Heavenly Healthy Banana Bread

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature*
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 medium very ripe bananas, cut into chunks
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9″ X 5″ loaf pan.

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla, baking soda, salt and bananas, beating until well combined. The mixture will be fairly smooth with some small chunks of banana.

Beat in the honey and eggs.

Add the flour, then the walnuts, stirring until smooth.

Spoon batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top. Allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

Bake the bread for 50 minutes, then gently lay a piece of aluminum foil across the top to prevent over-browning. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove it and allow it to cool completely on a rack.

*To further lighten this recipe, substitute 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup natural applesauce

Seves 12 to 16
WW PP per 12 slices: 6  (5 with butter/applesauce)
WW PP per 16 slices: 5  (4 with butter/applesauce)