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Sunday, October 7, 2012

MINI BANANA LOAVES WITH CREAM CHEESE DRIZZLE





MINI BANANA LOAVES

Such cute loaves make a dainty, pretty display at the tea table.  Great after-school snack for children too.  What a nice snack for the kids to come home to after a long day at school.  Good carbs!  One of the favorite baking recipes from LCAF's, vol-1 in my section of the book was my Banana Walnut Bread.  This recipe is quite different and one can certainly do the same with my older recipe and make the recipe into mini loaves instead.  These particular banana loaves are much nicer the next day after being refrigerated.  They just seem to get better with age day after day.  This recipes makes 3 mini loaves.

3 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (250 mL)
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1 cup sugar (250 mL)
1/cup light-tasting olive oil (125 mL)
1/3  cup buttermilk (75 mL)
1/4 cup granulated erythritol (60 mL)
1/tsp vanilla extract (2 mL)
2 cups Gluten-Free BakeMix  (500 mL)
1 tsp baking soda (5 mL)
1/tsp salt (2 mL)
1/4 cup raisins, snipped in half, OR (60 mL)
  1/cup sugar-free chocolate chips (125 mL)
Cream Cheese Drizzle (optional):
2 oz cream cheese, softened (60 g)
2 tbsp powdered Steviva® Blend, OR (30 mL)
  Liquid sweetener, to taste
1 tbsp heavy cream (15 mL)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease 3, 51/4 x 31/4 x 21/4-inch (15 x 8 x 6 cm) nonstick mini loaf pans. In food processor, process eggs.  Add mashed bananas, liquid sweetener, olive oil, buttermilk, granulated erythritol and vanilla extract; process.

In medium bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix, baking soda and salt.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and process about 1 minute, until thickened.  Stir in raisins, OR chocolate chips. Pour or scrape into prepared mini loaf pans. Bake 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Drizzle:  In small bowl, combine softened cream cheese with powdered Steviva® Blend, erythritol, OR liquid sweetener, to taste, and heavy cream.  Place in pastry bag with plain tip and pipe Cream Cheese Frosting in stripes over the mini banana loaves.

Yield:  30 (10 x 3) slices
1 slice with raisins/choc. chips
85.2/94.0 calories
2.0/2.1 g protein
6.5/7.2 g fat
4.4/3.6 g net carbs

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