Grinding the flaxseeds enables your body to get all the benefit of their fiber, lignans, and omega-3s. There's added fiber here from whole-wheat flour; and olive oil replaces butter for a healthier loaf.
1/2 cup whole flaxseeds
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup extra-light olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1-1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 2 medium)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 9" x 5" loaf pan.
- In mini-food processor or coffee grinder, process flaxseeds until finely ground, 20 to 30 seconds.
- In large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground flaxseeds. In medium bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, whole egg, egg white, and bananas. Make a well in center of flour mixture and pour in banana mixture. Stir until just combined. Stir in walnuts.
- Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then run a spatula around the edge of loaf to loosen and invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 10 slices
Nutrition Information (values are per slice)
223 calories o 11 g total fat (1.1g saturated) o 18 mg cholesterol o 2.4 g dietary fiber (0.5 g soluble) o 30 g carbohydrate o 5 g protein o 175 mg sodium
Source: UC Berkeley WellnessLetter.com