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October 19, 2012

Banana Bread Pound Cake

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It's starting to get chilly outside, and I'm not a big fan.  I like when you can run out the door without thinking, oh crap, I left my jacket inside!  Especially since I find myself running out the door a lot.  Cold weather inadvertently reminds me of comfort food.  Food that you can snuggle up with on the couch in a comfy robe.  My comfort food?  Banana Bread.

Banana Bread and I go way back, I talked about it on the first post of this blog!  This is one of the few desserts that my entire family likes (even my father, the savory-food-lover, and my sister, who seems to be on the anti-dessert brigade).  Thankfully, this Banana Bread Pound Cake was enjoyed by all, savory- and sweet-lovers!

This Banana Bread Pound Cake is comfort on a plate with a side of healthy  ;)  It is incredibly moist and tender, buttery and sweet, and tastes like it's from a bakery.
After one bite, no one will believe the nutrition stats! (nutrition label below)

Banana Bread Pound Cake:  [low fat, high fiber/protein]
(makes one large loaf)

       240g (2 cups) Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
       48g (1/4 cup) Sucanat (or dry sweetener of choice)
       32g (1/4 cup) Arrowroot Starch (other starches may work)
       30g (6 tbs) Whey Protein Concentrate
       1+1/2 tsp Baking Powder
       1 tsp Baking Soda
       1 tsp Cinnamon
       1/2 tsp Salt
       1/3 cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)

       1+3/4 cups Mashed Banana (4 large bananas with almost black peels)
       227g (1 cup) Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt
       1/2 cup Egg Whites (I used cartoned egg whites)
       42g (2 tbs) Pure Maple Syrup
       28g (2 tbs) Hazelnut Oil (or any other neutral oil)
       4 tsp Stevia Extract
       2 tsp Vanilla Extract
       1 tsp Butter Extract

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9x6" loaf pan** with cooking spray.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients except for the walnuts.
3.  In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
4.  Add the dry to wet and fold gently.  When all the dry seems incorporated, beat the batter with your spatula for 10-20 seconds so there are no more clumps.
5.  Pour into the prepared pan and bake for ~60 minutes, or until edges brown and surface springs back when touched.  Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack.  Slice when cool.

Cake keeps at room temp for 1-2 days, longer than that you should store it in the fridge covered.

1.  I used a 9x5" loaf pan and the batter filled right to the top of the pan...  it started to overflow as it baked so I had to place a cookie sheet on the rack below it to catch the batter "droppings" (oops).  If you use a 9x6" loaf pan you won't have this problem, or if you use a 9x5" pan, just fill it 3/4 and put the rest of the batter in muffin tins.
2.  Want an icing?  Use this one!

(does not include walnuts)

One large slice of this banana bread cake has only 260 calories, 6g of fiber and 11g of protein!  Plus, it's whole grain, refined sugar free and packed with banana flavor.  A guilt free treat?  Totally.


  1. As always, looks delicious!
    I have some questions about this recipe: Could it be made vegan? But I would like it to stay as low fat as possible and high protein - I suppose I could use vegan protein powder, soy yoghurt but I don't know about the egg whites. It's almost pure protein and I'm thinking of a replacement made of liquid and protein powder, but I would like to know a professional's cook opinion.
    By the way, is it possible to use applesauce instead of the oil? Or do you think it would be too dry?

    1. I'm sure this recipe can be made vegan, but I honestly don't know how. This cake took four trials to perfect, so I'm hesitant to give any substitution recommendations. However, if you would like to make the recipe vegan I would use soy protein powder, soy yogurt and Ener-G egg replacer. You can try the applesauce too, in my experience, applesauce is a great oil replacement.
      I'm crossing my fingers these replacements will work!! Please let me know the results :)

  2. I hear ya sister, I absolutely hate the weather getting cold.

    And as always, a wonderful (and inexplicably somehow healthy!) treat :D

  3. This looks delicious! I am OBSESSED WITH bANANA bread! I have over 7 recipes for it on my blog!

  4. Banana bread is great, but I'd love to see some seasonal foods with apple or pumpkin, or maybe a healthy version of a popular Halloween candy.


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