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How to Make Banana Bread Healthier

EatingWell's Jessie Price shows you how to bake healthy banana bread by substituting whole-wheat flour for all-purpose flour in a healthy banana bread recipe. The healthy baking techniques she shares can help you bake healthy cakes, healthy cupcakes, healthy muffins and healthy pies as well.

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Hi, I'm Jessie. I'm here in the EatingWell Test Kitchen and today I'm going to show you how to add whole grains to your baked goods. I am making a quick bread, a banana-walnut- chocolate-chip quick bread. I have whole-wheat pastry flour here. You can find this in most well-stocked supermarkets, but in this case you could also use regular whole-wheat flour. That would be fine. The deal with this is that it hasn't had the healthy bran and germ stripped from it. That's where all the fiber and the nutrients are. So I use that. And then I blend it with all-purpose flour. This is refined flour, but the idea is that this is a way to ease into the whole grains. So add to that baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Whisk it all together until it's combined. Then the wet ingredients: eggs, brown sugar, buttermilk, vanilla and just a couple of tablespoons of melted butter and canola oil. Now butter is high in saturated fat but it has great flavor so we just use a little bit of that. And then we cut it with heart-healthy canola oil which is low in saturated fat. Mix those wet ingredients together. When that's done, make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients. Add your wet ingredients to that. Mix it together until it's just combined, but don't overmix it because that will give you a tough baked good. And then add in your chunked-up bananas, walnuts and chocolate chips. Stir those all together until they're totally combined and that's your batter. Then transfer to your greased loaf pan. You could also use a muffin tin if you want to. Put it in the oven. Bake it about an hour and ten minutes, until it springs back when you touch the top. And that's it. You've got delicious, amazing, fresh banana-chocolate-chip bread and guess what you've saved: 300 calories and 17 grams of fat per serving compared to a traditional one. For this recipe and more like it go to eatingwell.com.