Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Loaves

Well food lovers, sorry I've been gone for a couple of weeks on a cooking hiatus. I have been BUSY, which is an understatement, moving into my new house. The curtains are hung, the boxes are surely being eliminated and put away piece by piece, and as we get settled and make this house a home, I feel inclined to get back to what I love the most, cooking. These little loaves are perfect for Valentine's Day as little gifts to friends, or just to snack on in the morning for breakfast. Use mini loaf pans, muffin tins (25 minute cooking time), or even a 9x13 in. large loaf pan (50-60 minute cooking time).


Ingredients:

  • 3  ripe medium bananas
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 oz mini chocolate chips
  • Smart Balance baking spray

Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a non-stick loaf pan with cooking spray.

Mash bananas in a bowl, set aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce, vanilla; beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.


Add flour mixture, then blend at low speed until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Do not over mix.


Pour batter into muffin pan; bake on the center rack for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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