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Weekend Well-Being: Bake Something Healthy

I care a lot about what I put into my body, but I still crave sweet treats. The cookies, cakes, pies, and muffins you buy at the store can be loaded with fat and sugar. Most of them are made with white flour and refined sugars, which offer you no nutritional value whatsoever.

I love to bake my own treats, but never have time during my busy week. Plus for me, baking is a time I can relax, and have fun with my girls (it gives my husband a chance to hit the gym or watch sports). Plus it's a chance to teach them about healthy eating, and also learn some math skills like measuring.

I love to bake a big batch of something on Sunday so I can enjoy it for a few days that week. I can have it for breakfast, a late afternoon snack, or pack it in my kids' lunch (the girls love that).

Want to see one of my favorite recipes? Then

For 1 loaf of Banana Walnut Bread you'll need:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup Sucanat
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup apple sauce (instead of oil)
1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts (save some for the top of the bread)

  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Unpeel and mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork.
  • Add the egg and apple sauce and stir well.
  • Mix in the flour, Sucanat, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  • Stir in most of the walnuts, leaving 2 handfuls left.
  • Grease an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with canola oil spray. If you don't have the spray, just take a paper towel, pour a little canola oil on it and smear that on the pan.
  • Pour batter into the pan and top with the remaining walnuts.
  • Bake for 45 min to an hour, checking it with a knife or toothpick to make sure the inside is cooked.

Fit's Tips: For breakfast or an afternoon snack, try toasting a slice of Banana Walnut Bread for a minute, and then spread some almond butter on it. Delicious, satisfying, and between the walnuts and almonds, it's a great way to get some protein.

AL77 AL77 9 years
I made this banana bread on the weekend with 1/2 c of organic brown sugar instead of sucanat and it was absolutely delicious - and guilt free with no butter or oil. Do you have any healthy recipes for lemon poppyseed loaf? Thanks ver much for sharing this!
Robyn-Tang Robyn-Tang 10 years
Ooh baking! I went on bit of a frenzy last November, wanting to bake almost everyday lol. Good post!
JKe895 JKe895 10 years
I love Banana Nut bread on the weekends!
a-gentle-rain a-gentle-rain 10 years
your girls are so cute!!! I remember my mommy always used to bake with me, though it was usually some delicious sweets, like cookies. My mom had the Mrs. Fields cookbook and everything!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Yum! Sounds great!
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Hey sweetA... Not to fret! Banana ripening help is on the way. Try this. It works like a charm... brings out the natural sweetness that you need for a good banana bread. (You have to use bananas that are at least yellow - not still green.) Spray a baking pan with Pam w/flour spray (or butter and flour it the traditional way.) Before you peel or mash the bananas, lay them on the baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. There you have 'em! Soft sweet bananas - no mess... no waiting... no fruit flies :) sweet A - a little trick from me to you :HUG:
kendallina kendallina 10 years
The banana bread looks yummy. You're daughters are adorable!
Heavenly Heavenly 10 years
I luv banana's.. Thanks for the recipe..
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Mmmm looks good! I'd eat the whole damn thing though.
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 10 years
Oh dear, I only have one ripe banana!
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I like baking, it used to seriously relax me...when I bake with my kids it is more crowd control then centering. They do love to stir though.
llendril llendril 10 years
thank you!
SU3 SU3 10 years
wow... that sounds great Fit! looks delicious I am going to have to try this recipe out tomorrow Thanks for the recipe! :)
suzanne suzanne 10 years
I do the same on Sundays!!! I have ripe bananas in the fridge, this very minute... I'll try this recipe tomorrow. Thanks Fit! :WAVE: PS: The girls are almost as adorable as my baby girl ;)
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