Monday, June 10, 2013

healthy banana bread & a bananas foster glaze

I'm pretty sure banana bread is the easiest thing to bake. It's the easiest things that are the easiest to tweak into healthy things! This banana bread uses a small amount of oil, apple juice, and greek yogurt as an alternative to any butter. You can leave off the bananas foster glaze if you're trying to be even healthier!

Ingredients (makes 2 loaves):
Banana bread:
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup apple juice
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 oz greek yogurt
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Bananas foster glaze:
1/4 cup rum
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tbs butter
1 tbs cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Mix oil, apple juice, white & brown sugars until well-blended.

2. Add mashed bananas, vanilla, and greek yogurt. Mix until smooth.

3. Add in flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until no lumps remain. Pour into lightly greased loaf pans and pop into preheated oven for 1 hour, checking often towards the end.

4. Meanwhile make the glaze: combine the rum, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon over medium-high heat to bring to a simmer. Eventually the heat will ignite the rum, let burn down with the hood on to cook off the rum and fully mix all components.

5. Remove the loaves from the oven when fully cooked. If glazing, poke many little holes in the loaves with a cake tester. Add the powdered sugar to the glaze mixture, whisk to fully mix, and pour over loaves. Let glaze set until loaves are cool (around 2 hours).
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  1. Is there something that I can use instead of rum? We do not drink and so I would not have that in the house. Or what about just not adding a glaze? Is it still good without?

  2. absolutely! it's still delicious without the glaze! you could also do a quick cinnamon glaze: mix 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 2 tbs milk and let it set before pouring over the bread

  3. Great thanks so much cant wait to try it.

  4. Light or dark rum? Or does it matter?