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Mini Banana Bread Loaves with Flaxseed

March 27, 2011

This recipe for Mini Banana Bread Loaf has to be one of my all time favorites for so many reasons. First, it’s an awesome recipe and makes moist flavorful bread perfect for breakfast or a snack. It is also so healthy because it is made with nonfat Greek yogurt and ground flaxseed. I am a huge fan of using nonfat Greek yogurt because it has no fat, very few carbohydrates and is high in protein. Flaxseed is often called the “most powerful” plant food there is. It’s linked to so many benefits including reducing cholesterol, menopausal symptoms, constipation and arthritis. It also aids in protection against cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Lastly, you don’t even need a mixer so cleanup is a snap. When I taught the Kid’s Cooking Class a week ago in Park City, this recipe was a huge hit!

Mini Banana Bread Loaves with Flaxseed

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Yield: 10 servings
2 cups all-purpose flour (you can use whole wheat)
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
11/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1 (6-ounce) container nonfat Greek yogurt (I used Fage)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Cooking spray
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, butter, eggs, bananas, yogurt, flaxseed, vanilla and walnuts, if desired in a large bowl, mixing well. Pour batter into 4 (5- x 3-inch) mini loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire rack.


20 Responses to “Mini Banana Bread Loaves with Flaxseed”
March, 27 2011at 11:45 am
A healthy sweet bread? I'm in!
Amy says:
March, 27 2011at 11:59 am
OMG LOVE! Can't wait to make it
Patti says:
March, 27 2011at 11:59 am
I love that you don't need a mixer for this one. You always offer up the best recipes
Sharon says:
March, 27 2011at 12:03 pm
I am making this with my kids this afternoon. Congrats on the release of you new cookbook Alison!
March, 27 2011at 12:07 pm
Love these loaves to go with tea. I got a bag of flaxseeds and always look ideas where to add it. Like this suggestion much!
March, 27 2011at 12:36 pm
These look great, I love this healthy version. Would be great for my kids! By the way, you asked what granulated erythritol was on my's a sugar alcohol that I use in place of sugar because it doesn't effect my glucose levels. I like it better than things like splenda, because it's actually a naturally-occuring substance in fruit and fermented foods.
March, 27 2011at 02:28 pm
Oh my goodness I LOVE this recipe I'm a huge fan of Greek yogurt and I love baking with it. :) Your mini banana loaves look sooo good. The flaxseeds are a great addiition.
March, 27 2011at 05:15 pm
Greek yogurt would lend a wonderful texture. We use flaxseed a lot too - a hit of vitamins with very little effort.
March, 27 2011at 08:42 pm
I love the addition of flax seeds to quick breads- This sounds delicious!
March, 28 2011at 08:09 am
I bet the kids loved this banana bread! Great recipe :)
March, 28 2011at 08:20 am
I have never used flaxseed. But I do love a good banana bread. I so want to try a healthy version so I can eat more. Thanks for posting!
March, 28 2011at 09:12 am
mini loaves are so cute! Love the flaxseed addition. :)
March, 28 2011at 09:50 am
These look delicious! I love everything-in-the-bowl recipes for kids.
Megan says:
March, 28 2011at 12:06 pm
A bread I can feel goo about eating! Looks delish.
Aggie says:
March, 29 2011at 06:10 am
Love that you made this bread healthy!! I bet it's delicious! Have to make at home!
Winnie says:
March, 30 2011at 10:03 pm
Yum! Love banana bread and I make a very similar one ;)
jen says:
April, 04 2011at 04:12 pm
made this bread for sunday breakfast, and LOVED IT! my favorite banana bread recipe, ever! keep more of these healthy breads coming! :)
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Brandi says:
July, 11 2013at 12:03 pm
Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I made the bread as muffins today to go with my kids lunch and they came out wonderfully moist. I didn't have any yogurt, so I subbed with the same amount of sour cream. I had enough batter to make 12 muffins and 1 small loaf.

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