Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
By Robin Plotkin, RD LD and Kylie Held
There is nothing quite like smelling the scent of cinnamon infused banana bread baking on a winter morning. But beware, traditional banana bread recipes are nutritionally more like cake. This recipe adds a twist to make it more nutritious. The secret ingredients: garbanzo bean and oat flour. The garbanzo bean and oat flour add protein and fiber as well as a whole-grain boost. Using mini chocolate chips is a great way to get a little chocolate in every bit without too many extra calories!
Eat a thin slice for breakfast with some low-fat whipped cottage cheese or serve it as a healthier dessert. You may even want to make some mini-loafs and wrap them pretty along with a print-out of the recipe to give as a post-holiday gift.
|1 cup||garbanzo bean flour|
|1 cup||oat flour (oats ground into a flour in a blender)|
|¼ cup||brown sugar, packed|
|2 teaspoons||baking powder|
|1 cup, slightly heaping||mashed banana|
|¼ cup||maple syrup|
|1 teaspoon||vanilla extract|
|mini chocolate chips|
Method of Preparation
- Preheat oven to 350o F.
- Grease and flour a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and oat flour. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine garbanzo bean flour, oat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, mashed banana, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and combine until all dry ingredients are just moistened.
- Fold in mini chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into greased/floured loaf pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the bread is golden brown.
- Allow bread to cool for 15 minutes in the loaf pan before removing from the pan and placing on a cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield and Servings
Yield: 1 loaf (12-slices)
Serving Size: 1 slice
Calories 152, Protein 5.0 g, Carbohydrates 27 g, Total fat 3.0 g, Cholesterol 35 mg, Sodium 193 mg, Sugars 13 g, Fiber 3.0 g