Banana Nut Bread

by Allyson

A healthy recipe for banana nut bread that all will savor!
We are smoothie-aholics around this house.   So when our Vita-Mix broke last week, we had an abundance of fruit that either needed to be frozen, or used in some other way.  Procrastination led us to have some very over ripe bananas…. which can only mean one thing!

BANANA NUT BREAD!

Ingredients

my banana nut bread in a baking pan

1 ¼ cups flour (whole wheat or all-purpose)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs, good if you can get them to room temp before beginning
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup unsalted butter or ½ cup applesauce (or you could do a combination of the two, ¼ of each is my preferred compromise)
1 cup brown sugar
3 very overripe bananas, peeled and mashed

½ cup cooked walnuts, chopped, crumbled or crushed, depending on preference

My Recipe for Healthy Banana Nut Bread

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Sift the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla, and set that aside.

Mix the butter (or applesauce) and sugar until light and creamy, a standing mixer or handheld mixer works best, but a strong arm and a fork will do the trick as well.  Slowly pour in the egg mixture, until it looks a little like curdled milk.  Continue mixing while you add in the bananas.

Using a rubber spatula, mix in the flour mixture with everything else until its nice and smooth.  Then fold in the nuts.

Pour the batter into a 9×5 pan coated with non-stick cooking spray and cook for around an hour, maybe a little less.

The smell will have the neighbors begging to babysit your children and mow your lawn… just for a taste.

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