Go Ape with Bananas and Fiber!

Banana Bread loaves make wonderful gifts for the holidays or other special occasions. Our friends Michele and Mike recently welcomed their little girl, Ava, into the world and I made several dinners for them so they could have more time with the family and still have a great dinner.

Of course their other kids got chocolate chip cookies and then for a healthy treat, some banana bread! Wrap up a basket of goodies and deliver it to a new mom you know coming home from the hospital. She will appreciate it so much!

Banana Bran Bread

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup bran flakes, crushed *

1 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas)

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line with wax paper or grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix well. In a small bowl, sift together the dry ingredients of flour, salt, soda, cinnamon and baking soda and set aside. 

Crushed Bran Flakes

*Crunch up the bran flakes in your hand as you add them to the wet ingredients. (2 cups of bran flakes equals 1 cup of crushed) Mash the bananas leaving small bits of banana chunks. Stir bananas into the bran butter mixture alternating with the dry ingredients. Finally, fold in the yogurt, vanilla and nuts. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. 

Ripe Bananas

Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

It’s important to cool bread completely so that the bread will firm up and not be too soft on the inside. Bread can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Once bread is completely cooled, wrap in saran wrap and then in aluminum foil, date it and place in freezer.

Banana Bran Bread
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
2763 calories
461 g
312 g
91 g
48 g
37 g
930 g
2258 g
247 g
2 g
47 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
930g
Yields
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2763
Calories from Fat 781
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 91g
139%
Saturated Fat 37g
184%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 36g
Cholesterol 312mg
104%
Sodium 2258mg
94%
Total Carbohydrates 461g
154%
Dietary Fiber 25g
99%
Sugars 247g
Protein 48g
Vitamin A
58%
Vitamin C
34%
Calcium
73%
Iron
100%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 cup bran flakes, crushed *
  5. 1 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
  6. 1 1/2 cup flour
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp soda
  9. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  10. 2 tsp baking powder
  11. 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
  12. 1 tsp vanilla
  13. 1/2 cup nuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line with wax paper or grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix well. In a small bowl, sift together the dry ingredients of flour, salt, soda, cinnamon and baking soda and set aside.
  3. *Crunch up the bran flakes in your hand as you add them to the wet ingredients. (2 cups of bran flakes equals 1 cup of crushed)
  4. Mash the bananas leaving small bits of banana chunks. Stir bananas into the bran butter mixture alternating with the dry ingredients.
  5. Fold in the yogurt, vanilla and nuts. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. It’s important to cool bread completely so that the bread will firm up and not be too soft on the inside.
Notes
  1. Bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. Once bread is completely cooled, wrap in saran wrap and then in aluminum foil, date it and place in freezer.
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calories
2763
fat
91g
protein
48g
carbs
461g
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