No Sugar Added Protein Banana Bread

One of the recommendations of the Bradley Method (a childbirth method focusing on natural childbirth and husband-coaching) is getting 100 grams of protein a day. And while this isn’t really difficult to do if I really try, it can become difficult if I actually eat what I want.

While I do crave meat once in a while, carbs are my best friend. I love cereal, waffles, pancakes, toast, and I’m completely in love with biscuits. So sometimes I wake up in the morning and I just don’t want eggs or Greek yogurt.  I want something carby.

Healthy Banana Bread

So one of the ways I make meeting this challenge easier while still indulging in my yummy carbs is by baking with protein powder.

Baking with protein powder can be tricky. I’ve made things that look beautiful, but taste awful. With some practice I’ve came to the conclusion that when protein powder, it’s best to use a lot of moisture, which is why a few super ripe bananas are perfect for this recipe.They make this breakfast bread moist, flavorful, and sweetens it naturally without the use of added sugar.

Choosing the right protein powder is key when baking or making smoothies.  For this particular recipe, I used ViSalus, which is a blend of whey protein concentrate, whey protein hydrolysate and soy protein isolate and it is intended to be used as a nutritional shake for weight loss.  The sweet cream flavor which I used worked really well in this recipe and also tastes great in a shake with frozen fruit.

No Sugar Added Banana Bread

No Sugar Added Protein Banana Bread
(Serves 8-10)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup ViSalus sweet cream whey protein powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 medium very ripe bananas (7-8 inches)
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl: flour, baking powder and soda, protein powder, and salt. Add Greek yogurt, eggs, milk, and almond extract, stirring well. Add bananas, mashing with a fork and mixing throughout the batter. Add almonds and stir throughout to combine. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray and pour batter into the pan.

Cook on 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

ViSalus provided me with their product to develop

7 Responses to No Sugar Added Protein Banana Bread

  1. Ooh what a coincidence! My sister just recommended Visalus to me, and I got a few trial packets. I’ve used it in a green smoothie, but this will be next! Thanks for posting!

  2. Gerald

    Good you have the nutritional info?

  3. I’m definitely a carb fanatic and this sounds delic! After making a batch of protein pancakes once that made my stomach feel wonky the rest of the day, I’ve been a bit apprehensive to try cooking or baking with powder again :/

  4. Recipe didn’t turn out..bread is mushy. I put it back in for another 15 minutes, but it didn’t make a difference. Are eggs/egg whites missing from the recipe? Maybe its needed to hold it together?

    • You are so right and I am so sorry that I missed that ingredient. It is really hard to record ingredients while baking sometimes. And it probably doesn’t help that my mind is a sieve lately. I’m totally using the baby as an excuse. I used two eggs. I’m sorry that you spent time on this recipe and it didn’t turn out right.

  5. Tricia McDonald

    Please list nutritional information. Am making this for the first time.

    • I just cut and paste the recipe in Calorie Counter’s recipe analysis. This is what it gave me for 8 servings. Also, just a tip, if your bread comes out gooey in the middle, put it back in the oven for longer. If it starts to get dark on top, cover it with aluminum foil while you bake it. I had another reader make it and it seems that their oven was a little different than mine and their bread took longer. I’ve had to double the time for a bread recipe before so it depends on your oven.

      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size 103 g
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories 173
      Calories from Fat 45
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 5.0g8%
      Saturated Fat 0.9g5%
      Trans Fat 0.0g
      Cholesterol 49mg16%
      Sodium 273mg11%
      Total Carbohydrates 24.3g8%
      Dietary Fiber 3.4g14%
      Sugars 7.3g
      Protein 8.7g
      Vitamin A 2% • Vitamin C 7%
      Calcium 7% • Iron 6%
      Nutrition Grade C

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