Lightened Up Banana Bread

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Photo: Alex Benedetto

The start of a new year always seem to bring this sense of refresh and thus begins the seemingly endless thoughts on how to better oneself.

As you take on your respective New Year’s resolutions, whether it is be quitting a bad habit or starting a better one, remember in the end, the goal should always be to take care of yourself, mind, body and spirit. After all, there is only one of you out there in this world!

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Photo: Alex Benedetto

To help you get you on your path of self-improvement, whatever and however that may be, here is a lower fat and simple banana bread. The yogurt takes the place of some of the fat, while adding a delicious, soft texture to the bread.
Photo: Alex Benedetto

Photo: Alex Benedetto

Banana Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt together with a whisk and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer until well blended, about 1 minute, and then add in each egg, one at a time. Add in the banana, yogurt and vanilla and blend a touch longer until everything is incorporated.

Using a low speed on the mixer, beat in the flour, until incorporated. Spoon the batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan that has been greased with cooking spray. Bake for one hour, or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, before removing the bread from the pan.

(Adapted from Cooking Light)