Healthy Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Tis the season for all things pumpkin and for those comfort foods. I love the way that baking pumpkin and bananas leaves my home smelling amazing and really puts me in the fall mood. I love cake and sweets and treats but as the end of the year approaches I don’t want to be packing on the extra pounds. So here is a healthy and delicious recipe (yes, I put those 2 words in the same sentence) you can try out for you and your family and no one will be the wiser. They’ll think that they’re indulging when in fact they’re getting a clean and healthy version of a fall favorite. I’ll be adding this to the menu for my Thanksgiving dinner and this will be a staple at my work potlucks. This can be made in a 9×13 pan, a loaf pan or in muffin tins. Just adjust cooking times depending on the pan you choose.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ (may be substituted for whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup Vanilla Shakeology (may be substituted for any vanilla protein powder or more flour)
2 tsps cinnamon
1/4 tsp Allspice
1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp table salt
1 1/2 cup Stevia in the raw (I use the one that’s more like powder, not granules)
1/2 cup brown sugar or Stevia
3/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt
3 eggs
15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional, may substitute for walnuts or other nuts)

Baking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well

Next, mash up a banana and then add in eggs, Greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, and apple sauce.

Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients

Once all ingredients are mixed well stir in chocolate chips

Spray the pan of your choice with non stick baking spray and then pour in batter. The batter will be thick and you’ll need a spatula to help smooth it out. I used a 9×13 pan and baked it for approximately 30 minutes. Check on it towards the end of baking my inserting a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean it’s done. If not, then add time a minute or so at a time. Baking time will depend on the pan size and your oven,’

Most importantly…ENJOY!!

 

 

 

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