With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are starting to have to attend pot lucks at work or dinners with family and friends. While we enjoy this special time of the year and definitely appreciate the cuisine, we can all agree that the holiday food is the number one reason why most people using make exercise as one of the top goals on our New Year’s resolutions list. To help alleviate the madness of all of the calories of these delicious foods, I’m sharing this healthy banana pumpkin bread.
- 2 1/3 mashed ripped bananas
- 2 cups of ground oatmeal
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/3 of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of rum
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 eggs
- Nutmeg, all spice, vanilla extract to taste
- Zest of one lime
In a bowl soften the butter along with the bananas and the brown sugar with the help of a mixer. When the mixture is well incorporated but not smooth, slowly add in the pumpkin spice cookie butter. In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients (ground oatmeal, salt, baking soda, zest of lime, nutmeg, all spice). Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and rum and lastly the combined dried ingredients. Once all of the ingredients are incorporated, pour into a lightly greased loaf pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for an hour or until you insert a fork in the center and it comes out clean.
This light bread can easily been enjoyed with coffee or tea in the morning as part of a breakfast or simply as a guilt-free dessert. Enjoy it warm or straight from the fridge! You can throw in some of your favorite nuts to increase its nutrition value or remove or alter any of the ingredients.
I hope you will enjoy this simple recipe and enjoy the pumpkin season!