Banana Snack Cake

With, how to use over-ripe bananas and make something sugar-free for my honey, as the question…this is the answer. It’s a healthy, sugar-free, low-calorie, moist, flavorful banana snack cake. Yes, my husband chooses not to eat sugar. You might be wondering how a sugaraholic/chocoholic gal and a sugar-free guy are married and work things out? Well, things are pretty good, we have it worked out and it will be 30 years in April. I eat as much sugary/chocolatey sweets as he eats tortilla chips…it’s magical!

Banana Snack Cake

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener
2 eggs
1¾-2 cups mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut (it is sweetened, a tiny cheat)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, applesauce, and Equal. Mix in eggs, mashed banana, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add flour, wheat flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; mix just until combined. Fold in coconut and chopped nuts. Pour cake batter into sprayed 9″x13″ baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool. Cut into 20 servings, approx 180 calories per serving. It is a very moist, flavorful, healthy cake!

The I don’t care about healthy, no sugar and calories version:
*Omit applesauce and add 1 cup butter total
*Replace Splenda with sugar
*Omit wheat flour and add 2 cups all-purpose flour total
*Add 1 cup chocolate chips
*Frost with Buttercream or Cream Cheese Frosting
*Please don’t be fooled that making these changes keeps the calorie count per serving at 180. ;o)

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Honey Wheat Bread

One loaf of honey sweetened wheat bread hot out of the oven to bring that heavenly aroma to your kitchen!

Honey Wheat Bread

1½ cups hot water (about 110°)
1 pkt (2¼ tsp) dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbl oil
3 Tbl honey
1 cup white flour
1½ tsp salt
2¾-3 cups whole wheat flour

In bowl of stand mixer, pour hot water, sprinkle yeast over water, and then sprinkle the 1 tsp sugar over yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add oil, honey, white flour, and salt. Mix well. Add wheat flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing to incorporate. Add enough to make dough that just comes together but is still a bit sticky. Mix until well kneaded. Turn dough out into greased or sprayed bowl, turn dough over to coat. Cover and let rise in warm place 45-60 minutes. Shape into loaf and put in sprayed loaf pan. Let rise in warm place about 30-45 minutes. Bake in preheated 375° oven for 30-35 minutes.

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