banana bread recipe to kick start a healthy year.
I used very ripe bananas for the sugar and substituted unsweetened applesauce for the oil. I added almonds that are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins and protein to give it a little crunch.
I also added ground flaxseed which is high in Omega-3 fatty Acids which can boost heart health and lower triglycerides. I spiced up the banana bread with lots of cinnamon that gives the bread a sweet flavor and cinnamon can lower your cholesterol and improve your blood glucose levels.
I wish everyone joy and happiness in 2012!
3 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup water
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Preheat oven 325 degrees F. Butter a glass loaf pan (5.25 x 9 x 2.75 in) and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix mashed bananas, applesauce and water. In a medium bowl, mix flour, flaxseed, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, almonds, and spices. Add the flour mixture into the banana mixture bowl and blend well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan, Bake for 45 - 50 minutes or when a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes and then remove from pan to finish cooling. Enjoy!