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Peanut Butter & Banana Whole Wheat Quick Bread Recipe

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Let’s turn a favorite childhood sandwich, peanut butter and banana, into a whole wheat quick bread for a tasty snack or easy breakfast. This low-fat bread gets its moisture from Greek yogurt and mashed bananas.

At the risk of completely embarrassing my husband and myself, and possibly subjecting ourselves to much finger-pointing and snickering, I thought I would entertain you with a family Halloween photo. Our younger son (T) was our caped crusader, protecting us from crime and wrongdoing, while our elder son (M) freaked out everyone in his path (including his own mother when he silently stole into my room at nighttime).

We heard all the jokes yesterday: “Hey, why aren’t your kids dressed up as relish and mayo?”, “I guess we better not squeeze you too hard” and “Ooo, get on my hamburger.” You have to hand it to our kids…they managed not to be completely mortified by the presence of their parents.

Trick-or-treating lasted a record 2 1/2 hours last night, and the kids had a ball sprinting from house to house, with the occasional rest break to rummage through their bags and snack on a piece of candy…or five. When we got home, my husband and I collapsed on the couch and watch the kids count and categorize their candy (chocolate bars, gummy candies, gum, lollipops…) It was a success!

Now, let’s move on to this quick bread. I found a recipe on the Cooking Light site, then immediately set about making it lower in fat and sugar and higher in fiber than the original. A few changes I made were changing the all-purpose flour to whole wheat pastry flour, substituting canola oil for butter, reducing the sugar, and increasing the bananas. I also left off the glaze that they used on top of the bread.

The result? A very moist and tender bread, rich with the flavors of peanut butter and banana. The sweetness was just right and I didn’t miss the glaze at all.

This would be perfect as an after school snack, or as an easy breakfast on a busy morning.

The recipe:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl, with a hand mixer), combine the mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, peanut butter and canola oil. Mix on medium speed until combined.

Add the granulated and brown sugars, and mix again until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, ground flax seed, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture to the banana mixture. Beat until just combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Tap the pan sharply two times on the counter to get rid of any air bubbles.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, approximately 1 hour. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Serve.

Other whole wheat quick bread or muffin recipes:

Banana Blueberry Muffins
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins
Lemon, Yogurt Berry & Ginger Whole Wheat Quick Bread

Peanut Butter & Banana Whole Wheat Quick Bread Recipe

This whole wheat quick bread turns a favorite childhood sandwich, peanut butter and banana, into a low-fat snack or easy breakfast.

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Course: Breads, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Whole Wheat Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Slices (1 Loaf)
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Dara Michalski | Cookin’ Canuck

Ingredients

  • 4 medium ripe bananas well mashed
  • 1/3 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed flax meal
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl, with a hand mixer), combine the mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, peanut butter and canola oil. Mix on medium speed until combined.
  • Add the granulated and brown sugars, and mix again until combined.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, ground flax seed, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture to the banana mixture. Beat until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Tap the pan sharply two times on the counter to get rid of any air bubbles.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, approximately 1 hour. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Serve.

Notes

Inspired by a Cooking Light Magazine recipe

Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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