October 2, 2014

Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Since it's already October I know everyone is all like OMG PUMPKIN EVERYTHING but my love for bananas never wavers. 

So last week when I spotted a couple dark brown bananas begging to be eaten, banana bread was exactly what I was craving. I am always saving and pinning banana bread recipes because it's something I can't just get enough of. I used this recipe as a starting point and changed it to so it packed a protein-punch (and to accommodate what I had on hand!). It came out super moist, sweet, and delicious. 

Somehow my boyfriend and I made a whole loaf disappear in a matter of days. 

The only question now is when I'm going to get my hands on some overripe bananas to make it again. 

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Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 

(adapted from Skinny Mom)

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (I mashed them in a little bowl using a fork.)
  • 4 oz natural applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup whole wheat white flour
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla protein powder (I used Vega but use whatever brand you like. You can also substitute 1/2 cup more of flour instead.)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar (regular sugar works)
  • 1/4 cup baking Stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chocolate chips 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 
  3.  In another bowl cream butter, applesauce, vanilla, brown sugar, and Stevia.
  4. Add egg whites and mashed bananas to wet ingredients bowl and beat with a mixer on medium speed for 2-3 minutes.
  5. In a separate larger bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, protein powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. 
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together until blended-be careful not to over mix! 
  7. Gently stir in chocolate chips to the mix.
  8. Transfer the mixture evenly into the loaf pan. 
  9. Bake for 35-45 minutes until a fork inserted in the middle of bread loaf comes out clean.

I sliced the loaf into 10 pieces after it cooled and then immediately enjoyed a slice while the chocolate chips were still gooey. 

Protein Packed Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It's perfect topped with nut butter as a snack or for breakfast!

What's your favorite way to use ripe bananas? Do you have a favorite banana bread recipe?

(This recipe was shared here, here, and here). 

22 comments:

  1. Yummy! Sounds great! I love banana bread too, and if this is protein packed, even better!

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    1. I just tell myself I'm getting protein when I eat it :)

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  2. Yum!! I love banana bread...I just need to get some protein powder for this recipe!

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    1. You could always sub more flour or just buy a single serving packet of protein to make the bread!

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  3. Yum! This looks absolutely delicious!! Good thing I have some browning bananas in my kitchen right now!!

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  4. I am thinking I might have to let the bananas I have sit for a couple of days!!

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    1. Definitely-if you keep them in a closed bag they will ripen faster :)

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  5. excuse you, this sounds delicious! can we just put chocolate chips in everything?

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    1. I know, right? I always have a bag of mini chocolate chips because they are literally great on everything. Or just out of the bag :)

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  6. I looooove banana bread - I'm going to have to try this next time I have some leftover naners.

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  7. do you think you could sub oat flour for the flour?

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    1. Hi yes definitely! The texture might be a little different, but I'm sure it would work!

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  8. This looks so good! And I happen to have 3 very ripe 'nanners...

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  9. Oh I love banana bread! A warm slice with hot coffee is heavenly.

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  10. Yum I love the idea of adding some protein to banana bread. I bet this would make delicious banana protein muffins, too! Sometimes I make single-serve banana bread in a mug mmm :)

    Love your blog name, by the way!

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  11. Yum!!! Thanks for linking up to #RECIPEFRIDAY :)

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