I realized today that I had some bananas that were getting really brown and nasty. As I was going to throw them away, it dawned on me that I could make banana bread with them! I've never made banana bread before, so I went searching for a recipe. By some miracle, I had all of the ingredients on hand (which NEVER happens to me), so I thought, why not? Let's give it a whirl. It came out pretty darn good! Here's the recipe that I used - I kind of combined elements of a few different recipes that I found online to make my own recipe.
Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
2 cups flour (you can use white or wheat flour - I had both on hand, so I used 1 cup of each)
3/4 cup Splenda (you can use sugar, but the Splenda will reduce the calorie count a good bit)
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup applesauce (this is where you really cut down on the fat, since you don't use oil)
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pan.
Mix dry ingredients in one bowl.
Mix wet ingredients in one bowl.
Combine the liquid mixture with the dry ingredients. Stir well.
Pour batter into greased loaf pan.
Bake for 50-55 minutes. Use toothpick to ensure it is done (toothpick should come out clean).
Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Use knife to separate the loaf from the pan before transferring to a plate.
Slice and enjoy!
I put some "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" on my slice, and it was quite tasty! I'll definitely be making this again!