Betta Banana Bread, Big Bites + BSI

by Jenn (eating bender) on October 5, 2008

It’s been a great day to “B” alive :mrgreen: Ha, get it?

Thank you for the lovely comments about my Blogger Secret Ingredient recipe! More on that uber-exciting contest at the end of this post!


I went on a GREAT run this morning – it was wonderful to feel the crisp fall air! It definitely pushed me to go further than I would on a warmer, muggier day. I think this means I will do it more often – at least until it gets below 40 degrees. I calculated my mileage on Google Pedometer and went just over 4 miles at just over an 8 minute/mile pace. This pace is good for me right now, but I was going all out and I definitely do not think I could run much further than 4 miles at this point. But with all the races that I’ve been reading about in the blogosphere lately, I’m becoming more and more motivated to quicken my pace and – eventually – go even farther.

The reason I mention the run is that while I was out, I literally day dreamed of making banana bread! I knew I had a couple of extra ripe bananas and I’ve been meaning to make a better banana bread recipe than I did the last time I made it. I don’t mean to bash my own recipe, but it definitely wasn’t the best banana bread I’ve ever had – and I knew I could do better. So I switched up the recipe and I like this version much better.

Ingredients (makes 16 small slices):

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 3 tbsp. Promise Light Buttery Spread
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 medium mashed bananas (200g)



Preheat oven to 350*

Combine dry, combine wet, combine wet and dry :) You know the drill. I left my batter a little lumpy because I wanted to be able to see some banana chunks in the bread. Then I poured it into a greased circular bread pan and baked it at 350* for 45-55 minutes (depending on oven). The bread should be a golden brown color and cooked around the edges.

It came out looking much more fabulous this time! It had more of an actual crumbly bread texture – the last time it was a little too firm – and smelled spectacular throughout my place.

I proceeded to cut the loaf into 16 tiny slices so that I could prolong the enjoyment.

And then, of course, I had to try a slice to see how it compared in taste!

This bread is SO moist. As you can see in the picture, the banana chunks really give it a wet texture. And yet, on the far right of the slice, you can see more of the bread, crumbly texture. I personally like the fact that you get a little bit of both. I think the applesauce also helped keep it moist. I gave a slice to my roommate for an unbiased judgment. Here are her thoughts:

  • She really liked the fruity sweetness present throughout
  • She would have liked it to be a little less moist (perhaps more flour?)
  • As a healthy treat, it was a wonderful choice
  • Overall, she really enjoyed it!


Nutrition Information (per slice):

  • 60 calories
  • 1g fat
  • 11g carbohydrates
  • 1g fiber
  • 2g protein



At the beginning of the school year, it’s customary for the local eateries near my campus to have an event called Big Bite Nite, where students can show their I.D. cards and be treated to free food. It literally takes over the whole city and you can walk blocks and blocks to get appetizers, dinner and dessert :) Basically, it’s a foodie’s dream. Tonight, I went with my roommate and took plenty of pictures!

So as you can see, we started out at Whole Foods, where we were given a bag filled with goodies, including menus and coupons (!!). The first sample was from Whole Foods: cheese pizza and a vegan Asian brown rice salad. I didn’t eat the pizza (too greasy looking for my taste and I knew there’d be plenty more food to come), but the salad was delicious.

Our next stop was a local coffee shop, where they were handing out their most raved about drink: iced mochas! These are absolutely sensational. I’ve had them in the past, and they have the perfect balance of coffee, cream/milk and mocha syrup!

Then it was on to one of my favorite Japanese restaurants, Koi, which was dishing out to-go containers of edamame and fortune cookies! These were a bit difficult to eat while walking, so I have them saved in my fridge for later!

The next two stops were in unison: Potbelly and Pita Pete’s, which I’ve blogged about before and absolutely adore. Potbelly’s was serving chocolate chip cookies. I ate about 1/2 of mine because it was nothing special and I knew we still had a long way to go. Pita Pete’s served up some of their homemade pita chips and hummus, both of which are amazing! I ate ’em all.

The next two back-to-back stops were argo tea and Lulu’s, a Dim Sum restaurant I’ve never tried before. At argo, I tried a sample of the Carolina Honey tea, but it tasted like pure honey, so after about two sips I couldn’t take it anymore :( But I happily finished my entire Lulu’s egg roll with sweet and sour sauce. It was perfect. Who else just loves egg rolls?

The next stop on our trek was an Italian restaurant called Bravo, which served up the most amazing tiramisu EVER! I’m serious – tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, so I’ve had it many times before…and this one was the best I have ever had! The cake was extra spongy and had a distinct coffee taste, and the creamy topping was better than ever. “Bravo,” Bravo!

Then we headed over to Cosi. Now, if you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know very well my obsession with this place. Well, to further prove why I adore it, they were providing GINORMOUS samples of my favorite sandwich – Tuscan Pesto Chicken!

After falling in love with Cosi all over again, the roomie and I headed to a local restaurant called Pomegranate, which serves up Mediterranean food at good prices. I was a little hummus-ed out at this point, so I just had the deliciously fresh pita bread.

Oh, and it must be mentioned that this place had a little extra flair:

Who knew that there was such thing as a PITA costume?? Halloween, anyone?!

The final stop on our tour – are you getting full yet? – was a place called J.K. Sweet, which has always intrigued me because of its combination of Asian cuisine and Edy’s ice cream. Interesting, no? They served a beef stir-fry with a scoop of Edy’s vanilla. I only had a bite of the stir-fry because it wasn’t so great, but you can never turn down Edy’s. Well, at least I can’t!

Wowza! Quite the assortment, right? As you can probably guess, I was pretty stuffed by the time Big Bite Nite was over. But it was amazing. I got a $5.00 off coupon to use at Whole Foods, so look for a big grocery shop in the near future!


Tonight is the final call for this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient contest, featuring butternut squash! I am so impressed by all of the entries I’ve received! You are all so creative! Tonight, I will post all the entries I have received below, so please check to make sure your name is on the list! If I’m missing anybody, please let me know – I sincerely apologize, and will add you before making the final decision!


Rose – On a Lobster Placemat – Butternut Squash Fries

Meghann – The Inner Workings of a College Graduate – Butternut Squash Strata

Chandra – Chandra’s Shenanigans – Butternut Squash Ravioli

Jessica – Apples and Butter – Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Christie – What I Ate Yesterday – Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash

Olga – Healthing It – Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins

Jen – Running with Food – Roasted Butternut Squash and Tomato Pizza with Figs, Goat Cheese & Toasted Walnuts, Butternut Squash and Navy Bean Soup, and Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash, Ham, Sage and Toasted Walnuts

Jess – See Jess Run – Stuffed Acorn Squash (substitution based on pantry contents!)

Mi – Whole Foods for Whole Me – Butternut Squash Apple Butter

Lauren – athlEAT – Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Maggie – Say Yes to Salad – Butternut Squash “Pad Thai”

Erin – Care to Eat – Butternut Pancakes

Caroline – The Broccoli Hut – Butternut Squash Oatmeal and Yogurt

Melissa – Trying to Heal – Butternut Squash Hash

Christie – Sportsnutritionliving – Butternut Squash Veggie Stir Fry in Tomato Sauce

Krista – Krista’s Kravings – Butternut Squash & Turnip Bake

Brittany – Eating Bird Food – Butternut Squash Pesto Pizza

Shannon – Tri to Cook – Butternut Squash Puree and Butternut Snack Bites

Kat – Blog Reader (hey!) – Stuffed Butternut Squash With Barley and Smoked Turkey


I will announce the winner after discussing the entries with Bobby tomorrow! I need to have an outside opinion because it’s very hard to choose with so much creativity going on! After I announce the winner, I will also choose the next blogger to take on the contest responsibilities – yay!

Whew, this was a long one :) I hope you enjoyed! I can’t believe the weekend is over already! What are your plans for this week?

Sweet dreams, loverlies! And Happy Monday!

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marianne October 5, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Your banana bread looks great, and I love how you baked it in a springform pan! I always make loaves, but that looks like more fun!


2 Melissa S. October 5, 2008 at 10:56 pm

wow, your banana bread looks really good and i love that you made it in the springform pan!! i never would have thought of that!!!

and dang!!! what a great event to have at school! i’m so jealous!!!

this week i’ve got the usual work, but i also have a follow up doctor’s appt about my funky throat tightening and nausea…and supposedly i have some sort of allergies they didn’t want to discuss on the phone…suspicious? anyways..yes. hope you have a good week planned!


3 Erin October 5, 2008 at 11:01 pm

The Big Bite sounds like a Big BLAST! How fun! I wish you’d called me – I would have joined ya’ll!
I love how the BSI has totally taken off. Look how many people entered! Your ingredient choice was obviously popular. Great job. :)


4 magpie October 5, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Ooo I love your recipe. Looks like you had a lovely day :)

Hehe, I always laugh when you talk about your Bobby because of my own Bobby 😛

My plans for the week – relax! Last week I was sick and had a doctor’s appt and was just too busy, so this week I’m gonna take it easy :) Have a good night! I think my plans for tonight are to read over my nutrition notes and maybe read the text a bit.


5 Kristie October 5, 2008 at 11:05 pm

That banana bread looks completely amazing. I LOVE how moist it is. I want to make it right now. I don’t have ripe bananas. This makes me sad. I guess I will have to wait a few days for it. Hopefully my bananas will ripen quickly! And not get eaten by my banana munching family before then… yeah right.

Why can’t WE have a Big Bite Night? That sounds like the most amazing idea ever! I’m pretty much insanely jealous of everything you got to sample.
And that pita costume… where can I get my hands on one of those?!

Now I really wish I had bought about 5 butternut squashes today rather than one… so many recipes to try out!


6 Andrea October 5, 2008 at 11:16 pm

ummmm 4miles at an 8min pace is fantastic!!! great job girl :) i love how all you bloggers are becoming better runners and doing races – it’s so motivating and makes me try harder too! that banana bread sounds so good – and at 60cal per slice = so my type of banana bread


7 Hangry Pants October 6, 2008 at 5:29 am

Look at all those bitter nut squash recipes! Can’t wait to see who you pick!

Big Bite Night looks great and I love the Pita Costume.

You should definitely sign up for a 5k if you can run 4 miles that easily already!


8 glidingcalm October 6, 2008 at 6:15 am

wow Big Bites sounds like it was so much fun!! $5 coupon to WF?! JEALOUS!

And that banana bread looks SENSATIONAL! I’ll keep that recipe in mind….though baking banana bread can be dangerous for me. I have ZERO self control!! Yogurt in Banana bread is also really tasty though!

SO EXCITED to hear about the BSI winners!!

have a happy Monday lady!


9 Nicole October 6, 2008 at 7:41 am

The banana bread looks fantastic!

Big Bite Night sounds PERFECT. Oh my gosh!


10 eatingbirdfood October 6, 2008 at 7:44 am

The Big Bite Night sounds awesome. It looked as though you got plenty of great treats. I too, love Cosi.. have you ever made your own smores there? The stir fry on edy’s icecream is quite interesting.. but like you said you can resist edy’s icecream.. not me, thats fo sho.

eatingbirdfood ~ I’ve always wanted to try making my own s’mores!!


11 lauren October 6, 2008 at 7:44 am

the whole Big Bite thing sounds awesome!


12 VeggieGirl October 6, 2008 at 7:49 am

HAHA!! Yes, Miss Eating Bender, I get it 😉 I love that you and I have the same sense of humor!! 😀

Banana bread (with a great review from the roommate!!) + great run + Big Bite food porn (haha) with WF coupon + tons of BSI participants = HELL YES!! :-)


13 Melissa October 6, 2008 at 7:54 am

Oh yum – your post just made me really, really hungry with all those yummy goodies!!! :)

And your banana bread looks fantastic!!! I just love baking bread! I baked apple bread yesterday and couldn’t keep my hands away from it!

Good luck on deciding the winners – looks like a lot of great recipes! I’ve still never used butter nut squash…I’m afraid of it for some reason :)


14 Christie I. October 6, 2008 at 7:55 am

That Big Bite event looks fab!

I can’t wait for the BSI winner!


15 fitnessista October 6, 2008 at 8:00 am

OH MY! i want to go to big bite! at our school, we got free chipotle sometimes, but that was pretty much it!!! looks like an amazing time!!
i LOVE the banana bread recipe! can’t wait to try it– i bought some bananas that are specifically destined for banana bread 😀
good luck choosing the winner of the BSI contest!! all of the entires look delicious!!
have a great day!


16 Allison October 6, 2008 at 8:00 am

HOLY COW – I am so incredibly jealous of your Big Bite Night – that is AWESOME! And it looks like you got to eat some pretty amazing stuff!

All of the butternut recipes sound so good – I don’t envy you for having to judge them! :)


17 Megan October 6, 2008 at 8:04 am

That banana bread looks absolutely amazing! I could use some right now.

Look at all those yummy recipes. It is going to be hard to choose a winner.


18 runningwithfood October 6, 2008 at 8:16 am

Big Bite Nite sounds awesome! More cities should have a similar event to promote their great eats!

The banana bread looks great!!


19 Krista October 6, 2008 at 8:27 am

OMG! There are SO many delicious looking butternut squash recipes to try!

I can’t believe all that awesome looking food you ate! I think little bites are the way to go. I especially liked the looks of that Tiramisu!

I have a few bananas just begging me to turn them into your banana bread recipe! YUM!


20 graduatemeghann October 6, 2008 at 8:31 am

Wow you have a hard decision ahead of you.

Would you mind posting the reader’s recipe?



21 Christie October 6, 2008 at 8:39 am

Man thats a lot of recipes.. thanks for recaping that all and its going to be tough judging! I am so jelous of all those samples you got!


22 Sarah October 6, 2008 at 8:40 am

wow. Wow. WOW. Big Bite Night sounds AWESOME!!!! free bites of delicious food—omg I’m so jealous! tiramisu and cosi sandwich look SO good. I wish there was a cosi around here!

GREAT job on the run! That’s totally impressive, just keep it up and running longer distances will get much easier. Also, try slowing down a little. Even if you feel like you’re dragging at first you’ll be able to run for MUCH longer at a slower pace.

mmmm banana bread looks good!

Have a great week!

Sarah ~ Thank you so much for the running tip :)


23 runjess October 6, 2008 at 9:27 am

Have you tried using yogurt in your banana bread? My fave healthy banana bread recipe uses nonfat vanilla, and it’s delicious!

runjess ~ I’ve never tried it with yogurt before, but it sounds amazing!


24 Natalie October 6, 2008 at 9:52 am

Big bite nite looks awesome! I love that pita costume. :)

The BSI recipes sound great, its so hard chosing which one to make first!


25 jenngirl October 6, 2008 at 11:32 am

OH. MY. GOSH. I want to eat that moist banana bread off my screen! Congrats on the successful recipe Jenn!

Have a fabulous day :)


26 rhodeygirltests October 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm

oooh can’t wait for the winner! who is doing next week’s?!?!?! (not point fingers at myself and saying pick me pick me, i swear!)


27 wholefoodswholeme October 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm

your banana bread looks phenomenal!! i’m kind of glad i have none of those in this house since i’m sure i would be waking up lots of pounds heavier tomorrow :p looks soooo good!! and what a great turnout for the BSI entries! told you you picked a good one 😀


28 Apples and Butter October 6, 2008 at 5:01 pm

My plan for the week is to get back to the weekend as soon as possible. I cannot believe it’s Monday! Thanks for running the contest and good luck choosing!


29 Juliet October 7, 2008 at 12:07 am

Wow. That bread looks delicious. I was looking at it thinking that it must be a ton of calories, and then I saw that it is only 60 calories per slice and I was floored. Please let me know if you’d ever be willing to guest post this recipe. It looks absolutely amazing!

Juliet ~ Aw, thanks so much! I would love to guest post sometime! Just shoot me an email at!


30 eatingbender October 7, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Thanks to all for your comments on the banana bread and Big Bite Nite! It was definitely a great time :)


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