With ripe bananas, the possibilities are endless. This morning I decided to make my favorite Protein Peanut Butter Banana Bread. Yes, I could make the traditional banana bread, but when I found out that 1 sliver of your generic banana bread has about 200-300 calories, 40g carbs, and about 30g of sugar, I decided to take on the challenge of "healthifying" it.
This recipe is super easy and it PACKED with protein.
3 ripe bananas
3/4 cup vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup pb2
1 cup non-fat greek yogurt (I used 1 & 1/2 Kroger brand vanilla carbmaster's)
1/3 cup egg whites (or 2 egg whites)
2 Tbsp stevia
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mash bananas in a bowl whichever way you please. I just throw them in a Kitchen-aid on high speed until their mashed to perfection.
Add in your egg whites, yogurt, egg whites, and vanilla.
In a separate medium sized bowl, combine protein powder, pb2, stevia, and baking soda.
**I've found Simple Truth Whey Protein Powder to be the best when baking with protein powder. It's fluffy without the grainy texture that protein powders typically have.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. (Overmixing can cause the baking soda to go flat, resulting in a flat banana bread)
Pour into a loaf pan lined with foil (Helps the corners not burn) and bake for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Enjoy any way you'd like. I prefer to top mine with pb2 and whipped cream for a protein-packed breakfast or post-workout meal.