One thing Eat2Win Nutrition is not about is depriving yourself. I don’t just eat oatmeal every morning! One thing I have a weakness for is peanut butter. So when I found this recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Bread I just had to try it out. It’s from my favorite magazine, Cooking Light. I get their magazine off the rack a few times a year, but my favorite thing to do is search their recipes on their website (for free!). They combine several magazine recipes on MyRecipes.com so you have to filter if you only want to see those for Cooking Light. I’ve had so much success with their recipes and they all have nutritional information at the bottom of the page so you know exactly what you are putting into your body. Another of my favorite features is to look at the reviews for each recipe which are comments from regular readers who have tried the recipe and give you their take. I always find great hints or substitution that help you prepare the recipe to your liking. It also helps to remind me that it’s fun to experiment in the kitchen!
I did my own adjustments to make things a little easier. I used 1/3 cup of crunchy peanut butter and then skipped the 2 tablespoons of chopped peanuts. I must also admit that I skipped the 1/4 cup of group flaxseed since I didn’t have a grinder. However, ground flaxseed is high in fiber, healthy omega-3 fatty acids and phytochemicals called lignans so definitely add it if you can. I used to 3/4 cup of white flour and 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour to boost up the nutrient profile a little. I’m not a fan of overly sweet breads so I skipped the glaze, but indulge if you have a sweet tooth.
All that healthy goodness and as published, 1/16 of a loaf has 198 calories, 7.4g fat( 2.3g saturated fat, 2.7g monounsaturated fat, 1.8g polyunsaturated fat) and 27 mg of calcium. The secret to success is going to make a loaf to share and properly portion your share so that you keep it to around 200 calories as published.
Finally, I’d recommend heating it up for 20-30 seconds in the microwave and enjoying it with a cold glass of fat-free milk!
Enjoy your breakfast!