I am always on the search for the "next best". As in, the next best muffin recipe, or the next best cupcake to bake...I then become obsessed and will bake it weekly. Have I mentioned that I love to bake?!
Anyhoo, I'm sure you have heard of "Deceptively Delicious". The awesome cookbook that sneaks in vegetable and fruit puree into recipes for picky eaters. In my case, picky eaters being Captain Crazy and Mr. Delicious. They have no idea that I do indeed sneak veggies and flax into their daily diet...bwahaha (sinister mom laugh).
Ok, so...I was on the quest for the "next best" healthy banana bread recipe and low and behold it has been just sitting in my "deceptively delicious" cookbook that rests nicely on my counter daily. Seriously, I made a loaf last Thursday and again last night, and both times it was gone before it had time to cool. No joke.
Here is the recipe my friends, enjoy and have a perfect Tuesday!
Banana Bread (via Deceptively Delicious cookbook)
3/4 cup Whole Wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup cauliflower puree (if you don't want to add this, just add an extra banana). I used an extra banana instead of the Cauliflower puree.
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
** I also added 3 Tb of ground golden Flax
Ingredients for the oat crumble topping:
2/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tb melted butter
Directions for Oat Crumble:
Stir together the oats, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Then stir in the melted butter. Set aside.
Directions for Banana Bread:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 9X5 loaf pan (or 2 mini loaf pans) with cooking spray.
In a bowl, mix the flours with the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl (or mixer), mix the sugar and oil with a wooden spoon until well combined (I used my kitchen aid). Mix in the egg whites, banana and cauliflower purees, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and top with the oat crumble topping. Bake for 55-60 minutes for the large loaf, or 25-30 minutes for the mini loaves. Let cool and serve.