Banana Bread with Carob Chips

chocolatechipbananabread2Okay, okay, it’s a recycled recipe. But here’s the good news.

I shaved 11 WW points (roughly 500 calories) from the original recipe by changing one flour and eliminating the oil altogether. Thank you, applesauce, for being such a great replacement!

Using millet flour instead of rice flour not only added nutrition and cut points, it also got rid of the need for milk—another calorie savings. Millet flour, I’m learning, is less thirsty than rice flour.

Of course, the applesauce may have something to do with it, but who knows? This is the kind of mystery that makes gluten-free, low-calorie baking so intriguing…she says with a smile.

Anyway, light and delicious, this banana bread can be served as a loaf, a muffin, or a square (as shown in the photo.)

Makes 8 bread slices, 12 muffins, and 16 squares

Ingredients

  • ½ cup millet flour
  • ½ cup quinoa flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour/starch
  • ¼ cup potato starch (not flour)
  • ½ cup sweetener (Note to Weight Watchers: Point values are based on the use of artificial sugar.)
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup liquid egg substitute (2 eggs)
  • ½ cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium bananas)
  • ¼ cup carob chips, sweetened
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix all dry ingredients: flours, starches, sweetener, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all wet ingredients: eggs, applesauce, vanilla, and banana.
  3. Gradually mix dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients.
  4. If batter is too thick (creates a huge clump around the whisk), add small amounts of water until batter can be poured. It will be thick and stretchy.
  5. Fold chocolate chips into the batter for bread or muffins or sprinkle them on top of the squares.
  6. Spray a 9″x 5″ bread pan, 12-cup muffin tin, or 9”x 9” square pan.
  7. Bake in a 350º F oven until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean—about 50 minutes for bread, 25-30 minutes for muffins, or 35 minutes for squares.

For Weight Watchers: The total points-value for this recipe is 25 points in the PointsPlus plan. With rounding off, the point values for a serving are as follows:

  • Bread: 1 slice is worth 3 points.
  • Muffins: 1 muffin is worth 2 points.
  • Squares: 1 square is worth 1.5 points.
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