Sunday, August 30, 2009

Chocolate Banana Loaf - Lower Fat

While looking through Allrecipes I found a low fat version of Banana Bread. Of course...I had to try it.

1/3 cup skim milk
1 tsp lemon juice
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Lightly spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan or 16 muffin cups with cooking spray. Stir the skim milk and lemon juice together in a glass measuring cup; let stand until curdled, about 30 minutes. Whisk together the whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; set aside.

Beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in the mashed bananas, the milk mixture, canola oil and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture just until all ingredients are moistened. Pour the batter into the prepared pan or muffin cups.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour for a loaf, or 30 minutes for muffins. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

I found that by the 40 minute mark it was ready to come out of the oven.

Verdict: Low fat - yup. Flavour - not nearly as great as regular banana bread - it definitely needed some fat added to it to give it some moisture. I found it on the dry side although not so dry that it was inedible. I don't think it would be something I'd ever take to a pot luck .

I know it defeats the whole purpose but I just had to add butter to it and then it was pretty ok.


Pam said...

It's too bad it wasn't as tasty as regular bread. It sure looks delicous.

Amy said...

I love banana bread. It's my favorite way to use up bananas that are brown.

Bummer it was a little dry. Pam's right - it sure looks good.

Heather S-G said...

It does look good...but alas, things are just better with butter! (and some things should not be low-fat, LOL)

grace said...

how about a slathering of peanut butter? i think that'd do quite nicely. :)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I'm afraid I would add butter as well Giz, but then I do to most banana breads:D I just love the flavour of "butta".

Juliana said...

Yummie, this banana loaf with chocolate looks delicious!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

It looks delicious but too bad it wasn't as good as you hoped!

noble pig said...

I could use to save some calories.

the twins said...

too bad it didn't turn out how you wanted. it looks great though! i love banana bread with chocolate chips but i've never had chocolate banana bread.

Palidor said...

Yum! It looks delicious.

Treasures By Brenda said...

I have never analyzed the fat content of my recipe for The Best-Ever Banana Bread. It contains 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 1/2 cup sour cream (I use light sour cream) and two eggs. How do you think it fares from a fat point of view? I can certainly vouch for it being delicious.