This delicious banana loaf is so very much more than it first appears to be. Loaded with nutrition it is a much healthier option to basic bread recipes. Economical, quick and easy to prepare, and absolutely beyond belief in how wonderful this fruit and nut bread tastes.
Because it is a quick bread the recipe cooks up without kneading or having to wait for the loaves to rise. Just mix the ingredients together in a large bowl, pop the dough into prepared baking pans, and bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Preparation and clean up are a breeze for this recipe.
The loaves can also be frozen for future convenience, so go ahead and bake up a double batch if you like. The walnuts and raisins in this bread make it a perfect holiday fruit and nut loaf to serve up when friends or relatives visit.
Ingredients and Directions: Ripe Bananas are Best for This Recipe
2 1/2 cups mashed over ripe bananas. This is about 6 large bananas or 7 - 8 small bananas.
4 tbsp olive oil
2/3 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
7 tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
1) Prepare you loaf pans (directions are below). Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) In a large bowl mix together the first 7 ingredients.
3) Add in remaining ingredients and mix to form a sticky dough.
4) Divide dough among 4 loaf pans. Should be between 1/4 to 1/2 pan full.
5) Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 65 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pans. Tap the bottom of the pan to make removing the loaves easier.
How to Prepare Bread Pans
Now Let's Prepare the Batter
Divide the Batter Into Four Loaf Pans. Bake at 350 Degrees
for 55 to 65 Minutes.
Take into account that ovens can vary in temperature quite a bit so your loaves can take anywhere between 55 and 65 to fully cook.
You can tell when your banana loaf is finished baking as it will pull away from the sides of the pan when it is done. Allow loaves to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from pan.
Home Baking: There Really is no Comparison in Taste
The smell of banana bread cooking in the oven is enough to send a grown man to his knees begging for the first piece. The aroma is glorious.
To most of us the smell of home baking is very traditional. It brings back memories of arriving home from school and sniffing the air around us as we entered the house. Memories of gathering in a warm kitchen and of feeling very loved.
I remember myself and my siblings holding in our hands the hot thick slices of this heavy brown bread. It drenched in soft melting butter because thankfully my mother did not make us wait till it was cooled before we were allowed to eat.
How do You Add a Little Healthier Twist to the Foods You Eat?
This Bread has a Number of Nutritional Benefits
Although basic Banana Bread smothered in butter is a delicious nutritious snack, add walnuts to your banana bread recipe and you have added nutritional benefits. You not only add extra flavor and a nice crunchy texture but you also increase the health benefits of this snack dramatically.
Most nuts have a high fat content but generally they also offer up many health benefits as well. The good news on walnuts is that they contain high amounts of Omega 3 fats and these are good fats. Omega-3 fats are required by our bodies to insure that we have an optimum level of health. They can reduce cholesterol, improve heart health, improve brain and memory functioning, and amazingly act as a natural anti-inflammatory for those who suffer from arthritis or other inflammatory based illness.
If you add raisins to your banana bread then you increase the body's ability to fend off health problems. Raisins are a powerful antioxidant, they also contain iron, potassium, calcium and a few B vitamins. They also add a nice tasty zip to your already delicious banana bread.
Cherries are another powerful antioxidant that go good in many recipes and they are actually a natural pain reliever. Tossing in a few cherries makes a nice colorful additive to the banana bread giving it a slight pink tinge. It also serves to add a nice little zing in flavour much like the raisins do.
Just to Sum up all That Home Baked Goodness
Bananas are best known for their low cholesterol - high potassium content. They are also rich in vitamin A, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid, vitamin C, a large range of B vitamins as well as, Calcium, Magnesium, iron and zinc.
Walnuts are well known for their high amounts of healthy Omega 3 fats. These are important as they have the ability to reduce cholesterol, improve heart health, improve brain and memory functioning, and in addition have the ability to act as a natural anti-inflammatory for those who suffer from arthritis.
Raisins are a powerful antioxidant as well they provide us with extra iron, potassium, calcium and a few B vitamins.
You can see how easy it is to create a healthy snack for the people that you care about. Just be creative and think wisely when choosing your ingredients.
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