Jen’s Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

Quick breads can be a delicious part of your healthy lifestyle way of eating.  Traditional recipes typically include a cup of oil and a cup or more of sugar. GEEZ!  That’s a lot of oil and sugar.  What is a person to do?  Make a few tweaks that don’t jeopardize the taste or texture.  An easy tweak that you can make is to substitute plain Greek Yogurt instead of the oil in any quick bread recipe.  The Greek yogurt provides needed moisture to the recipe plus you get some extra protein. I have found that using Greek yogurt doesn’t change the texture of the quick bread.  Another tweak is to half the amount of sugar called for in the recipe.  BOOM.  That’s it.   The recipe I’m going to share with you originally called for 1 cup of sugar, I use 1/3 cup; it called for 1 1/2 sticks of butter, I use 1 TB and 1 small container of Greek yogurt.

10 SLICES.  190 calories per slice.   8 grams protein.

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour **
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 TB melted butter
  • Small container (5 oz) Plain or Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

**  Without jeopardizing texture, can substitute 1/4 cup of the flour for 1/4 cup vanilla or unflavored protein powder 

Place bananas and sugar in a large mixing bowl; mash the bananas and stir well with the sugar.  Let sit for a few minutes then stir again.  Mix in the melted butter and Greek yogurt then beat in the eggs.  Add the flour, baking soda, salt and vanilla.  Mix well.  Pour into a well greased loaf pan. Optional:  sprinkle with crushed walnuts or pecans.  Bake at 350 F  for 60-ish minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Ovens vary, you may need to bake your bread a few minutes longer. Be careful not to overbake.   Let cool in the pan for a couple of minutes then remove the bread from the pan to a cooling rack.  Once the bread has cooled, slice it into 10 pieces.

ENJOY!

STAY Healthy.  Be STRONG.  Get AFTER IT. 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Jen’s Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

  1. Looks delish! How much Greek yogurt did you use and when does it get added? Does it matter if it’s fat-free or does it need to be full-fat?

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    • Hey there! If you will go back and look at the recipe – I’ve updated it to correct my Oops! It is a small container – those are usually 5 or 5.3 ounces. You can use non, low or full fat. The 189 calories is based on using Non-Fat. The calories per slice will barely increase if you use 2% or full fat yogurt.

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