This $H*T is Bananas! (WW 3 pts)
B-A-N-A-N-A-S! 🍌 I could do a whole ode on my love of bananas. In fact, in my household (husband, toddler, live in mother), we could easily go through four bananas a day. One day, my little monster had two bananas because my mother and myself were eating one at different times.
During this pandemic, it has been a difficult feat to purchase a sufficient amount of bananas. One day, I intentionally bought way more than we needed so I could make banana bread. Other days, I am forced to plan my grocery store trip around the untimely end of our produce (read: bananas). We are bananas about bananas. (Hey, @Chiquita, need a new face as a sponsor?)
Here is a catch, though: my mother is on weight watchers so for her sake, I try to make it weight watchers friendly. Inevitably, this benefits me too as I am pretty much permanently on a quest to eat better/workout more/lose weight. So I am cautious, but this recipe is easy to tweak to add back your full fat products for maximum deliciousness.
MoodieMama's Banana bread: WW friendly
Yummy dessert made with the best fruit ever: BANANAS! Each slice is about 3-5 points depending on which adjustments you make.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45-55 mins
Total Time: 70 mins
Keyword: Banana, bread, pandemic baking, weight watchers, healthy eating, sweets, WW
1 cup applesauce WW
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
3 bananas, very to over ripe
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
Optional for a streusel-like topping:
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Blend the applesauce and sugars together for 2 minutes (about once every minute, I scraped the bowl to make sure it mixed incorporated).
Add the eggs, one at a time and then add the vanilla.
Add the bananas. You can add them whole or mashed or chopped. Baker's choice!
Add dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda) to batter and blend well.
Pour into a greased pan (I prefer a bundt pan usually).
If you are adding the streusel-like topping, add your cinnamon, walnuts, pecans, and sugars to a bowl and mix. Sprinkle on top of the bread batter and pat down lightly.
Bake for 40-50 minutes at 325°F.
When a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean, take your bread out the oven and let sit for 10 minutes.
DISCLAIMER: When I say 'very to overripe,' here is an example. My bananas were yellow and black-ish. When I peeled them, one was still yellow but one was not. So the one on the right is not good, but the one on the left is perfect 😊