We are all looking for more ways to get whole grains into our diet, right? But with all the hype of low carb diets and such, bread is often the first thing cut. Personally, I can’t do it; so I opt for the whole grain variety. There are so many different varieties of whole grain bread out there these days. Everything from English Muffins to bread to tortillas.
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GrainsForYourBrain is a new site that features information on grains and what our bodies need, especially the brain. There are videos and recipes to help you eat smart and get on the right track with eating whole grains. You can even get whole grains in some of your sweeter treats, like this banana bread. I used white whole wheat flour and apple sauce so it is packed with nutrition. The new dietary guidelines recommend 6 servings of grain products each day, with half of those coming from whole grains (breads, cereals, quinoa brown rice etc.). So it is nice when you can sneak them in and no one even knows about it!
- 2 cups over ripe bananas , mashed (4 or 5 bananas)
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 Tbls milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
- In a large bowl mix together mashed bananas, oil, applesauce, sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to the banana mixture. Mix until just combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Remove from oven, and let set for 10 minutes before removing bread from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
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