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Banana Bread

Avera Heat-y Banana Bread 

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour 4-6 ripe bananas, mashed
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup skim milk
½ cup ground flaxseed ¾ cup Smart Balance buttery spread
2 tsp baking powder 1 ½ cups sugar
½ tsp salt 2 eggs
½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F

In a medium bowl sift together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, ground flaxseed, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.

Cream together in mixing bowl the Smart Balance spread and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla extract.

Add one third of flour mixture to creamed mixture. Mix until blended.

Mix mashed bananas and milk together. Add one half of this mixture to flour & creamed mixture in mixing bowl. Mix until blended.

Add half of remaining flour mixture to mixing bowl. Mix until blended.

Add remaining banana/milk mixture to mixing bowl. Mix until blended.

Add remaining flour mixture to mixing bowl and mix until blended.

Spray 2 loaf pans with non-stick spray and pour batter into pans evenly. Bake at 350F for 28 to 35 minutes until loaves are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into middle of loaf comes out clean. Let loaves cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from pans. Cut each loaf into 12 slices.

Nutrition Information:

Per slice 178 calories; 6.5 grams fat; 28 grams carbohydrate; 2 grams fiber; 3 grams protein.

Pumpkin Bread

Avera Heart-y Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients:

½ cup whole wheat flour ½ (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup water
⅓ cup ground flaxseed ¼ cup applesauce
¼  tsp baking powder ¾ cups sugar
2 Tbsp Canola oil 2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F

Blend together in a large bowl, whole wheat flour, white flour, ground flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.  Set aside.  Combine oil, sugar, egg, water, pumpkin and applesauce in medium mixing bowl.  Add to dry ingredients and blend.  Pour into a 9” x 5” loaf pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes at 350F or until toothpick comes out clean.  Remove and cool on wire rack. Yields: 10 Slices

Nutrition Information:

188 calories, 5 grams total fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 148mg sodium, 33mg carbohydrate, 0mg cholesterol, 4grams protein, 3 grams fiber.

Cranberry Orange Bread

Avera Cranberry Orange & Oat Bread

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour 1 medium orange, diced with skin
1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup orange juice
1 cup quick cooking oats 3 Tbsp Vegtable oil
1 Tbsp baking powder 1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed 2 eggs
¾ tsp salt 1 ½ cups dried sweetened cranberries
½ tsp baking soda 2 cups hot water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x5- inch loaf pan.

Combine eggs and brown sugar in food processor and process until smooth. Add oil, diced orange. Process until orange is minced. Gradually add orange juice.

Mix oats, both flours, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.  Stir in orange mixture until just blended. Let stand 15 minutes.

Combine cranberries and water in a medium bowl. Let stand 10 minutes. Drain well, shaking off excess liquid.

Fold cranberries into batter. Pour into loaf pan.

Bake 50-55 minutes, until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean.

Cool 15 minutes in pan and remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yeilds: 16 slices

Nutrition Information:

180 calories, 4g fat, 3g protein, 33g carbohydrates, 2.5g fiber, 206mg sodium.

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Avera Lemon Blue Berry Bread

Ingredients:

¾ cups whole wheat flour 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup skim milk
2 Tbsp lemon juice ⅓ cup Smart Balance buttery spread
1 tsp baking powder 1 cup sugar
½ tsp salt 2 eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F

In a mixing bowl, blend together the Smart Balance, sugar, lemon juice and eggs.

Sift together in small bowl: flours, baking powder, salt.

Add mixture to mixing bowl. Mix well.

Add milk to mixture and blend.

Fold in blueberries.

Coat an 8”x 4” x 2” loaf pan with non-stick spray.

Pour batter into loaf pan.

Sprinkle top with raw sugar if desired.

Bake for approximately 60 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Nutrition Information:

140 calories, 2.5 grams protein, 25 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams total fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 1 gram fiber, 146mg sodium.