Heart Healthy Banana Bread Recipe
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly coat a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. With a hand mixer, in a bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat about 3 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix until just combined. Add vanilla, sour cream and bananas; mix to combine. Stir in nuts, if using. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let rest in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack to cool completely.
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About This Healthy Recipe
If you’re craving banana bread, you’re going to love this heart healthy banana bread recipe. It’s the perfect way to use up ripe bananas and results in a sweet treat that won’t blow your diet. Not only does this healthy banana bread use less sugar and butter than many popular recipes, but it is made with whole wheat flour and fat-free sour cream so it has lots of texture and taste. Low in sodium, fat and calories, this is a family-friendly recipe that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. Here’s how we lowered the stats while keeping the taste: Lower in Sodium You may not think about sodium when you’re baking, but many baked recipes contain a lot of sodium due to the addition of ingredients like salt, baking powder and baking soda. This is especially true for store-bought products that may use additives to preserve freshness. This low sodium banana bread only uses a half teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking powder, as well as unsalted butter. At only 245mg of sodium per serving, this banana bread recipe can fit into a low sodium diet, whether you’re aiming to keep sodium levels under 2,000mg a day or less. Lower in Fat The butter and eggs in baked goods are what typically contribute to the fat content, among other ingredients. Although this low fat banana bread recipe contains those ingredients, the amount of total and saturated fat is kept in check. That’s because we use ingredients like fat-free sour cream to add moistness in place of some of the fat. When you bake your own treats rather than relying on store-bought cakes, cookies and breads, you are better able to control what the finished product contains. Lower in Calories Banana bread bought in a store, bakery or restaurant can clock in at 400 calories or more per slice. But thanks to the heart healthy changes made in this recipe, you can enjoy this low calorie banana bread for just 171 calories per slice. If you have a few overripe bananas sitting around the house, this may be the perfect way to enjoy a sweet treat without compromising your commitment to healthy eating.