Healthy Banana Bread (really!)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
5 very ripe bananas, peeled
1 large egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons decorating sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and baking soda and set aside.
In large bowl with a potato masher or hand mixer combine bananas, egg, applesauce and vanilla extract until mostly smooth (leave a little chunky if you want to). Gently fold in dry ingredients until just combined and you don’t see any flour streaks.
*at this point, feel free to add nuts, dried cranberries, raisins or whatever you like, if desired, about a cup
Pour mixture in to prepared pan, smooth top and sprinkle with decorators sugar.
Bake 50-60 minutes until tester inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes then remove from pan and cool completely in a wire rack.