When I wrote the Banana Cardamon Cupcake post I mentioned that Grumpy was asking for banana bread. It isn’t very often that he asks for something specific, so when he does it is so nice. Yes, I said nice. Anyone who loves to cook or bake knows what I mean. When someone wants something that you love to do you are more than happy to oblige!


I knew which banana bread recipe I would make this time. I was going to go with the classic. I had made this recipe from Cooking Light’s 5 Star Recipes cookbook when I purchased the book a few years ago. I remember my SIL Heidi loved the bread and I loved it too because it used yogurt in the recipe as the fat
replacement. I added chopped walnuts to the bread so that will change the WW points count if you make that addition.

  

Classic Banana Bread
from Cooking Light

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt (see tip)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking spray

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla.  Beat until blended. Add flour mixture, beat at low speed just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Per Serving: 14 slices
WW Points per slice: 4

*TIP:  If you do not have the yogurt, you can use sour cream instead.