RECIPE: Modified “Deceptively Delicious” Banana Bread!

banana bread

Several years ago, Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica, released a cookbook called “Deceptively Delicious”, which was filled with kid-friendly recipes featuring hidden vegetables. Basically the recipes required the addition of vegetable purees (broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato, etc). For instance, chicken nuggets were dipped into pureed broccoli befor being coated with breading so that kids wouldn’t know they were eating a vegetable.

I actually bought “Deceptively Delicious” thinking I could use if myself as I cannot stand most vegetables. However, I found the process of cooking and pureeing all of the vegetables (which you do in advance and then freeze) too time-consuming. The only recipe I even attempted was the banana bread, and I cheated on that one by not even including the pureed cauliflower!

Following is my modified version of the cookbook’s recipe for Banana Bread. It really IS amazing bread, even without the cauliflower!



  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 5 ripe bananas, pureed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the sugar and oil until well combined. Mix in egg whites and then the banana and finally the vanilla.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet and blend until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into pan and back until a toothpick comes out clean, 45-60 minutes.


One thought on “RECIPE: Modified “Deceptively Delicious” Banana Bread!

  1. Ann -You can use baby food for the puréed vegetables 🙂 I make an awesome Carrot Cake recipe that calls for 3 jars of baby food puréed carrots ! You might want to give the book a second go around using baby food purée , they even make organic baby food which is even more beneficial! You & Pappa & even the doggies need a daily serving of vegetables.. :0) My 2 rescue dogs Love mini carrots as treats ,sliced cucumbers,raw green beans,sweet potatoes & apples ! You can introduced them to Charlie soon & maybe Lucy might like to indulge in a new taste & texture too !
    Just an FYI ..ABSOLUTELY NO ..Grapes,Dried Fruits of Any Sort ! & Onions..
    You can google for a full list of doggie no-no’s !
    LOL..this reply went from People to Doggies ! ,”I guess it went to the dogs” LOL

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