Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Banana Bread

We eat/buy a lot of Bananas and so a lot of times we have Banana's that are too ripe and going bad, and I love Banana Bread and it's so easy to make. Here is the Betty Crocker recipe that I usually use, and then below I'll post the moderations I do to make it a little "more healthy". Or so I like to think. ;-)

Banana Bread

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts, if desired

1. Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2 inches, or 1 loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.
2. Mix sugar and butter in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pans.
3. Bake 8-inch loaves about 1 hour, 9-inch loaf about 1 1/4 hours, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

My Banana Bread

1 1/4 c Brown Sugar
1/2 c Applesauce
2 Large Eggs
1 1/2 c Mashed Bananas (3 Med sized Bananas)
1/2 c Plain Yogurt
1 t. Vanilla
1 T Molasses (optional)
2 1/2 c Whole Wheat Flour
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Salt
Wheat Bran or Flax Seed (optional)

Bake @ 350 for 30-40 minutes. (The recipe says 1 hour, but it's never taken that long for me)

Bananas, Brown Sugar. (I usually like to mash the two together)
Add Applesauce, Molasses, Vanilla, and Eggs

Add Yogurt
Add Baking Soda and Salt
I just sprinkle some Wheat Bran and Flaxseed in there.
Add the Flour
Put into two pans. (and as you can tell mine are different sizes, but it works.)

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