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Healthy Banana-Walnut Bread

I have always had a hidden indulgence for banana bread and my mom used to make it all the time. However, times have changed a little bit and I love the fact that this bread is made with whole wheat flour. It helps to cut down on the caloric intake and actually makes this bread taste better, but I’ll let you be the judge….please enjoy!

Makes: 1 loaf pan (16-18 slices)

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp banana extract

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 (medium-large bananas) cut into chunks

1/4 cup honey

2 large eggs

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan or 9″ x 5″ loaf pan…..

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In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar…..

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Add the vanilla, baking soda, salt, and bananas, beating until well-combined…..

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The mixture will not be completely smooth….there will be pieces of banana chunks in the batter…..

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Beat in the honey and the eggs…..

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Add the flour…..healthy banana bread & Apex 029

Then the walnuts and stirring with a spoon until smooth…..

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Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top. Let it rest at room temperature for 10 minutes…..

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Bake the bread for 50 minutes, then gently lay a piece of aluminum foil across the top, to prevent from furthur browning and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, then remove the bread from the oven (a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean). Allow the loaf to cool for 10 minutes then remove it from the pan and set it on a rack to cool completely…..

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This recipe is lower in calories….it’s only 175 calories a slice! Please enjoy without the guilt!

Lemon Loaf w/ Lemon Glaze

Mmm, Mmm, Mmm….I love anything that has lemon flavor and this recipe has it all the way! I’m not gonna preach much about what changes I made to this recipe…I’ll let you make it for yourself and you let me know how ya like it! ENJOY!!

Makes:  10 servings

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 eggs, room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp lemon extract

1/2 cup oil

1/3 cup lemon juice

zest of 1 lemon

Directions: 

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour. baking soda, baking powder, and salt…..

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In a medium bowl, combine eggs, sugar, butter…..

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Vanilla extract, lemon extract, and lemon juice…..

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Make sure it is well-blended…..

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Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend well until smooth…..(oops! sorry flash was set on auto)

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Add oil and lemon zest and mix well…..

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Pour into loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (depends on your oven) or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean……

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Remove from oven…..

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Pour glaze (recipe follows) over baked lemon cake and let cool (in pan) on wire rack….

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GLAZE:

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1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp milk (I use 2%)

1/2 tsp lemon extract

Directions:

Pour ingredients into a bowl…..

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Whisk together until all combined…..

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This is the finished product….Mmm!

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