January 23, 2009

Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread

I imagine you must think I have an obsession with Banana Bread at this point. I keep trying different versions and I also keep making changes to my recipe as I go along. The thing is, last week, I walked into the cafeteria at work and they had a marbled chocolate and vanilla quick bread as part of the breakfast offerings. It looked really good, a nice combination of dark and light color and dense and moist texture. I figured I could come up with something healthier and make it at home. The bonus being I wouldn't have to waste money, they charge $1.50 per slice, and it would be healthier than what they are serving.

So, the search began. I found a couple of different recipes and opted to make the one from Cooking Light first. I needed to see how the lightened version tasted before I could make changes to a "not so light" version. This one uses plain low-fat yogurt (I used vanilla flavored as I figured I could eat the leftovers without any guilt) and egg substitute. I have no problem with either of these ingredients, however I think they may be the cause of the bread not being as moist as I was hoping for... or maybe my bananas were not as ripe and mushy as they should have been. Not sure, but the bread was tasty and I can now use this as a guide for improving on another recipe I found that needs to be lightened.
This recipe can be found at Cooking Light (HERE). I am thinking of using applesauce as a substitute for the oil in the other recipe I want to make. This seems like a good way of adding some moisture without adding calories. Anyone have additional suggestions?

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22 comments:

Happy cook said...

This looks so yumm.
I love the 2 colours, yeah itoo never buy from coffee shops as they ask so much and i am like i can make them bettr and cheaper at home. And delicous too.

Chef E said...

I also was being tempted by one at a local coffee house I host an open mic, and it was very moist, but I was always afraid of what the ingredients were, so this sound like a good idea to make...plus I send snacks with hubby to work for his day, so he does not buy candy bars!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

I just used applesauce as an oil substitute and it turned out wonderfully. I think that is the route you should take with this! Looks really good though!

ttfn300 said...

I use applesauce all the time and it works great. You could always start by using half applesauce half oil to see the results. Another option could be yogurt...

mmm, now i'm craving some banana bread!

Joelen said...

Looks beautifully marbled!

Karen said...

It looks beautiful! I agree, applesauce would mke it more moist.

That Girl said...

I love that you have multiple banana breads!

Sara said...

I love this recipe, I make it regularly around here. If you haven't tried it yet, you should try Cooking Light's coconut and lime banana bread!

Lisa said...

The marbling looks really good. I have pureed my bananas in the food processor the last few times I've made banana bread. It seemed to make the bread really moist.

Leslie said...

I always here that people put Applesauce in their baked goods to moisten them up..or maybe some fat free sour cream.

Jo said...

I love chocolate marble cake but to add in bananas, even better.

Kevin said...

Nicely marbled banana bread!

giz said...

I'm definitely going to try this recipe. I love the marbled look and I'm crazy for banana bread.

Donna-FFW said...

I often substitute applesauce in my baked goods. It works splendidly. The look of the bread is so gorgeous with the marbled effect. Sounds delicious!!

Ashley said...

beautiful bread! i'm planning on making banana bread tomorrow, and i might just try this one!

RecipeGirl said...

applesauce is usually a good sub for me. Sometimes I'll still put a couple of T. of oil in to keep it moist.

My son won the SD County Fair Blue Ribbon w/ the CL Marbled Banana Bread Recipe. Isn't that cute?

Hope you'll enter my Super Bowl Recipe $250 Giveaway!

Jenny said...

Is there anything better than peanut butter and chocolate?!! This bread looks beautiful Patsy!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Great job, Patsy! The marbling is perfect. Sounds like a nice recipe. I've used applesauce before and it works pretty well. I agree with Lori. A few tbsps of oil does help keep the moisture in.

Dawn said...

I don't think you're crazy. I am a huge lover of banana bread. I found a recipe I am so very happy with, took a while though.

Maddy said...

This looks delish! I'll definitely be trying it! =)

Patsyk said...

Thank you for the suggestions... I'm going to try the applesauce sub. + a bit of oil... I also like the idea of pureeing the bananas. I'm going to try them as I play with this recipe.

finsmom said...

Isn't this bread fun to make?! And so tasty too! Yours looks beautiful!

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