Low-fat Banana Bread

Serves 10

4 egg whites
2/3 c. white sugar
2 bananas, very ripe and mashed
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/3 c. skim milk
1 T. vegetable oil
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1-3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a full-size bread pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.

In a large bowl, beat egg whites and sugar until fluffy. Beat in bananas, applesauce, milk, oil and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture. Fold in nuts. Pour batter into prepared pan. Don’t fill more than 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean – about 1 hour.

Recipe courtesy of Clare’s Culinary Creations.

Nutritional analysis: calories 176; fat 2g; sat. fat 0.22g; cholesterol 0.16 mg; carbs 36g; protein 4g; fiber 1g; sodium 490 mg