Tuesday, January 21, 2020

WW Friendly Banana Nut Oatmeal Bread




When I started this weight-loss journey, I was determined to find a way to continue to eat the foods I loved. However, I wasn’t opposed to making those foods friendlier to my new lifestyle.

I now order pizza with thin crust and lots of veggies—and I only eat two pieces! At fast-food restaurants, I’ll get grilled chicken sandwiches instead of burgers. (Though I still eat a burger once in a while!) I only eat 1/4 to 1/2 of the fries, usually sharing them with someone else. And sometimes I skip half the bun by using the lettuce as the top half instead.

I’ve also started tinkering with some of my favorite recipes to lighten them up a bit. This banana bread is one of them. I posted the original recipe here in the early years of this blog.

For this version, I cut the sugar from 1 cup to 1/4 cup, and I cut the butter in half and used Land O’ Lakes light butter. I also added some Greek yogurt and unsweetened applesauce, which makes this bread super moist. If you want a sweeter bread, you could up the sugar to 1/2 cup, but I like this less-sweet recipe instead.

I’m on the My WW Blue plan, so the points for this bread are 6 per slice if you cut it into 8 servings, which is a pretty large slice! Those of you on other plans can load it into the recipe builder to see what you’re tally will be.

I like to toast my piece in the toaster oven and then smear a little light butter on top. Yum!

This is my Kansas City Chiefs side-by-side photo, in honor of them making it to the Super Bowl! The left photo was from October 2018, and the right is from December 2019. A -70 pound difference between the two!






Banana Nut Oatmeal Bread

Makes 1 loaf
Serves 8 to 16

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light butter (I use Land O’ Lakes)
1/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, sift together the flours, soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the yogurt, applesauce, and eggs, and whisk until blended. Then whisk in the bananas.

Next, stir in the flour mixture until just blended. Fold in the oatmeal and walnuts. Pour the batter into a loaf pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. 

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove from the pan and cool on a rack.



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