When I wrote the Banana Cardamon Cupcake post I mentioned that Grumpy was asking for banana bread. It isn't very often that he asks for something specific, so when he does it is so nice. Yes, I said nice. Anyone who loves to cook or bake knows what I mean. When someone wants something that you love to do you are more than happy to oblige!
I knew which banana bread recipe I would make this time. I was going to go with the classic. I had made this recipe from Cooking Light's 5 Star Recipes cookbook when I purchased the book a few years ago. I remember my SIL Heidi loved the bread and I loved it too because it used yogurt in the recipe as the fat
replacement. I added chopped walnuts to the bread so that will change the WW points count if you make that addition.
Classic Banana Bread
from Cooking Light
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
⅓ cup plain low-fat yogurt (see tip)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla. Beat until blended. Add flour mixture, beat at low speed just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8 ½ x 4 ½-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
Per Serving: 14 slices
WW Points per slice: 4