Hey you guys!
How’s your Christmas season been? I’ve had a blast! Christmas is a time for reflecting, a time for refining, and a time for baking!!! My family was in the mood for some of My Banana Nut Bread, so I went ahead and made some.
Banana Nut Bread
- 3-4 large ripe bananas
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (or oat flour)
- 1TB baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds or chopped walnuts
- 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- optional: a dash of each ground nutmeg, allspice and cloves
Mash together the bananas, water, and applesauce until you get it all “puree-ed.”
(You can also do this step in a blender – I usually do that when I’m using frozen bananas.)
Mix in the flour, flax, and oats (if you blended up the wet ingredients, pour the wet mixture into a bowl and then mix in the flour, flax, and oats).
Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.
…pour into a sprayed baking pan…
…level the batter with your spoon/spatula….
…and give it some “alone time” in a preheated 325*F (180 degree C) oven to develop all of those lovely flavors for about 40-50 minutes, or until the center bounces back when pressed and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan.
(FYI, this Banana Nut Bread usually doesn’t make it to the “cool stage” at my house before it gets devoured ).
I love spreading my slice of Banana Bread with Smart Balance, but I especially love it with Peanut Butter…..Almond Butter – now you’re talking!! ;) Spread a slice lovingly with your choice of topping (if you even have the patience to do that — otherwise, just dig in!) .
Freshly baked Banana Bread – voilà!
Enjoy! Thanks for reading!
Question: Favorite kind of bread? Favorite add-in (raisins, dried cranberries, walnuts, etc)? I enjoy making pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, zucchini, and carrot breads.