This sweet bread has less oil than most traditional recipes, but you won't miss it. Extra bananas keep it moist.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 medium-size ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
Vegetable cooking spray
Light whipped cream cheese spread (optional)
How to Make It
Stir together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
Stir together bananas and next 4 ingredients; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Gently fold in walnuts.
Pour batter into a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350° for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Serve with light whipped cream cheese, if desired.
Note: Nutritional analysis does not include cream cheese.
This is tender, lots of banana flavor and not too sweet. I made 12 muffins because it's quicker to bake than a loaf. I replaced the nuts with a 1 cup of frozen cranberries due to allergies and because I just love those and sprinkled the top with raw sugar. I love the whole wheat flour in this recipe because the banana makes this a darker bread and you can't tell it's whole wheat.
Exactly what I wanted -a recipe loaded with bananas!
This is a delicious recipe! I used softened butter for the fat, added a dash of salt, and used pure organic maple syrup instead of sugar since the rest of my ingredients were organic. My husband couldn't believe how healthy this was based on how good it tasted, this is a sign of an amazing recipe to me.
I make this all the time, and my family loves it. I have made it with both regular whole wheat flour and white whole wheat flour, and both have worked beautifully every time. The bananas and cinnamon mask any "hearty" whole wheat flavor if that's a concern for anyone. We eat it warm, plain or with cream cheese. It's delicious with tea, for snack, or as part of breakfast.
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