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25 Feb 2011, Comments (2)

Quaker Life Banana Walnut Bread Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

One of my all time favorite things is banana bread- I love the sweet banana flavor, the softness of the bread, and the way it feels so dessertlike.

So, what about that same thing transformed into a bar? Quaker makes a Life Banana Walnut Bread Bar, that has pretty good ingredients, and according to the package, “5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein” and “20% of 5 B Vitamins”. Sounds pretty yummy to me!

I saw on the front of the bar’s package to “try HEATING, then EATING”, and took the advice. I opened up the package, and was greeted with a rather strong and sweet banana aroma.  Then, into the microwave this bar went for about 10 seconds.

The result was a soft and chewy bar, that wasn’t super dense. On top remained  a good amount of crunchy and flavorful pieces of walnuts.The banana flavor was delicious- not a fake banana flavor, but sweet like freeze dried bananas (which makes sense, since there is “freeze dried bananas” listed on the ingredients). This bar was actually very sweet, but very good, and did actually remind me of like a store-bought banana muffin, or a sweet version of homemade banana bread.

Overall, I’m a fan. Of course I’m a fan! It’s sweet, great banana flavor, has fiber, protein, and the first ingredient is “whole grain rolled oats”. I’m also impressed that there’s not a ton of sugar or fat in the bar, with 10 grams sugar and 4 grams of fat per bar. 4 stars

1 bar is 150 calories, 4 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite flavor of muffin to eat or get out? I think we know my favorite muffin at the deli wold be banana ; )

16 Oct 2010, Comments (0)

Chiquita Banana Bread Mix

Author: Healthnuttxo

So, for some reason, in my house we either have way too many bananas, or not enough. Seeing as this week it was way too many, I had a couple overripe bananas waiting to be eaten. I hate to throw them out or waste them, so when I was at the store yesterday I bought the Chiquita Banana Bread Mix. I would say I’m quite fond of banana bread- it was always one of my favorites growing up. And, the mix seemed easy enough. All I needed was an egg, some water, and some bananas. I’m in!

So, when I got home I preheated my oven, took out a bowl to mix and started. I mashed up 1 cup of bananas, added the mix, 1 egg and 1/3 of a cup of water. It mixed rather easily and quickly. I poured it into a pan after spraying some nonstick cooking spray and waited for about 40-45 minutes.

It was a nice golden brown on top. I took a sliver and was instantly happy. Now this is BANANA BREAD! Fluffy, moist, sweet, absolutely delicious. I loved how I could even see the litte pieces of banana in the bread once it was cooked. It was even slightly sticky on the top of the bread.

The only thing I didn’t like was that it was rather low in fiber, and did not have any whole wheat flour in it. Other than that, this product gets 4 1/2 stars. I will CERTAINLY buy this mix again and make delicious banana bread. I might take the suggestion from the box and add some walnuts, as I love the banana bread walnut combination. I can’t stop taking a little piece everytime I walk by the bread that’s sitting on my table! 🙂

1 slice prepared (62 grams) is 150 calories. In mix (33 grams) is 130 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite type of bread? Banana bread is certainly mine!! 😉

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