Weekends are for banana bread in my house. There is something about the smell of freshly baked banana bread that feels so warm and comforting. And since I am usually the first up on Saturday mornings I take the time to bake and use my French press for a good cup of coffee. So by the time my husband and son are up – the house smells like fresh bread and I’ve already enjoyed my coffee in a quiet kitchen. I get some alone time and they have fresh banana bread – we’ll my husband does since my son doesn’t have enough teeth yet.
The below banana bread recipe is actually healthy. The banana and apple sauce replace the need for oil and the butter is cut down to reduce the fat even further. But this bread by no means tastes healthy. And I like to add the espresso powder for some extra flavor.
And on a side note – this is amazing warmed up with some ice cream on top. Just saying!
1 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant expresso powder
3 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 tablespoon butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan.
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and expresso powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and brown sugar together. Add bananas, apple sauce, egg whites and vanilla. Slowly add in flour mixture and almonds. Mix until just combined.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake 45 minutes. The bread will be done if a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.