(Skinny) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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I hate when baked goods are advertised as “skinny.”  It’s a baked good! It’s dessert! What is actually skinny about that? Often a few ingredients will be substituted for healthier options (such as egg whites for eggs or an artificial sweetener for white sugar), but does that really make something skinny? I doubt it.

Although I think it’s a scam more than the truth in most cases, bakers of this day and age have found some incredible substitutes for unhealthy baking ingredients.  For example, common supplements include replacing oil with applesauce, yogurt, or tofu! Cool, right?

This loaf of bread is one of those recipes that was originally advertised as “skinny.”  While I cannot fully argue whether or not this bread deserves that title, there are several healthier ingredient substitutes in this recipe than in most.  For example, this bread calls for only 1 tablespoon of butter, no oil, egg whites instead of eggs, and 3 whole bananas! So far so good! This loaf is also really delicious (perk number 2!). Granted, I am a huge fan of the chocolate and banana combination, but even if I wasn’t, I think this loaf of bread is worth a try. So who cares if it’s “skinny” or not? It has chocolate chips and looks delicious. What’s not to love?

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Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 Tablespoon reduced fat butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce OR you can use 1 6 ounce container of low carb yogurt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar (or splenda)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat white flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅓ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 330˚F and spray two medium-sized loaf pans with non-stick baking spray, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the bananas using a large spoon.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together he butter, applesauce, vanilla, and sugars until creamy. Add in the egg whites and mashed bananas, and beat with a mixer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Gently mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, using a whisk, until completely combined. Fold the chocolate chips in and transfer the batter to the two prepared loaf pans.
  5. Bake for 28-32 minutes, or until a fork can be cleanly inserted in the middle. Enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Source: Skinny Mom
  • Store wrapped in aluminum foil to keep fresh.
  •  If you like this recipe, don’t miss these other delicious breads from ‘a rented kitchen!’:

 

5 thoughts on “(Skinny) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  1. Sarah Hoyle says:

    Oh lord. I made banana bread today but was too impatient to let the bananas get very ripe. Result? Gross. Lesson learned. Also- Im still obsessed with your blog. It was so wonderful to see you this summer! 🙂 🙂

    • aresr says:

      Haha oh no! I actually had two green bananas when I made this recipe for the first time, so I baked them on a cookie sheet on 200˚F for about 30 minutes. They softened up and worked perfectly! Now you know, a little tip for next time 🙂
      Miss you friend! I hope our paths cross soon!

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