Thursday, 22 April 2010

Low-fat Banana Bread



As I have mentioned in my previous version of banana bread which contained nuts and spices, this one is even a simpler one; a no nuts - no spice version and a cake with full of banana goodness in it. By the way, even if it says banana bread, it's texture and taste is just like that of a cake and not a bread. This recipe is also a low fat one compared to other banana breads around , using only 4 tablespoon of oil than many other cakes! It still was very moist due to mashed bananas in it. I gave half of the bread to my neighbour the day I baked them and they shared it with their guests. She told me all of them liked it and took the recipe from me. So, I share that same recipe here as well. In case you have some bananas lying in the corner crying for help, this fool-proof recipe would sure come handy.



Simple Banana Bread
Ingredients:
1 ¾ cup (250g) all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup (4 Tbsp) vegetable oil
5 Large bananas mashed (1¾ cups)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten with whisk
2 tsp vanilla extract/essence
1 lemon’s rind

Preparation:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place oven rack to middle position. Cover the base and the longer side of a 1 kg loaf pan with a baking paper. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, grated lemon rind, eggs, oil and vanilla. Mix well with a spoon.

4. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients just until combined and the batter is thick. (The important thing is not to over mix the batter. You do not want it smooth. Over mixing the batter will yield tough, rubbery bread). Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake until bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 60 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. This bread can be frozen.

26 comments:

Yummy Team said...

Perfect and delicious banana bread..

Faiza Ali said...

That really looks most like a cake.. yummy and tempting recipe.
If I have to wait for the bananas to lay in the corner crying...then i would never be able to make this bread...Coz all 3 of us a banana lovers and we finish them, even before they get completely ripened ;-) If I have to make something yummy like this, I guess I have to hide the bananas :D

simply.food said...

Banana bread looks yummy and delicious.Very moist too.

miri goes phishing! said...

Hi Shabs...the slices look really nice....my first baking project was a banana bread....n' when i read your healthier version i had to check out what was the difference...i see you have used half the oil i used n' increased the number of bananas used...i'll surely try this version soon...thanks...;)

miri goes phishing! said...

Hi Shabs...the slices look really nice....my first baking project was a banana bread....n' when i read your healthier version i had to check out what was the difference...i see you have used half the oil i used n' increased the number of bananas used...i'll surely try this version soon...thanks...;)

Subhie Arun said...

i lov banana bread..urs looks truly delicious n inviting!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Great bread! I guess the lemon rind adds an extra zing to the bread.

Priya said...

Such a scrumptious bread slices, looks yumm..

Pavithra said...

Looks awesome..surely will try this low fat version next time. Becos I often do this.

Life is beautiful!!! said...

I agree that it is low fat...but don"t you think it is super high in cabs....sorry the dietician in me :) They look beautiful and I am sure the smell of it would have been very inviting :)

PranisKitchen said...

yummy spongy banana bread.nowadays everyone prefers lowfat food..so its good one..thnaks for sharing

An Open Book said...

hey shabs...i am so sceptical about banana bread, cos i once made banana muffins and it just didnt come out well..i should try the bread now and see ..

Shabs.. said...

@yummy team...:)

@FAiza: Lol.....here when the banana gets over ripened, my son doesnt eat them much. My hubby and myself not a big fan ourselves, but in cakes, we love it.

@simplyfood....thanks.

@Miri, yeah banana bread is one simple recipe anyone can make..Like ur recipe, my first banana bread uses double the amount as well....this is just good as that.

@sunhie..thanks for stoping by

@cool lassie, lemon rind put in a slight lemoney smell, and no tartness:)

@priya, thx..

@pavithra, i too do this often when bananas gets over ripe.

@lifeis beautiful....Oops u made me think for a second...as you said, banana and plain flour both are high in carb...So i thought if a little fat goes down, that would be better than high carb-high fat ones...what u think?

praniskitchen...yeah, i guess people started realizing how bad fat is to health....even then people who craves for something sweet,has it and then burn it out in the gym:)

@Open book...I tried 2 muffins before this cake and they came out really unpleasant....I guess it was the oven or i just dono...This is a simple to follow reciep and the result was awesome..

N S said...

Looks perfect. The purple shade looks so beautiful.

Leena said...

Lovely banana bread dear...u can even add other flavours and nuts as well..Very versatile recipe!!

Barbara Bakes said...

We eat a lot of banana bread at our house. Your looks yummy. I like the idea of adding a little lemon zest. I'm sure it brightens the flavor.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I think you probably could reduce the butter in my Chocolate Chocolate Chip bread recipe since the applesauce adds so much moisture. If you do, I'd love to hear how it turns out.

Tan.wiratchada said...

My fav breakfast together with my coffee. Look really delicious! ;)

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww!!.... Wonderful recipe.. looks very tempting... awesome clicks dear!!

Parita said...

Mmmm bread looks yumm..add some choco chips and its divine!

Neetz said...

wow shab...yummiest of all..healthy too :)....i would tried this..but unfortunately dont have an oven with me :(...

hey i tried your kozhi nirachathu..and it turned out superbly...i have posted on mine blog too :)

zareena said...

hi...after a loong time..had tried u'r old version of banana bread n it was just yummy...for sure will try this...

Nithya said...

Looks fantastic.. yummmy.. :) absolutely tempting dear.

And buddy, the header thing that you had asked me was done using photoshop. And for the border alone I use photoscape. :)

RM said...

Hi..Shabs...am an absolute fan of Ria's blog ...and happened on to urs...ur recipes sound so good...and so clear instructions...will try out some and let u know...and must say ..the photos r equally good...Keep up the good work !! Reny.

Shabs.. said...

Hi RM, thanks for stopping by and ur beautiful comment:)....Yeah, i too am a fan of ria's blog...she an adorable girl...and a great baker. Let me know if you try any recipes out:)
Regds,
shabs.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Just wanted to check which bananas you use for this recipe??..is it ethapazham??..sorry if sound stupid,am really new to the world of baking :)

Kel

Shabs.. said...

Hi kel...
I use cheru pazham, the normal banana.....If u are in the gulf u wud be knowing the long chicquita ones....it's teh same ones..... not the yellow ethappazham or plantain. It is not stupid at all:)

Regards,
shabs.

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