Saturday, January 12

Whole Grain Banana Bread

I have made this bread a few times. Can't believe I haven't shared this recipe yet. We make a lot of banana bread in our home because no one likes brown bananas. So the bananas get lovely transformed into milkshakes, banana bread, or banana pancakes. No complaints here! This loaf bread recipe is easy and most of the time it only takes 15 minutes to throw it together and 65-70 minutes in the oven. It is great for breakfast, brunch, afternoon snacks with coffee & friends.  It would be an excellent homemade gift, if you wrapped it up cute.  love the nutrition in this bread with three fruits, and my husband and son love the sweetness from the fruit, honey, and brown sugar. Win win! :) Try it. You won't be disappointed. This recipe was adapted from a Light & Tasty 2002 magazine recipe. To find it click here

Grab two bowls one for wet ingredients and one for dry ingredients. 

The dry ingredients you need are:
1/2 cup oat flour
2/3 cup corn meal (finely ground not the course stuff you use for cornbread - if you can't find this use all purpose)
1 cup of all purpose unbleached flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped nuts ( I used walnut but use your favorite nut)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar

The wet ingredients you need are: 
2 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
4 really ripe (disgustingly brown) bananas, mashed
scant 1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup homemade pear applesauce, heaping (click on link for a good recipe)
2 tsp vanilla extract

1.Mix ingredients in their separate bowls
2.Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet bowl slowly while mixing it
4.Once the mixture is combined and looks homogeneous, prep the loaf pan with butter or non stick spray
5. Pour the nutty fruity mixture into the pan and bake for approx 70-75 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Check on it at the 1 hr mark. If it is looking too dark on the top, cover it with foil. 
6. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes and put on a wire rack before storing or serve immediately. 

*Note: Please do wait the whole 10 minutes after baking or it will not come out in one piece. Trust me! haha I have tried to skip this step before.

Yeilds approx 10 slices :) 

From my kitchen to yours! 

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