4 Tricks for Healthy, Delicious Banana Bread

4 Tricks for Healthy, Delicious Banana Bread
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4 Tricks for Healthy, Delicious Banana Bread

1. Use Less Sugar

Add as little sugar as possible. This means packing as many naturally sweet and creamy bananas into the bread. When it comes to choosing sugar, go for light or dark brown sugar: brown sugar adds a deeper, more caramel-like flavor to my bread than granulated sugar, which has a less nuanced flavor.

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2. Replace All-Purpose Flour with Whole-Wheat Flour

You can replace at least half of the all-purpose flour in a recipe with whole-wheat flour. I tend to do a one-to-one swap, using whole-wheat flour in place of the amount of all-purpose flour called for.

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3. Add Healthy Fruit and Nuts

Mix in different kinds of fruit and nuts to your bread to add texture, flavor and health benefits. When it comes to fruit, I love the taste of tart, plump blueberries. I will add as much as 1 1/2 cups of blueberries and 1/2 cup of toasted, roughly chopped walnuts to the batter.

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4. Use Less Butter and More Buttermilk

By using a combination of 1 cup of nonfat buttermilk plus 2 tablespoons of canola oil, you can get away with almost no butter. Buttermilk also helps keep your bread moist as it bakes.

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By: Emily McKenna

Over the years I have perfected my banana bread recipe—one of my favorite solutions for using overripe bananas. I use all whole-grain flour or whole-grain flour mixed with white all-purpose flour, and rely as much as I can on the natural sweetness of the bananas to cut the total amount of granulated sugar called for in the recipe. I also like to roughly mash, or chop, my bananas so that there are big chunks of fruit to bite into. I always throw in a handful of toasted chopped walnuts and sometimes I'll add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg and a handful of dark chocolate chips.

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