Hearty Banana Nib Bread
by TammyJo Eckhart, PhD
4 very ripe bananas, peeled then cut into 1 inch pieces
3 T egg whites
1/2 C Vita Labs Cacao Nibs*
7 T Splenda Sugar Blend*
1/4 C unsweetened applesauce
1.5 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C old fashioned oats
1/2 T baking soda
1/2 T baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 T skim milk + 1/2 tsp lime juice
1. Move the rack of your oven into the center position then preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or use no-stick spray on the inside bottom and edges of a standard size bread loaf pan.
2. Beat together banana pieces, sugar blend, applesauce, egg whites, vanilla extract, milk, and lime juice. The wet mixture will still be slightly lumpy from the bananas that do not need to be liquefied for the best texture of the best. I use a stand alone electric mixer but use whatever you have.
3. Blend in flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until all of the dry ingredient are wet and you cannot pick out any of them except the oat grains. Mix in the cacao nibs.
4. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan.
5. Place in the center of your oven for 52-60 minutes; mine only required 52 minutes. Check with a toothpick to make sure the bread is done; toothpick inserted into center of bread should come out dry.
6. Set loaf pan on its side on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Then dump bread out onto wire rack to finish cooling. In about an hour you should be able to cut the loaf into slices.
I cut this loaf into 12 slices then halved them so I had 24 slice. Each slice has 81 calories. If you use other ingredients such as cane or beet sugar and whole eggs, then you will have more calories.
So tell me. What homemade bread are you making today?