Note: I received a complimentary box of Nectresse in the Influenster SugarNSpice Vox Box.
Bananas! Bananas! Everywhere! Ok, make that three uber extra mega ripe bananas. I’d never made banana bread before, but had some of the best from a coworker ages ago. Unfortunately, I lost that recipe, and didn’t really have too many ingredients at home. The main 3 that I needed to find subs for were 1. Butter 2. Sugar 3. Sour Cream. Yeah, I know.. Crazy and unacceptable!!
Fortunately, I’m pretty good at find substitutes and other options, and I kinda just went with it. I read online that you could sub butter with avocado, and I had a small avocado lying around.
Sugar was also running low, and I did have that nice box of Nectresse (that yes, you can bake with!). Nectresse is a sweetener made from monk fruit and other natural sweeteners. I was surprised to learn that I’ve actually had monk fruit before in soup. It’s usually dried and then put into Asian soups. All this time, I had no idea that it could be made into a sweetener. Genius!
And last but not least the one that plagued me the most was the sour cream. The only yogurt I had was flavored.. Banana Bread to be exact… how… convenient… Next time, I’d go plain, but I don’t think it made too much of a difference. It was pretty moist, just the perfect amount of sweet, and super banana-y. YUM!
- small avocado – butter sub
- 4 packets of nectresse
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1.5 cups flour
- 3 overripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 3 big spoonfuls of yogurt (or 1 cup of sour cream)
Mash your avocado, mix in sugar or 4 packets of Nectresse (I chose to use less sweetener since I had 3 uber sweet bananas vs 2 bananas), eggs, and vanilla. If using regular sugar and you have 2 ripe bananas, use 1 cup of white or brown sugar. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, and baking soda together. Pour your dry mixture into the other one. Mix well, add mashed bananas, and stir in yogurt (or sour cream). Pour your mixture into a greased oven-safe pan. Preheat your oven to 375 and bake for an hour or until a toothpick comes out clean when you test it. Let it cool and nosh away.
My first banana bread = tastes like banana bread! Success! You really can’t tell the difference between baking with sugar vs. Nectresse. Healthy = WIN. Does anyone have a chocolate chip banana bread recipe that’s to die for? That’s what I really wanted to make, but didn’t have chocolate chips on hand.