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This is my all-time favorite banana bread recipe fromBetty Crocker’s Cookbook.I’ve completely revised it to be 100% healthy, but 118% full of flavor. My kids think it tastes better than the original. Let’s start withbananas which are high in potassium and low in salt. I use carrots in the form of organic baby food in order to reduce the butter, yet keep the bread moist.

Also, I used whole wheat flour,wheat germ, and raw sugar instead of refined sugar (turbinado sugar or raw sugar) to replace the dry ingredients.

The recipe makes one large loaf or 3 smaller loaves.

Add in chopped walnuts to reinforce the bread with omega 3s. What you have is a perfectly healthy serving of fiber and omega 3s to round out a healthy meal, a hearty complete snack, or a heroic bake sale offering.

betty crocker banana bread gets a facelift

preptime: 20 minutes

baketime: 55-60 minutes

1 c raw sugar (refined sugar if you don’t have raw)

1 small jar organic carrots baby food

1 T Earth Balance spread (or butter)

2 eggs

3-4 mashed ripe bananas

2 T water

1 1/3 c whole wheat flour

2/3 c wheat germ

1 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

1/4 t baking powder

1/2 t cinnamon

1/2 chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease bottom only of loaf pan or 3 mini loaf pans.Mix sugar, carrots puree and softened spread or butter. Stir in eggs until blended. Add mashed bananas and water; beat 30 seconds.

Stir in remaining ingredients, except nuts, just until moistened and then add nuts. Pour into pan and bake 55-60 minutes (50-55 minutes for mini-loafs).

recipe adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook and provided by your friends at crunchtimefood.com


  1. Julia says Apr 29th 2011 9:52 am

    I made this last night and it is delicious!! We (Jen and I) also think it tastes better than the unhealthy stuff. Thank you!

    • Sherri says Apr 29th 2011 10:52 am

      I made it last night too – well actually this morning at 5;30 while watching the Royal Wedding coverage. I guess everyone had old bananas. Thanks for for the note and so glad you both liked it.

  2. Jen says Sep 3rd 2011 3:02 pm

    We’ve got bananers that want this to be their fate 🙂 I’m going to be making this for a pot luck brunch tomorrow and can’t wait for our condo to smell delish 🙂

    • Sherri says Sep 4th 2011 8:53 pm

      Your bananas and guests were most certainly pleased with your decision.

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