Thursday, May 2, 2013

Healthy Strawberry and Banana Nut Bread

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Strawberry and banana bread made with avocado and applesauce instead of butter

Once again I've traded in my paint brush for a spatula. I promise I do cook/bake more than once a year. I just don't post everything but occasionally there's something terrific that comes along that I need to share with you all. Like my Camoflauge Cookies from last summer.

Much like my artwork, I don't usually follow instructions when cooking. Below is my... concoction I created from multiple recipes.

Healthy Strawberry Banana Nut Bread
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Ingredients:
~ 3-4 ripe bananas mashed
~ 1 cup sliced strawberries
~ 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce*
~ 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
~ 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
~ 1/2 teaspoon salt
~ 4 tablespoons ripe avocado mashed
~ 1 cup light brown sugar
~ 4 eggs
~ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
~ 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
~ baking spray

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease either two 8x5 inch loaf pans with baking spray or line 2 muffin pans. {Or one of each like I did}

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt with wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream avocado and sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until thick.

Add flour mixture and stir. Mix in strawberries and walnuts. Do not over stir.

Pour batter into loaf pan or muffin pan and bake on center rack. Loaves will require 50 minutes. Muffins only need about 25-30 minutes. {Or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.}

Remove from pan(s) and let cool on wire rack.

* Alternative, use Greek Yogurt in place of the apple sauce. Better yet, use strawberry Greek yogurt!

Slice and ENJOY!

Healthy alternative using whole wheat flour
 The muffins are much easier to grab and run in the morning!
Make muffins for an easy morning breakfast
I also added a bit a flax seed for an extra health kick.

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2 comments:

  1. Hello! Strawberry banana bread. My mouth waters just writing it. I'm definitely going to try this. I came across your blog via the Breaking Rules Party. I'm so glad I did. I'm following you! Please follow me back. If you enjoy my post, please "Like" or leave a comment. I appreciate the support.

    Thank you,

    Vashti

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  2. This gets a 5 YUMS UP!!!!! I am going to try this this weekend! : ) hugs and thanks for sharing with us!

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