Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I love sweet, quick breads, but I don't love the large amounts of oil and sugar that go into a regular recipe for these breads! 

Thankfully, Jessica Seinfeld has come to the rescue with her Deceptively Delicious Cookbook full of ideas for healthier cooking and baking!  (I know I've mentioned this book quite a few times! It's really helpful!)

All of the recipes have fruit and/or vegetable purees added to make them more nutritious.  I love that part...I don't love that she still uses vegetable oil and margarine.  Personal preference...so I use good 'ol butter! 

One thing I find humorous about adding vegetable purees to the food is hearing people's comments, "Weird, I just hiccuped broccoli, but I haven't even eaten any today!"  Hehe...or have you?

I love her Banana Bread recipe.  I didn't have the cauliflower puree on hand, so I just added extra banana--it worked perfectly!  Try it!

Banana Bread...my tweaked version

3/4 c. whole-wheat flour
1/2 c. flour (unbleached, all-purpose)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. butter
1 large egg
2 c. banana puree
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper.

In a bowl, mix dry ingredients and set aside.  Mix sugar and butter until well combined.  Add egg, banana, and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined.

Pour batter into loaf pan.  Top with just a sprinkle of cinnamon, brown sugar and chopped pecans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55-60 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes and remove from pan.

Cooling!  It smells so good!
Using parchment paper makes it so easy to remove the bread from the pan.
Plus, you don't gain any extra fat from greasing the pan.
Mmm...almost the perfect breakfast.
Ah, coffee is ready.
Now it's perfect!


une autre mère said...

Mmmm... sounds so yummy! And I agree - butter all the way! :)

Sarah said...

I might just have to try this one! sounds delicious! I can nearly smell it through my computer screen :)

FilledToTheBrim - Kate said...

Mmm, this sounds delightful!

H-Mama said...

Oh how you tempt me, girl. This is now on my list of things to do this week! :)