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Banana Bread

By Sophie Pachella

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1⁄2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) package low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar / 1/2 cup sugar substitute (note – you can double the amount of sugar and not use substitute if preferred)
  • 1 4 ounce carton egg replacement (or 4 egg whites)
  • 2 large bananas mashed (very ripe is best)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
  • 1⁄4 cup crushed walnuts (optional)

Preparation:

Mix the oil, apple sauce and cream cheese together in a blender. Gradually add the sugar & sugar substitute, and continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and bananas and vanilla. Transfer to a bowl. Add flour, baking powder, and soda;& cinnamon, then mix until batter is just moist. Sprinkle walnuts on top (if using). Pour batter into loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until an inserted finger comes out clean — just kidding, use a knife.