Sunday, December 21, 2014

Classic Banana Bread | Cooking Light Cookbook - Take #1

To read the full Classic Banana Bread recipe click here. This was my first time making this version of Banana Bread.

My Attempt/Success with this Recipe :

Recipe/Ingredients Changes : I'd have loved to make it the way my cookbook stated but 1) I enjoy mixing by hand therefore I don't own a mixer and 2) I didn't have enough ripe bananas as it asked for (I only had 2 bananas) so I added more yogurt in hopes of balancing it out.

  • Instead of 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana I used 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
  • Instead of plain low-fat yogurt all I had to use Dannon Light & Fit Vanilla Flavored Yogurt
  • Instead of just 1/3 cup yogurt I added an additional 1/2 cup Dannon Light & Fit Vanilla Flavored Yogurt

My Family's Verdict :

My Food Critic Hubby's Thoughts : Said it was good ... only really wished that I added nuts into it.

My Thoughts : I liked it but with all that vanilla (because of my yogurt choice) it's more of a Vanilla Banana Bread than actual Banana Bread. I'd have no problem making it this way again.

My 3-year-old Daughter's Thoughts : When I asked her she said, "Yes. I just love some and I finished mine."

My 1-year-old Son : Had no problem eating it up. =0)

Cooking Light : Classic Banana Bread

Classic Banana Bread
Recipe from my Cooking Light Complete Cookbook: A Fresh New Way to Cook

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 1 hr | Other: 10 min

    Ingredients ::
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup butter, softened
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
    • 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 350ᴼ
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
  3. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist.
  4. Spoon batter into an 8 x 4--inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350ᴼ for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Yield: 14 servings (serving size: 1 slice).

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Raw Almond Banana "Ice Cream"

Encase the above post ever disappears here is what Eat Clean. Train Mean. Live Green. wrote: Raw Almond Banana "Ice Cream." All you do is blend up 2 frozen bananas and then add in a tablespoon of raw almond butter (you need to make the almond butter separately.. or purchase it). Either way, blend up 2 frozen bananas with your favorite nut butter of choice (to taste). You can also add in raw cacao powder or nibs to create a chocolate banana nut butter "ice cream." I also love to sprinkle my "ice cream" with unsweetened coconut flakes and chopped nuts. You can literally use frozen bananas to create a wide variety of different flavored "ice creams." Other options include: Cinnamon, sprinkles, vanilla, cherries, vegan chocolate chips, vegan marshmallows, granola, rolled oats, fresh or puréed strawberry..

As of December 7, 2014 :: I have yet to try this but it sounded good enough to share. If you end up trying it please let me know how it turned out!
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