Want to have your cake and eat it too? With this banana bread, you totally can. It’s packed with protein, fibre, it’s low in sugar and oil-free. You will feel good eating this for breakfast.
I don’t know about you, but I love banana bread. The only problem is that most recipes out there, while tasty, aren’t very nutritious. Of course, you know me, I love to indulge in tasty and decadent treats. But sometimes, I want to make a recipe healthier so it’s something that I can enjoy more often. That’s why I decided to play around with banana bread and turn it from a tasty treat to a healthy breakfast.
I’m not a baking whiz, in fact, I’m usually quite the opposite but I didn’t let that deter me from trying to experiment with a new recipe. I had no idea how it would turn out. Since usually when you make baking substitutions, often you can end up with a dry, hard brick. But I lucked out on this recipe!
Protein is an important component of meals and snacks because it keeps you full, helps in maintaining lean muscle mass and managing blood sugars. That’s why I wanted to add protein to my banana bread recipe, which I did by including Premier Protein vanilla shake.
Premier Protein shakes can be found vanilla flavour at Costco Canada stores until April 3. They cost $46.99 for a box of 18. While the cost is higher than a bottle of whey protein powder, you have the convenience of not having to mix up your own shakes or dealing with shaker bottles that stink by the time you remember to clean them out! The consistency is creamy and delicious to drink right from the box (or over ice, fancy like I did), plus it worked perfectly in baking.
I “healthified” my banana bread further by using half whole wheat flour and substituting the butter for applesauce. The chocolate chips are of course optional, but Tom wouldn’t hear of banana bread without chocolate chips, so I put them into my recipe.
- 5 bananas, mashed
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/4 cup white flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3/4 cup Premier Protein vanilla shake
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350
- Mash bananas in bowl. Add eggs, protein shake and applesauce. Mix well.
- In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt & chocolate chips. Mix well.
- Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
- Add mixture to greased loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
- One serving contains 220 calories, 6g of fat, 7g protein & 4g fibre.
Do you enjoy protein shakes? Have you ever experimented with substitutions in baking?
Full Disclosure: I received Premier Protein shakes free for review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.