Wednesday, October 22, 2014


For a change, I decided to make something just for us to eat.  This recipe attracted me because of the ingredients and the amount of calories (76) and amount of fat (0.5 g).  Hard to believe, isn't it?  

This cookbook, Secrets of Fat-Free Baking, by nutritionist Sandra Woodruff, contains "over 130 low-fat and fat-free recipes for scrumptious and simple-to-make cakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, pies, breads, plus many other tasty goodies". Most of the recipes have less than 1 gram of fat per serving. Every time I pick up the book and start flipping through the pages, I find another recipe that looks too good not to try.  Be prepared to see many more recipes from it. 


1-1/2    cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2       cup oat bran
1/3       cup sugar
1           teaspoon baking powder
1           teaspoon baking soda
3/4      cup orange or apple juice (I used orange juice)
1/2       cup mashed ripe banana
1           teaspoon vanilla extract
1           cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 4 - inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

Combine the flour, oat bran, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl and mix well.

Add the juice, banana, and vanilla and stir til dry ingredients are moistened.

Fold in the cranberries.

Spread the mixture evenly in the pan.

Bake for about 45 - 50 minutes or just until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the bread from the oven, and let sit for 10 minutes.

Invert the loaf onto a wire loaf, turn right side up, and cool before slicing and serving.

I wrapped my loaf in foil and am storing it in the refrigerator.

Nutritional facts (per slice)

Calories: 76
Fat: 0.5 g
Protein: 2.2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 73 mg
Fiber: 2.5 g
Calcium: 12 mg
Potassium: 126 mg
Iron: 0.7 mg

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