Banana Spelt Muffins

Banana Spelt Bread

Spelt is an heirloom whole grain, a member of the wheat family that has been around since the Egyptians.  It adds extra protein and fiber to these muffins.  

How come I can eat half a loaf of this bread when I can only eat 1 loaf of Starbuck's Banana Nut Bread?

The Starbucks version has 420 calories and 21g of fat per slice.  That's what happens when you use refined white flour, oil, eggs, and sugar.  Even if it is "natural" it's still 420 calories.

This version has whole grain flour, applesauce, almond milk, and dates.  That comes to just 125 calories and less than 3g of fat per slice.  

I'd rather pass on the oil and sugar...pass me another slice of bread, please.

Ingredient and Nutrition Info:

Spelt Banana Bread

1 cup spelt flour
1 cup brown rice flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
¼ cup applesauce
¾ cup dates, soaked in warm water 10 minutes to soften
3/4 cup almond milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups mashed bananas (about 3 small or 2 large)
½ cup walnuts

Servings: 18
Yield: 2 loaves, 18 muffins, or 3 mini loaves

Serving size: 1/18 of a recipe (2.1 ounces).

Amount Per Serving
Calories 124.36
Calories From Fat (19%) 23.8
Calories From Protein (7%) 9.07
Calories From Carbohydrates (73%) 90.35

Total Fat 2.81g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.27g 1%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.39g 
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.64g 
Trans Fatty Acids 0g 
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 162.45mg 7%
Potassium 200.06mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 23.23g 8%
Fiber 2.67g 11%

Sugar 7.53g 
Net Carbohydrates 20.56g 
Protein 2.45g 5%


Vitamin A 35.21IU <1%
Vitamin C 2.42mg 4%
Calcium 46.58mg 5%
Iron 1.81mg 10%
Vitamin E 0.57mg 6%
Vitamin D 4.17IU 1%
Thiamin 0.95mg 63%
Riboflavin 0.48mg 28%
Niacin 2.15mg 11%

Vitamin B6 0.16mg 8%
Folate 9.85mcg 2%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Pantothenic Acid 0.27mg 3%
Vitamin K 0.4mcg <1%
Phosphorus 62.61mg 6%
Magnesium 24.18mg 6%
Zinc 0.37mg 2%
Copper 0.1mg 5%
Manganese 0.54mg 27%
Selenium 0.58mcg <1%
Alcohol 0.17g 
Caffeine 0mg 
Water 20.02g 0%

For Starbucks nutrition info: http://www.starbucks.com/menu/food/bakery/banana-walnut-pecan-bread-lb

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