Almond Butter Banana Bread

1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup fresh ground almond butter
2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups mashed banana
1/3 cup non-fat yogurt
1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven 350° F. Grease and flour a loaf pan.

In a large bowl, beat sugar and almond butter until fluffy. Beat in eggs on low speed until blended then add bananas and yogurt. Beat for 30 seconds. Stir in remaining ingredients until just combined and pour into loaf pan. Sprinkle top with pecans, if using.

Bake 55 to 60 minutes until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the loaf.

Cool in pan for 5 minutes and remove to cooling rack.

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