Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

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Introduction: Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

About: I'm a senior at Harvey Mudd in Claremont California. This past summer I worked at Make Magazine. I love working out and eating well, and I enjoy concocting healthy recipes for not-so-healthy dishes (though u...

Bananas are literally the best fruit. They come in their own protective package, they taste great by themselves, they are the reason smoothies exist at all, and they taste amazing with chocolate, vanilla, and peanut butter (this is something that not many foods can claim). 

One of my favorite foods to make with bananas is banana bread, but most recipes have oil, sugar, and chocolate as main ingredients, which are all delicious, but not super healthy. So I set out on a quest to make a banana bread that I could eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and not feel guilty or get a stomach ache. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 cups Quick or Rolled Oats
1 cup Chocolate Protein Powder
1 cup Baking Splenda or 1/2 cup Stevia
4 very ripe Bananas
1/2 cup Almond Milk
2/3 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce 
1/3 cup Cooked Black Beans
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
2 Egg Whites
1 tsp. Baking Powder

Optional:
Peanut Butter
Nuts
Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. 

The first thing you should do is mix your chia seeds and almond milk in a bowl. This is so the seeds begin to turn into a gel before you mix them in with everything else. 

Grind the oats in a blender until they are almost like flour. Dump in the rest of the dry ingredients and blend until everything is mixed. Add the wet ingredients and 3 bananas, blend for a minute or two until thoroughly combined. Dice the remaining banana and mix in to the blender with a spoon. Dont turn on the blender for this step, because you will destroy your little banana chunks!
Pour mixture into two baking pans and bake on 325 F for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 


Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 Slice (16 slices total, 8 per pan)
Calories       120

Fat              2g
  Sat Fat.    .3g
Carbs        17g
   Sugar      6g
   Fiber        3g
Protein      10g


TOTAL: In Both Pans
Calories     1900

Fat              29g
Sat Fat        5g
Carbs         276g
   Sugar       92g
   Fiber        50g
Protein      160g



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    10 Discussions

    I tried a piece of this banana bread and was shocked when Penolopy Bulnick read the ingredient list. I had no idea this scrumptious and moist treat was a healthy version, let alone that it contained beans! Thank you for this unexpected surprise, it was awesome :)

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Ha, I agree! It was so hard to tell it wasn't made with a pound of butter. So good :D

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    Sam DeRose
    Sam DeRose

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah! That would be interesting, if you try it let me know what you think!

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    HollyMann
    HollyMann

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I love this! What a creative way to make it healthy and delicious!

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    lov2teach
    lov2teach

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've never put beans in my banana bread....what do they do for the recipe or why are they needed?
    Did you make this and taste the bread for yourself? If so, did you like it?
    Finally, how did you figure out the nutritional information?

    Looking forward to trying your recipe.

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    Sam DeRose
    Sam DeRose

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The beans are just a way to add some moistness to the bread without adding any flavor (you really can't taste them). I thought it tasted good for being so healthy!

    I used nutritiondata.self.com to get the info for each ingredient, then entered everything into a spreadsheet to get the totals.