Friday, September 7, 2012

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread slices with title

Story of my life here:  I went to the grocery store last Sunday with great plans to drink a green smoothie every morning for breakfast.  So I bought a bunch of 5 bananas.  Friday rolls around and I haven't had one smoothie all week (there is something about running the blender at 6:15am that just doesn't sit well with me); and now the eternal question:  Do I save the bananas in the hopes of making banana bread sometime soon or do I bite the bullet and throw them out?

If you're with me in this and pondering what you should do with those dang bananas, save them and make this Skinny Coconut Banana Bread sometime soon!  If they aren't too far gone, you can throw them in the fridge and buy yourself a couple more days before they get super mushy and yucky.  I've also heard you can mash the bananas and then freeze them?  I'm not a fan of freezer bananas, so attempt at your own risk.

Anywho, when you're ready, grab your ingredients and let's get baking!

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread Ingredients

For this bread you'll need:
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 Large ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
  • ¼ cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup light orange juice
First, things first - preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Once you've started your oven, combine all your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda).

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread Dry Ingredients

Then, grab your bananas and mash those suckers.  Mashing bananas is probably the only time I wish for a potato masher.

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread mashed bananas

Once the bananas are all mashed up, add in the brown sugar and vanilla.

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread sugar and bananas

Add in the egg whites and then mix it up.

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread add eggs

Now it's time to add in the oil.  I imagine you could substitute applesauce for the oil to make this recipe even skinnier; but I didn't try it because I am a fraidy-cat and not following recipes makes me nervous.

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread add oil

I can tell you with absolute certainty that my hands NEVER look like that when I'm baking by myself.  They were posing.  My hands are so vain!

Once the oil is in and mixed up, slowly add in the flour and mix until just combined.  It's ok if it's a little lumpy.

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread add flour

My batter looked like this when I was done mixing in the flour:

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread - batter

Next up is the Greek yogurt and OJ.

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread - OJ and yogurt

The recipe says if you like dense bread to omit the milk.  I added one tablespoon of coconut milk; and if I make this again, I will add the second tablespoon.  This bread comes out VERY dense.  As in, you could probably use it as a blanket dense.

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread coconut milk

Now all that's left is the coconut.  Measure out a half a cup of coconut and then fold it into the batter.  If you like nuts, you could add those in at this point too.

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread - coconut

It's go time!  Pour the batter into a 9x5 loaf pan and top it with coconut.  The recipe says two tablespoons, but no one's counting.

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread - batter in pan with coconut topping

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.   

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread - baked loaf

Do yourself a favor, while this bread is still warm, cut yourself a piece and put a little spray butter on it.  It's fantastic.  And at roughly 100 calories per slice, it's pretty much guilt free.  Dude, it's got bananas in it, that means it can't be bad for you, right?

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread - cut slices on plate

Now, word of warning, do NOT leave this bread unattended on the counter while it's cooling.  If you do happen to run downstairs for 15 seconds to get a roll of paper towels from the laundry room, you may come back upstairs and find this -

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread - missing bites

And when you turn around you will see this guilty (defiant?) face -

Skinny Coconut Banana Bread - the bread thief

Background Noise for This Project:  Parks & Recreation, Season 3:  Episode 12:  Eagleton and 13: The Fight

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