Although I’ve been eating healthier for the better part of eight months, you might not have been able to tell that by the recipes I’ve been posting. I figured it was about time I get to it and share some more of the low-calorie love. We all need balance, and I’d say after my last brownie post, you’re due something a little on the lighter side.
I wanted to participate in this week’s BSI (blogger secret ingredient) contest, this week’s ingredient being yogurt, so I dug my container out of the fridge and decided to whip something up with the bananas that were rotting on the counter. (Bananas that are nearly rotten give the best flavor for banana bread!) I’ve also been experimenting with baking with Truvia and have had good results when combining it with a little sugar in recipes, so I decided to do that here too. Thus this delightful bread was born!
This is a moist loaf with a wonderfully sweet banana flavor. The chocolate chips are a nice little bonus. Though it doesn’t quite compare to my favorite banana bread, it is still really delicious and I didn’t feel the least bit guilty about having two slices for lunch, spread with a thin schmear of peanut butter (my favorite way to eat this bread)!
This would be a good recipe to turn into muffins, and it would be easier to get even portion sizes that way too. Plus, you wouldn’t have to bake them as long, which translates to a center that’s even more moist!
V’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup Truvia
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups mashed overripe banana (about 3-4 bananas)
½ cup plain fat-free yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9” loaf pan with cooking oil and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk to combine. In another bowl, mix wet ingredients. Add wet to dry, stirring until nearly mixed, then fold in the chocolate chips. Bake 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Makes 1 loaf, 12 slices. Per slice: 155 calories; 2.6 g fat; 35.6 mg cholesterol; 113 mg sodium; 32 g carbohydrates; 1.4 g fiber; 4 g protein