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Whole Wheat Banana Bread

"A hint of orange livens up this moist and nutty banana bread," says Kathy Merrick from Hammond, Indiana. "I've taken loaves to potluck suppers and they are always a hit." She suggests trying a slice for breakfast or as a sensibly scrumptious snack.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (10 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium navel orange, peeled and sectioned (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 medium ripe banana
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a food processor or blender, process the oranges, bananas, sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla until smooth. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pecans.
  • Pour into two 8x4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 154 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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