No Sugar Banana Bread

Ripe bananas, Medjool dates, and Greek yogurt give this no sugar banana bread its tender, moist crumb and delicious, natural sweetness. Waiting for the bananas to fully ripen is critical to ensure their natural sugars have time to develop, so don’t rush this step. Your bananas should be dark and speckled. Toasted pecans add an extra layer of sweetness and texture.

No Sugar Banana Bread Jennifer Tyler Lee

No Sugar Banana Bread

Serves 10
Ours = 0 teaspoons
Theirs* = 2 1/2 teaspoons

10oz Medjool dates, pitted (about 10 to 12 dates)
3/4 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
3 over ripe medium bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 egg plus 1 yolk, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup coconut oil or unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on either side, and spray with nonstick cooking spray. If using, add the pecans to a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

2. Place pitted dates in a medium bowl. Cover the dates with 2 cups of hot water. Set aside until the dates are softened, about 10 minutes. Drain the dates, reserving 2 tablespoons of the liquid.

3. In a food processor, combine the dates, reserved liquid, and yogurt. Process until smooth and no flecks of date remain, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and add the mashed bananas, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Set aside.

4. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coconut oil in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low until the coconut oil combines with the flour into a mealy powder, about 30 seconds. Add the date and banana mixture and continue mixing only until just combined and no flour remains.

5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, top with nuts if using, and bake until the bread is lightly browned, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then use the parchment overhang to pull the bread out of the pan. Serve warm. Banana bread will keep wrapped in plastic at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 252 | Added sugar: 0 teaspoons or 0g | Carbohydrates: 42g | Sodium: 375mg | Saturated fats: 16% of calories or 5g | Fiber: 3g | Protein: 5g

*Betty Crocker’s Banana Bread contains 10g or 2 ½ teaspoons per slice (12 slices per loaf).

No Sugar Banana Bread
 
Ripe bananas, Medjool dates, and Greek yogurt give this no sugar banana bread its tender, moist crumb and delicious, natural sweetness.
Author:
Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 10oz Medjool dates, pitted (about 10 to 12 dates)
  • ¾ cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 3 over ripe medium bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil or unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on either side, and spray with nonstick cooking spray. If using, add the pecans to a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place pitted dates in a medium bowl. Cover the dates with 2 cups of hot water. Set aside until the dates are softened, about 10 minutes. Drain the dates, reserving 2 tablespoons of the liquid.
  3. In a food processor, combine the dates, reserved liquid, and yogurt. Process until smooth and no flecks of date remain, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and add the mashed bananas, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coconut oil in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low until the coconut oil combines with the flour into a mealy powder, about 30 seconds. Add the date and banana mixture and continue mixing only until just combined and no flour remains.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, top with nuts if using, and bake until the bread is lightly browned, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then use the parchment overhang to pull the bread out of the pan. Serve warm. Banana bread will keep wrapped in plastic at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 10 Calories: 252 Saturated fat: 16% of calories or 5g Carbohydrates: 42g Sugar: 0 teaspoons or 0g Sodium: 375mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 5g

 

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About the Author:

Heralded by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution as “A mom and genius game creator helping kids eat fresh food!”, Jennifer Tyler Lee is an award-winning cookbook author, game creator, and healthy eating advocate. Jennifer has garnered national TV, radio, and print coverage for her family cookbook, The 52 New Foods Challenge, and her nutrition game, Crunch a Color®: The Healthy Eating Game. Jennifer’s work has been spotlighted by Jessica Alba, Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver, Laurie David, Rachael Ray, US Weekly, The 700 Club, and Oprah.com—among many others. Her fresh approach to cooking together as a family inspired a nationwide series of kids cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma, The 52 New Foods Junior Chef Series, along with an exclusive edition of her book. A former strategy consultant, she lives in the Bay Area with her family.

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