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I got this recipe from one of the weight loss blogs that I follow.  I would love to get feedback from those who make it as a healthier alternative this holiday season.  It will also be available through our recipes section if you have registered to this site.

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour (one loaf, or 40 minutes if using mini loaf pans) Ingredients:
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas (original called for 1 but I had extras)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (I had a can so I used it)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs (original called for 1 egg and 2 egg white, but in this economy, I’m not wasting eggs. In addition, egg yolk is not bad for you. It has vitamin D – one of the few non-fortified foods, choline, and unsaturated fat – not likely to raise cholesterol.)
  • 2 cups flour (1 cup all purpose, one cup whole wheat OR 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I added this to the recipe to make up for the extra banana and pumpkin noted above. You could also add some wheat germ or take this to 3/4 cup easily)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar (I didn’t mess with this but experienced bakers might suggest using some agave nectar, stevia, splenda or other substitute?)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Preparation: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 1/2 X 4 1/2-inch loaf pan (or 4 mini loaf pans) with nonstick cooking spray. (I use canola oil and wipe out the excess.)

Place mashed banana, pumpkin puree, oil, egg and egg whites in a large bowl. Beat with an electronic mixer on low speed.

Place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon in a medium bowl and stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture to banana and pumpkin mixture and beat until just moist.

Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until toothpick placed in center comes out clean.

Serves 12. (Now if you make 4 mini loaves like I did, that means you cut them in thirds – that’s a hearty hunk of goodness.)

Per Serving: Calories 196, Calories from Fat 48, Total Fat 5.3g (sat 0.5g), Cholesterol 18mg, Sodium 206mg, Carbohydrate 33.3g, Fiber 1.6g, Protein 3.7g

Note: this info will be off because of the substitutions that were made. But my guess is they are not that different. But if you are concerned, just take a smaller piece!

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