Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The best banana bread (really!)

The Best Banana Bread

Bake until golden brown
There are a zillion banana bread recipes available and some are mearly cake in disguise while others are too dry or crumbly. Some are too sweet, others lack the nuts and cinnamon that I love. This one is just right!! And.....it's healthy! The applesauce reduces unnecessary fat, sugar is cut way down and the oats add healthy soluble fiber and also help the bread to stay fresh longer...not that this bread is going to last very long!

The best part? This recipe comes together in minutes using only one bowl! Give it a try!

I have shared this recipe with my roommates and they have personalized it; one added a lovely swirl of nutella and the other swirled in peanut butter. Both are delicious! I sometimes add a handful of dark chocolate chips.

The Best Banana Bread

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¾ c. whole wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 whole egg
3 whole overripe (nearly black) bananas
¼ cup canola oil
½ cup old fashioned oats
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup pecans
½  cup dried cherries or raisins, if desired


1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray loaf pan (or mini loaf pans) with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Add ingredients to mixing bowl in order listed. Mix just until combined.
3. Pour into greased loaf pan and sprinkle top with a small handful of plain oats. Bake at 350 for 1
hour (less for mini pans) or until toothpick comes out clean .

*This freezes well if you'd be so motivated as to make a double batch. Your friends and coworkers would also love a loaf as a gift
*This recipe works just as well with fresh ripe bananas as bananas that have been frozen and thawed

Mix all ingredients gently in one big bowl
Pour into prepared loaf pan and decorate with pecans if you're feeling fancy
Bake until golden brown


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